OCT 09

09.00 - 16.00







Dorset Growth Fest is a free one-day event for growing Dorset businesses, showcasing homegrown and international innovators and achievers who'll share the principles, skills and mindset needed for entrepreneurial and business success.

After hearing success stories from a variety of business leaders from across the sectors, industry experts will host masterclasses on a variety of hot topics in the afternoon to supply you with the all-important ‘how-tos’ to enable you to put what you’ve heard into practice. 

Growing a business isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, but with this free event, we aim to inspire you on your way to success, whether that is exploring future trends, raising your profile, expanding your team or reaching new audiences. 

No matter if you are a small business owner, a senior manager in a large corporation, or anywhere in between, as long as you are looking to grow, this free event is one not to be missed.

At the end of the event, you'll leave with a fresh spark of passion, brimming with revolutionary ideas and new connections to help you pursue business growth.  

Dorset Growth fest 2019 completely free to attend although there are limited spaces for the masterclasses so booking is essential. 


Kate Peregrine

Global Head of Social Media, Dyson
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Kate was recently listed in the global list of the top 50 women under 30 in Digital. She is the Global Head of Social Media at Dyson, responsible for all social channels and bringing together paid, owned and earned activity. Prior to working at Dyson, Kate worked at Uber where she led the roll out of their UK expansion campaigns and Uber’s first UK ATL campaign. 

 Kate's talk entitled “Breaking the rules" will cover how a challenger approach to the traditional marketing mix can create a competitive advantage, allowing you to break away from the herd.

Amy Dicketts

Product Manager, Monzo Bank
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Amy is a Product Manager at Monzo Bank, delivering innovative and user-first features to help make money work for everyone. 

Amy has had first-hand experience of supercharging growth at Monzo over the last six months while working on one of their newest ventures, personal loans. 

 In this session, she’ll reflect on the lessons she’s learnt along the way and share the key questions any entrepreneur or business should ask themselves and their teams to help get to the next level of growth. 

Ross Thornley

Serial Entrepreneur & Founder
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“Talent wars 2.0; AI and the human potential.”

As companies look to navigate the new age of technological disruption, the future of work will look very different. Following an 18-month research project, to understand human adaptability, Ross Thornley will share insights and key findings from mapping over 5,000 employees across 50 companies, around the world including HSBC, IBM and UNIDO. Witness the birth of a valuable new measurement, ‘AQ’ adaptability Quotient, your next competitive advantage.

Discover how to identify and leverage the most valuable skills to ensure your workforce adapt in the tsunami of change, shifting from surviving to thriving, throughout the whole employee lifecycle.

Lara Morgan

Founder, Pacific Direct Group Ltd
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Lara started her first business, Pacific Direct Ltd, at age 23,  and she sold her majority share (99%) in 2008 for the sum of £20 million. Since then, Lara has invested in several businesses, such as Gate8 Luggage, Dryrobe and Scentered. Lara is also an ambassador for UKTI for export; all whilst competing as an elite triathlete!
Lara will be talking about how to grow your business, covering the importance of improvements in business strategy, planning and measurement through to the emphasis of team and networking.

Jim Cregan

Co-Founder, Jimmy's Iced Coffee
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Jim Cregan had worked a tonne of random jobs in the UK for too long and needed a fresh start. He bought a one-way ticket to Australia in 2008, and a petrol station stop whilst there resulted in launching the now multi-million-pound Jimmy's Iced Coffee with his sister Suze in 2011. Now, there is over 20 crew, 6 products and counting in 5,000 alongside helping the younger generation become inspired to do awesome things.

Jim will be talking about building a company from scratch and why it is about being memorable and not shouting the loudest when trying to grow a brand.

Bill Cotton

Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economy, BCP Council
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Bill previously worked in a similar role at Bournemouth Council for six years.  In the BCP Council he is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services from Planning, Transportation, Seafront, Property, Culture and Economic Development.

He is a board member of Silicon South and Bournemouth Development Company.

Claire Burnet

Owner, Chococo, The Purbeck Chocolate Co
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Chococo was one of the first, if not the first UK artisan chocolatier, to pioneer making truly fresh chocolates, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, including local fresh cream, blended with fine origin chocolate and no additives or preservatives. Ever since its start in 2002, Chococo has cared about the environment.  Since its beginning 17 years ago, Chococo’s selection boxes have always had cardboard grids inside to hold each chocolate, have never had plastic vac forms & they never will have. Chococo Chocolate Houses can be found in Swanage, Winchester, Exeter and Horsham.

Jamie Sergeant

Founder & CEO, This Is CrowdLtd
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Jamie Sergeant started This is Crowd in a small room at the Enterprise Pavilion at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), where he worked by himself and had only one client at first. Less than 7 years later, he has taken his business to a global market, with 12 offices around the world, 100 employees, and a broad range of clients. Some of Crowd’s clients now include Razor, Adidas, Dubai Airports, Napa Valley Film Festival and China Southern Airlines.   

Jason Gault

Managing Director, TeamJobs & Team Executive Search
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Jason Gault is the Managing Director of TeamJobs and Team Executive Search. As a recruitment specialist Jason is passionate about people and has spent the last 18 years’ building one the leading recruitment businesses on the south coast. The road as an entrepreneur is tough and managing stress life balance is never easy.

Jason will share some of his experiences and lessons learnt over the last few years including his love of road cycling, and his journey with the local Road Race Ream Primera – TeamJobs.

Nick Gregory

Programme & Partnership Manager, Dorset Growth Hub 
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Nick Gregory heads up the Dorset Growth Hub which is a £13,000,000 business support programme for Dorset. The current version of the programme is due to end in December this year, so Nick will be talking about our plans for extending the programme and what the future looks like for Dorset Growth Hub as well as Dorset's business community.


Jo Cruickshanks

Brand Purpose Consultant, The Breathery

How brand values are the key to a sustainable, loveable brand

Jo has 25 years brand and storytelling experience, specifically in the retail and eCommerce sector. Past clients have ranged from Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green to Wedgwood, Kelly Hoppen and Jo Malone. Today Jo works with brands who are looking to breathe new life into their brand strategy by aligning what they do to their purpose.  

Mike Finn

Director of Marketing Strategy, Intergage

From Lead to Repeat - How to use Marketing Automation to Enhance your Customer Journey

Mike specialises in B2B marketing strategy, helping businesses negotiate their marketing journey from Vision, mission and values through to implementation and review. Mike helps businesses understand how technology can be woven into that journey to improve lead generation, increase the number of leads that turn into sales and retain and engage clients once on-board. 

Abby Gordon-Farleigh

Head of Marketing, Crowdfunder

Crowdfunding for business: Steps to success
Tips, insights and expert advice on using crowdfunding to start or scale your business. Learn what you need to get set up to raise money and grow your customer base.

Mark Masters

 MD, ID Group & Founder of You Are The Media

Stop wasting money on Google, Facebook and the 'Gram and learn how to build an audience that is truly yours!

There is a huge shift happening for who we trust, do business with and receive information from. Learn, in 7 steps how to build your loyal audience to help grow your business and people to stick with you, on your terms. It is time for you to stand up and take control! 

Charlotte Bowater

Joint Programme Manager, Dorset Business Mentors

How a volunteer Business Mentor can be transformative to growth

Charlotte will explain how a professional and experienced business Mentor on a 1:1 basis can be transformative to growth. This service and the quality of its Mentors are nationally recognised and accessible to all businesses f. You will also meet one of our mentors and a current mentee. 

Amanda Robertson

Director, Dorset HR Support

What are the common HR challenges for a growing business?

As businesses grow in size so does the number of HR challenges that they face.  Amanda will explore these challenges and what businesses can do to overcome them as well as looking at the HR trends for the future.  

Rhiannon Duffin

 Founder, New Life Social

How Influencer Marketing Can Grow Your Business

 During this masterclass Rhiannon will cover everything from; tools to evaluate and compare Influencers on every channel, how to calculate CPM’s, to strategising Influencers into marketing campaigns.   

Rich Burn

Digital Manager, Dorset Growth Hub

Digital DNA – Helping you map your Digital Journey

Rich brings you our brand new Digital DNA Framework to help you understand your current digital status and build a planned approach to fuel your growth; enhance your brand, help you reach a new audience, reduce costs and improve profitability over a longer-term basis.

Susannah Brade-Waring

Founder & MD, Aspirin Business

Get fit for growth and increase your net profits

Knowing where to focus your efforts is half the battle for leaders. We’ll explore the best options for increased revenues, profits and reduced costs, with a workbook to take away.

Lee Hill 

 Founder & MD, Insightful UX

How to win visitors and convert people onsite

This session will see us undertake several simple exercises that participants can take back to the office, that will show them why their prospects may not be converting on their website.  

Sunny Bird 

Founder, Sunny Bird PR

Reaching Millions PR & Publicity Masterclass

Sunny will share with you how PR can be the driver of growth; by raising the profile of your business, building credibility, driving sales and securing new customers.

Chris Conroy

Cyber Crime Protect & Prevention Officer, Dorset Police

Protect your business; simple and cost effective cyber security tips

The masterclass will focus on the steps small businesses can take to protect themselves against common cyber threats, and how having good cyber security practices can improve your standing in the supply chain. It will also seek to signpost people to a variety of cyber security resources, available for free, from Dorset Police and the National Cyber Security Centre and more.

Bev Hepting

The Message Maestro

Why speaking about your business is so important and networking gives you a head start. 

Before lunch, Bev, an award-winning, international and Tedx speaker will help you to  understand how to tell people what you do and start a conversation that will ensure people remember you.


09:00 - Registration, coffee & networking

09:20 - Welcome, Nick Gregory - Dorset Growth Hub

09:40 - Bill Cotton - BCP Council

09:55 - Ross Thornley

10:15 - Lara Morgan

10:35 - Kate Peregrine

11:00 to 11:30 - Coffee break

09.00 - 11.00 


11.30 - Jamie Sergeant

11.40 - Jason Gault

11.50 - Claire Burnet

12.00 - Jim Cregan

12.15 - Bev Hepting

12.30 - Lunch & Networking

11.30 - 13.15 


13.15 - Amy Dicketts - Monzo

13.45 - Masterclass Session 1

14.35 - Masterclass Session 2

15.30 - Questions & What's Next?

15.45 - Close

13.15 - 15.45 

AFC Bournemouth 
Vitality Stadium 
Dean Court 
Kings Park 
AFC Bournemouth
Vitality Stadium
Deans Court
Kings Park