GetSet for Growth

Supporting ambitious businesses in East Dorset achieve their growth ambitions


GetSet for Growth brings high quality, professional resources to your company. Our finance and marketing experts provide invaluable commercial insights and direction, drawn from first hand experience, to help you grow your bottom line.

We help you strengthen your business and marketing strategies in order to generate more money from more customers, and work with you to secure finance to invest in your growth.

Our service has already supported over 5,200 businesses across the UK that are looking to grow, who collectively turnover £1.5 billion. This support is available to you in East Dorset thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund and partners.


Support available:

Businesses that are eligible for the programme will benefit from strategic and highly practical growth workshops and hands-on 1:1 support relevant to their specific businesses challenges.

  • 1:1 hands on support

    Dedicated face-to-face sessions with a specialist Business Finance or Marketing advisor.

  • Practical workshops

    Tailored workshops to learn new skills and meet other local businesses.

  • An e-learning platform

    24/7 access to resources, templates and more through GetSet Answers.

Simply contact the team below to start benefiting from this fantastic support.

 

Get in touch

Upcoming events

Browse the list of our upcoming GetSet for Growth events in East Dorset, which you can book on to directly using the links below..

Business Finance Made Simple - The Hub

This hands-on workshop takes the fear our of your business finances and will cover the different financial statemements you need to get control of your business. Planning your business cashflow is one of the most crucial parts of planning your growth and the one that causes the most business failures.

Sales For Non Sales People - Poole

Do you dislike the idea of selling or do you feel nervous about the thought of having to sell your product or service? This workshop is all about how you can solve people’s problems with your product or service. It is more about how to communicate effectively so that you are helping people and at the same time making money for your business. It really is going back to the basics and knowing what works. 

Thursday, 19 July 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Instagram For Business - The Hub

So you’ve created a Instagram page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact? This workshop takes an in-depth look at Instagram and how to make it work for you and your business.

Planning Your Road Map For Growth - Poole

Welcome to the GetSet For Growth program for trading businesses, in Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth, looking for support to grow their businesses. Our marketing and finance support is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Monday, 23 July 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Building your Branding - The Hub

What does your brand say about your business? This engaging workshop looks at the importance of a businesses’ brand as the core part of a wider marketing strategy. We'll cover tone of voice, brand management, positioning within the marketplace and how to find your niche to ensure you build a winning brand for your business.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Search Engine Optimisation - The Hub

Gaining strong visibility and authority and positions on search engines can feel a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, with many elements needing to work together effectively - and often over many months - to gain you exposure.

Thursday, 26 July 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Alternative Finance For Your Business - The Hub

Traditionally, if you were looking for additional business funding your first port of call would be to your bank. But, as traditional bank lending has been in decline, a number of alternative funding companies have entered the market, offering you far more options. This workshop will cover some of alternative finance options available to your business including crowdfunding, invoice trading and angel investment and whether they would be a viable choice for your business. This will be most useful for B2B companies who have been trading for over 2 years.

Twitter for Business - The Hub

So you’ve created a Twitter page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact from your social media efforts. This workshop takes an in-depth look at Twitter, how to make Twitter work for you and how to put a strategy in place.

Thursday, 2 August 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

LinkedIn Advanced - The Hub

Using LinkedIn to expand your network and reputation, generate new leads and position yourself as an authority in your field. This advanced workshop is for LinkedIn users who have had their profile up and running for at least 6 months, and who have at least 250 connections. (See LinkedIn Essentials workshops for new or refresher users)

Thursday, 9 August 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Business Facebook Strategy - The Hub

So you’ve created a Facebook page for your business, have started posting regularly and are attracting followers. That’s great! But, without a proper strategy in place, how do you measure what’s working and what’s not, whether you’re posting content that’s of interest to your customers and if you’re achieving your businesses goals? In this practical session, we’ll cover all the aspects you should consider when developing a Facebook strategy for your business to ensure you’re achieving the maximum impact from your social media efforts.

Thursday, 9 August 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

LinkedIn Essentials - The Hub

All you need to know to get your new LinkedIn profile off the ground or refresh your LinkedIn knowledge, and make the most of the opportunities for expanding your network with this powerful social-for-business tool. 

Monday, 13 August 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Instagram For Business - The Hub

So you’ve created a Instagram page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact? This workshop takes an in-depth look at Instagram and how to make it work for you and your business.

Monday, 20 August 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Twitter for Business - Poole

So you’ve created a Twitter page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact from your social media efforts. This workshop takes an in-depth look at Twitter, how to make Twitter work for you and how to put a strategy in place.

Monday, 3 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Content Marketing - The Hub

You’ve no doubt heard that Content is King ‘everyone’s a publisher now’ The business benefits are clear: content marketing can raise your profile, boost your SEO, support conversions and deepen relationships with prospects and customers. In this high impact session, we'll explore these benefits in more detail and cover how to audit your existing website content, develop audience personas to improve engagement and plan & execute an editorial calendar. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

LinkedIn Advanced - The Hub

Using LinkedIn to expand your network and reputation, generate new leads and position yourself as an authority in your field. This advanced workshop is for LinkedIn users who have had their profile up and running for at least 6 months, and who have at least 250 connections. (See LinkedIn Essentials workshops for new or refresher users)

Thursday, 6 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Alternative Finance For Your Business - The Hub

Traditionally, if you were looking for additional business funding your first port of call would be to your bank. But, as traditional bank lending has been in decline, a number of alternative funding companies have entered the market, offering you far more options. This workshop will cover some of alternative finance options available to your business including crowdfunding, invoice trading and angel investment and whether they would be a viable choice for your business. This will be most useful for B2B companies who have been trading for over 2 years.

Monday, 10 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Business Facebook Strategy - Poole

So you’ve created a Facebook page for your business, have started posting regularly and are attracting followers. That’s great! But, without a proper strategy in place, how do you measure what’s working and what’s not, whether you’re posting content that’s of interest to your customers and if you’re achieving your businesses goals? In this practical session, we’ll cover all the aspects you should consider when developing a Facebook strategy for your business to ensure you’re achieving the maximum impact from your social media efforts.

Monday, 10 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Business Finance Made Simple - Poole

This hands-on workshop takes the fear our of your business finances and will cover the different financial statemements you need to get control of your business. Planning your business cashflow is one of the most crucial parts of planning your growth and the one that causes the most business failures.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

LinkedIn Essentials - Poole

All you need to know to get your new LinkedIn profile off the ground or refresh your LinkedIn knowledge, and make the most of the opportunities for expanding your network with this powerful social-for-business tool.

Thursday, 13 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Sales For Non Sales People - The Hub

Do you dislike the idea of selling or do you feel nervous about the thought of having to sell your product or service? This workshop is all about how you can solve people’s problems with your product or service. It is more about how to communicate effectively so that you are helping people and at the same time making money for your business. It really is going back to the basics and knowing what works. 

Monday, 17 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Instagram For Business - Poole

So you’ve created a Instagram page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact? This workshop takes an in-depth look at Instagram and how to make it work for you and your business.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Building your Branding - The Hub

What does your brand say about your business? This engaging workshop looks at the importance of a businesses’ brand as the core part of a wider marketing strategy. We'll cover tone of voice, brand management, positioning within the marketplace and how to find your niche to ensure you build a winning brand for your business.

Thursday, 20 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Planning Your Road Map For Growth - The Hub

Welcome to the GetSet For Growth program for trading businesses, in Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth, looking for support to grow their businesses. Our marketing and finance support is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Monday, 24 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Search Engine Optimisation - Poole

Gaining strong visibility and authority and positions on search engines can feel a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, with many elements needing to work together effectively - and often over many months - to gain you exposure.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Content Marketing - The Hub

You’ve no doubt heard that Content is King ‘everyone’s a publisher now’ The business benefits are clear: content marketing can raise your profile, boost your SEO, support conversions and deepen relationships with prospects and customers. In this high impact session, we'll explore these benefits in more detail and cover how to audit your existing website content, develop audience personas to improve engagement and plan & execute an editorial calendar. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

LinkedIn Advanced - The Hub

Using LinkedIn to expand your network and reputation, generate new leads and position yourself as an authority in your field. This advanced workshop is for LinkedIn users who have had their profile up and running for at least 6 months, and who have at least 250 connections. (See LinkedIn Essentials workshops for new or refresher users)

Thursday, 4 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Twitter for Business - The Hub

So you’ve created a Twitter page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact from your social media efforts. This workshop takes an in-depth look at Twitter, how to make Twitter work for you and how to put a strategy in place.

Thursday, 4 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

LinkedIn Essentials - The Hub

All you need to know to get your new LinkedIn profile off the ground or refresh your LinkedIn knowledge, and make the most of the opportunities for expanding your network with this powerful social-for-business tool.

Thursday, 11 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Business Finance Made Simple - The Hub

This hands-on workshop takes the fear our of your business finances and will cover the different financial statemements you need to get control of your business. Planning your business cashflow is one of the most crucial parts of planning your growth and the one that causes the most business failures.

Friday, 12 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Sales For Non Sales People - Poole

Do you dislike the idea of selling or do you feel nervous about the thought of having to sell your product or service? This workshop is all about how you can solve people’s problems with your product or service. It is more about how to communicate effectively so that you are helping people and at the same time making money for your business. It really is going back to the basics and knowing what works. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Instagram For Business - The Hub

So you’ve created a Instagram page for your business. That’s great! It provides a fantastic marketing opportunity for your business but are you getting the most out of it? What is your strategy and are you achieving the maximum impact? This workshop takes an in-depth look at Instagram and how to make it work for you and your business.

Thursday, 18 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Building your Branding - Poole

What does your brand say about your business? This engaging workshop looks at the importance of a businesses’ brand as the core part of a wider marketing strategy. We'll cover tone of voice, brand management, positioning within the marketplace and how to find your niche to ensure you build a winning brand for your business.

Friday, 19 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Alternative Finance For Your Business - Poole

Traditionally, if you were looking for additional business funding your first port of call would be to your bank. But, as traditional bank lending has been in decline, a number of alternative funding companies have entered the market, offering you far more options. This workshop will cover some of alternative finance options available to your business including crowdfunding, invoice trading and angel investment and whether they would be a viable choice for your business. This will be most useful for B2B companies who have been trading for over 2 years.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Factory,
14 Alder Hills,
BH12 4AS

    Book now    

Search Engine Optimisation - The Hub

Gaining strong visibility and authority and positions on search engines can feel a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, with many elements needing to work together effectively - and often over many months - to gain you exposure.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Hub,
63 Darracott Rd,
Southbourne,
BH5 2AY

    Book now    

Meet the team

Made up of finance, marketing and sales experts, the GetSet for Growth team is dedicated to offering their support and expertise to SMEs across East Dorset, thanks to the European Regional Development Fund. Read about their expertise below, or contact us to find out more.

Mike Slaughter, Business Finance Advisor

Mike has been an entrepreneur for 40 years. He was one of the founders of Radio West, the first commercial radio station in Bristol, and also co-founded the Creative Glass Guild which went on to become a hub for Stained and Warm glass throughout the South West. During this time he supported some customers to start or expand their own businesses.

Following a buy out, he started and ran the Organic Food Ferry for 5 years, before returning to the UK and worked as a consultant for another start-up, Advanced Telecare.

Mike brings a very “hands-on” approach to financial advice as from experience he knows that virtually no-one has the complete skill set and that finance is often the least understood area. He is dedicated to helping business to be able to build sustainable models and utilise the help and support that was rarely available when he started his businesses.

Sarah Veakins, Marketing Advisor

After studying in London for a degree in business, Sarah spent ten years working as a Language Coach and Trainer. She moved on to become a Business Language Coach, working in Paris with high profile companies such as Kodak, AXA Risk Assurance and Matra Defence (now part of MBDA).

After returning to the UK, Sarah took a new direction, working as a Marketing Manager for an International Boarding School and Ceramic BBQ Company. Through these roles, she developed skills in: web design; online media strategy; collateral design; event organisation; photography and video editing; PR; SEO and Google Analytics; copywriting and e-book publishing.

Sarah’s dream was to run her own company, and started an Alfresco Cooking business and that has given her a wealth of personal experience in launching a niche, artisan product in the UK – this includes product development and design, manufacturing, packaging, POS design and marketing.

She still very active with her own company and manages her own international marketing strategy. Sarah’s passion is the world of branding, digital and content marketing and bringing these marketing tools to businesses with growth ambitions.

Sarah is keen to share her business knowledge and help businesses across the Solent area.

Kevin Sheldrake

Kevin Sheldrake, Enterprise Advisor

Kevin is a Certified Management Consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in change and consulting. Kevin started his career in financial services, working with large financial brands and their clients, on business growth and transformation strategies.

In 2013 Kevin left the corporate world to start his own independent consultancy practice serving the local area. The business now reaches well beyond the UK South Coast with a multi-disciplined team supporting their clients online, face to face, and via video call.

Kevin is fascinated by how businesses work, and the use of standardisation and ‘system thinking’ to provide the best customer experience, and competitively punch above your weight as a small business.

Specialising in practical marketing and growth strategies, branding and competitive differentiation, and creating sustainable business models for scale-up, Kevin regularly blogs on these and other aspects of the entrepreneurial journey.

A lot of Kevin’s work is based around the power of the collective – creating ways in which entrepreneurs can share and collaborate and benefit from each other’s perspectives and experience.

Steen Stones

Steen Stones, Enterprise Advisor

Steen has 13 years’ experience in the Leisure, Tourism and Events industry, and has started up three separate businesses including a charity enterprise that saw him raise £32,000 through sponsorship and crowdfunding, a coaching & training business and an outdoors mass participation events company.

Steen joined the team in 2017 where he has taken on the lead for the pre-start and new business start-ups Outset program. Steen’s passion in business is the intersection between psychology and marketing where he brings his experience as a NLP Master practitioner to help businesses understand how they can create a compelling marketing strategy to influence their desired customer.

Our Customer Service Team: Daisy Le Helloco, Kelly Shaw, Abigail McQueen

Customer Service Team

 

Contact us

Want to get in touch with the GetSet for Growth team or find out more about our programme?

Contact us using the details below and our team will be in touch.

Phone: 0800 756 0811
Email: eastdorset@getsetforgrowth.com
Address: The Enterprise Hub, 63 Darracott Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AY

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