‘General’ Archive

Dormen celebrates its 10th Birthday

Dormen recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at a special event held in Blandford Forum. 100 mentors, clients, friends and supporters (including Dorset MPs and Councillors) all gathered to recognise Dormen's success in supporting over 1100 small businesses over the last 10 years, through the mentoring undertaken by a growing team of volunteer mentors, which now […]

Dormen features on BBC South Today

Dormen featured recently on BBC's local news programme South Today, in a report by business correspondent Alastair Fee. Alastair interviewed Sam Acton of Domestic Angels with her mentor Martin Spooner, as well as Richard Lee of Plankbridge, and Vivian Dunn, one of Dormen's two Programme Managers.  

Sandra scoops Top UK Mentor Award

Dormen mentor Sandra Bigland has just won one of the UK's top mentoring awards. The ‘Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Awards’ ceremony took place at the BT Tower in London on 18th of November. This year, the event focussed on the role that mentoring plays in supporting female owned, or led, businesses. The Award categories were […]

New Videos make the case for Mentors

15 new Dormen Video Case Studies have just been completed and added to the Dormen website. They were filmed late last year and show 15 of our business clients – from right across Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole – talking about their experiences of working with their Dormen mentors. They range from a furniture maker to a […]

Dormen mentor climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Dormen mentor Gary Knight from Poole has just returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus, a Dorset-based charity that provides invaluable support for children and adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Gary, who trained hard over many months for the challenge, said: "Of the 19 of […]

Dorset Society features Shepherds’ Huts

Jane Dennison and Richard Lee are featured in a major article – entitled "Get far from the madding crowd in a shepherds' hut all of your own" – about Plankbridge's Shepherds' Huts in the Dorset Society magazine this month. It all started when Jane and Richard fell for the charms of a ramshackle shepherd’s hut […]

FSB Magazine features Ross’s Mentoring

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has featured Ross Nichols, one of Dormen’s volunteer mentors, in a recent article about the benefits of mentoring. The article includes a case study about SOS Swim, the Dorset business run by Maureen and Amanda Bursey, who have been working with Ross for the last two years. The business […]

Janine scoops another Garden Award

Janine Pattison Studios, based in Bournemouth, has received another award at the recent BALI National Landscape Awards 2012, held at the Grovesnor Hotel in London’s Park Lane. They won a Landscape Design Excellence Award for their latest Signature Collection garden at Lakeside Road. This was their fifth award in the past 12 months, including 2 at […]

Dormen Mentors meet Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Business, Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, visited Dorset today to meet local businesses. His day started early with a Breakfast Meeting, organised by WSX Enterprise, which included an interesting Q&A session for businesses to ask the Minister about various issues and Government policies that affect the business community. Amongst the large […]

Country Homes features Dormen client

The latest issue of 'Country Homes & Interiors' magazine features an article about Jane Dennison and Richard Lee's business, Plankbridge Hutmakers. Located near Puddletown, the business produces Shepherd's Huts, and has grown considerably over the last few years. Richard and Jane have worked with a Dormen mentor for some time and have found their mentor Tony […]