‘General’ Archive

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 […]

University evaluates Dormen mentoring

Over the last 18 months, a lecturer at Winchester Business School (part of Winchester University), Phill Jennison, has been undertaking a research project to evaluate the impact of Dormen's mentoring on small businesses in Dorset. Whilst Dormen had previously received very positive feedback from Mentees about the support it provides through mentoring, the research agenda was […]

Lucy is Gungho about Dormen mentors

Lucy Erskine, MD of Dorchester based Gungho Marketing, was recently interviewed by Gill Donnell MBE for her Successful Women website. She talks about how she built her business and how, in particular, she’s been helped and supported by two Dormen mentors. Listen to the interview below or read the transcript here.