Published: October 5, 2019 | Updated: October 7, 2019

Go for growth! Top speakers to share tips on scaling up your business at free one-day event

Richard Burn, Digital Projects Manager, Dorset Growth Hub.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

An impressive line-up of speakers – including Jim Cregan, Co-Founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee – will be sharing their tips on growing your business at a free one-day event in Bournemouth.

Dorset Growth Fest 2019 is held on Wednesday October 9 at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. So far more than 100 people have signed up to attend but limited spaces are still available.

Staged by business support agency Dorset Growth Hub, the event is aimed at Dorset businesses looking to scale up and take their ventures to the next level.

It will showcase homegrown and international innovators who’ll share the principles, skills and mindset needed for entrepreneurial and business success.

The line-up of cross sector business leaders include Amy Dicketts, Product Manager of Monzo; Kate Peregrine, Dyson’s Global Head of Social Media and Lara Morgan, Founder of Pacific Direct.

Guests will also hear from Dorset success stories including Jamie Sergeant (This is Crowd), Dr Hannah Beard (Pure Wellness), Jason Gault (TeamJobs) and Ross Thornley (entrepreneur and business founder). Bill Cotton, BCP Council’s Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economy, will also speak at the event together with Jim Cregan.

During the afternoon session, attendees can take part in masterclasses from a variety of business experts who will pass on advice and knowledge in specific areas of business growth.

Topics include leadership, branding, HR, PR, chatbots, user experience, digital specialism, audience building, influencer marketing and business mentoring.

Richard Burn, Dorset Growth Hub’s Digital Projects Manager, said: “Growing a business isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight.

“With this free event we aim to inspire businesses on their way to success, whether that is exploring future trends, raising their profile, expanding their team or reaching new audiences.

“The talks and workshops will give attendees all the tools and advice needed to succeed in their own businesses.”

Dorset Growth Fest 2019 will take place as part of the BOMO Festival which brings together conferences in technology, creativity and entrepreneurship across Bournemouth throughout September and October.

Booking is essential as there are limited spaces for the masterclasses. Invites can be requested at