‘General’ Archive


We are delighted to announce that Investec Wealth & Investment are sponsoring our bi-annual Mentors Conference on 4th December. Investec Wealth & Investment have a background in supporting organisations who make a meaningful contribution to the local community. Their sponsorship recognises the centre of excellence  that is Dorset Business Mentors and our positive impact on […]

Small Business Saturday, 7th December – be part of it!

Small business Saturday on 7th December is a great opportunity to be part of something BIG! If you are a small business, find out all the ways you can be involved and benefit from this nationwide spotlight. Register your business, come up with a plan and take part in the huge social media campaign. Get […]

Kitchen table to <£350m turnover - Johnnie Boden shares 10 things he's learnt in business and life

Author: Charlotte Bowater / Joint Programme Manager. I recently attended the LSI Alembic Canteen in Bridport to listen to a talk given by British entrepreneur Johnnie Boden. Boden started in 1991 at the kitchen table with eight menswear products. Last year the business chalked up 2.5 million customers worldwide and sales of over £350 million […]

The Rose Review & Dormen: Powering up female entrepreneurs

The Treasury recently commissioned Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private banking at NatWest, to lead an independent review of female entrepreneurship. The resulting ‘Rose Review’, published in March this year, has shed renewed light on the barriers faced by women starting and growing businesses. The report and Government response set out eight steps to […]

DORMEN skills workshops

In addition to 1:1 mentoring DORMEN delivers skills workshops across areas such as ‘Managing Yourself More Effectively’, ‘Negotiating and Persuasion’, ‘Marketing’. These have been developed in conjunction with our Mentors to meet the needs of business owners. Workshops are all free of charge and are complimentary to those offered by the Dorset Growth Hub thanks […]

Discover Mentoring at our free events around Dorset

Throughout the year we take our popular ‘Discover Mentoring’ events around Dorset.  Our next stop is Gillingham, at the Guild of Fine Food on 4th November, 4-6pm. We will announce locations and dates in this section of our website, on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as Eventbrite where bookings are made for places. […]

A formula to clinch your elevator pitch

Do you struggle with your ‘elevator’ pitch? Here’s your solution!   It can be hard to communicate what makes your brand unique and different than your competitiors in a short and simple way. By Go Live HQ have produced a brilliant formula for producing your Brand Bio……    Use this one-sentence Brand Bio on your […]

Spring Clean your Business – Guidance and Tips

With the first couple of months of the year behind us and the risk of “Beasts from the East” diminishing the signs of new growth are starting to appear in the countryside around us. Irrespective of the weather this time of year our fields, woodlands and gardens begin to burst with new growth and opportunity […]

Research shows value of Mentoring

New research from insurance firm Hiscox has shed light on the level of global serial entrepreneurship, and found mentoring plays a huge role in success. In a survey involving 4,000 owners and senior executives in businesses with fewer than 50 employees across Europe (the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain) and the US, serial […]

The case for long term mentoring

Independent research on the impact of Dormen mentoring on responding businesses demonstrated that businesses which have longer periods of mentoring tend to report higher % sales improvement than those which have been mentored for shorter periods. In other words, the longer the period of mentoring, the greater the profit improvements. Such are the benefits of […]