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Dorset Gateway Testimonials

“Suzannah and the Dorset gateway team were wonderful, the knowledge and insight was truly focused to our needs. They weren’t only supremely organised they were well researched in what we wanted too – so effected introductions and a plan for those that may be able to help within a day or two – very impressive. This is a hugely valuable service that we need to grow and keep”.

Russ Taplin – Consultant at Max Eco

“The Dorset Gateway service has given me contacts and leads I wouldn’t have otherwise found”

Chris Galley – Entrepreneur at Tubmarine

“Meeting with The Dorset Gateway has dramatically raised our awareness of the local people and organisations that can help our business grow.

What’s more – the avenues we have been directed towards are specific to our business as a bespoke manufacturer, and tailored for our needs. Surrounding yourself with people who want you to succeed is good business practice; and that’s exactly who the Dorset Gateway are.”

Morgan Leadbitter – Director at Nunet Solutions

“Dorset Gateway and in particular Suzannah Kennedy have been an amazing support to me and my business. Not only did Suzannah provide me with some 121 time where she got to know what I do, what my current issues, she was able to provide me with lots of advice and support. As well as this she thought of when she was talking to one of her contacts and now I have a new client from it. It is really refreshing to have a group out there who are really supporting you and actually putting business your way. Thank you so much”

Sarah Hickling – Owner at Your Time Coaching

“Wow!! Thanks for all the contacts/information really appreciate your time in providing us with so much information. I will definitely be reaching out to a few, if not all of the recommendations you have provided. I think we will also be look at becoming members of the chamber to help with networking and raising our profile as a Dorset business.”

Owen Brolan and Amy Miles at Regal Holiday Homes

“The Dorset Gateway was very helpful indeed, they knew exactly what support was available and how to access it.”

Declan O’Toole – Business Owner and Entrepreneur at Bring Back Lunch

“Suzannah and Tom at the Dorset Gateway have been fantastic in helping guide me to really useful training, services and contacts to help me grow my business. They really listen to you and their passion to make Dorsets Businesses more successful is infectious.”

Jon Jones – Owner at Leaf Consulting

“I would recommend the Dorset Gateway to anyone starting a new business or wanting to promote their existing one. The advice and support I have received from them has been remarkable, it exceeded my expectations. Their friendly, impartial and professional approach is also to be noted”

Roberto Curiel – Director and Founder – Curiel Kitchen Designs

“The Gateway Service provides a great way to establish new links with local businesses that would be hard to discover by other means.”

 Paul Garlick – Tourbillion Technologies

“Incredibly friendly and helpful, I’d have not been able to get to the position that my business is in now without their direction. Much appreciated”

Dan Best – The Calibre Gym Ltd

“Our meeting was excellent, thank you very much for your help. The information and links you have provide me, were really interesting and helpful. It is a beautiful job you do, congratulations. Thank you again”

Juliana Martins Pedrassoni – Pastel Club UK

“A fantastic and eye opening service.”

Jethro Tennant – Dorset Sea Salt

“The R&D Tax Credits being claimed for the last 2 financial years seems to be going through at present, so that is very much a positive.   Working with Rob Sowden from Business Cash Back Enabler was both an easy and enjoyable experience. Thank you Suzannah.”

Mel Claremont – Lillidale

“Just to give you an update on the value that we got from our meeting:

We have held discussions and have been invited to meetings with the DEMC.

I met personally with Joan at the Young Chamber and I have signed up to be a speaker/advocate for careers talks in local schools via a speaker profile. We have also discussed the way that we can promote the use of apprentices in our company.

SAFI have now created a dedicated training room (likely to open in March/April) and this will be used to begin looking at employing our first apprentice trainee in September – this is in our budget for 2020 and is an important step forward in our development and our future.

I appreciate all the work you and your team at Dorset Chamber have done – it’s a real benefit to us to look at how we can support the local community whilst also being supported by a central point.”

Matt King – Safi Valves

“Suzannah could not have been nicer and made me feel very welcome. She took time to understand my project and encouraged some connections that might be helpful to me. She has stayed in touch and I know I can take things back to her as my work evolves. I look forward to opportunities that might enable me to learn from local business in the quest for better healthcare delivery.”

Sally Sheppard – NHS Clinical Entrepreneur at Poole Hospital Foundation Trust – Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health

“The Dorset Gateway team are amazing, I loved all the tips given within our meeting. The service can not only help signpost to certain finding streams but also recommend best practises, share tips on business and support you and your business all the way through – so you can grow steadily. It is a great help for any business owner.”

Anna Klesse – Owner at Numedia House Photography

“The Dorset Gateway is a great service run by people who are passionate about what they are doing and genuinely able to help”

Barry Kick – Evolve

“If you’re thinking of using Dorset Gateway’s free service, I’d highly recommend it. Suzannah and the team are really friendly, knowledgeable and will steer you in the right direction of resources and contacts that would be useful to move your business forward at the right time for you. Don’t delay, book an appointment today, after all it’s free!”

Louise Jones – Owner and founder – Food for Thought Cookery School

“Thank you for taking the time to truly get to grips with our unique business structure and future growth needs.

Your support, guidance & clarity are instrumental in helping us navigate various Government funding opportunity mazes.

Companies, whatever size, would highly benefit from your clear & concise local knowledge and expertise.”

Guy Dix – Engineering Manager – Ishida Europe, Poole

“I think the Dorset Gateway Service is great. The DCCI are perfectly placed to offer the service and I have valued having it to draw on. Aside from feeling more ‘connected’ to the DCCI, it’s been incredibly useful for sign-posting the help and support available to businesses across the county.”

Jacqui Purdy – Executive Coach – Here to There

“Thank you for mentioning hashtag #livewelldorset and for helping businesses connect across the region. I’m enjoying the networking opportunities that DCCI are providing. Thank you for your advice and ideas.”

Julia Calleja – Business Development Lead – LiveWell Dorset

“I have found it very helpful having the Dorset Gateway business support available as a service. It is not always easy to explain the niche consultancy service I provide for local businesses and it makes a massive difference having someone who listens with interest.  This is an invaluable service that assists me to help local businesses benefit fully from the government’s very generous innovation tax incentives.”

Rob Sowdon – Consultant – Business Tax Enabler

“Thank you for taking the time to meet with me. It was so helpful and has motivated me to get all of my thoughts down on paper, to give me some clarity as to what I want to achieve and work on. Thank you also for the follow up email.

I am so very grateful for the help and support you have given me. It really has been invaluable”

Michelle Klepacz – Sculpted Bakes

“I went into the meeting with Suzannah with an open mind. I came away with a mind buzzing with possibility. Suzannah had such a broad depth of knowledge, coupled with some new and exciting ideas for moving forward with my new business ideas. I feel very excited by what is possible.”

Octavia Hampton –

“It was lovely to meet you and very helpful to talk things through. Thank you very much for all your research and for signposting me to these resources and organisations. It is really encouraging that there is so much support and plenty of opportunities to explore!”

Lucy Vierbergen

“I found the service really helpful. Susannah was very knowledgeable and approachable which made me feel at ease.

I have contacted Wimborne Women in Business and Natwest re the pre-accelerator course already. All of the information Suzannah gave me was really helpful.”

Natasha Evans – Soothebox 

Having met Suzannah Kennedy at a networking event, she suggested we met. I hadn’t realised that I could have help and advice in my new venture. Suzannah has given me some great advice and new ideas. I am so grateful for this service and advice.”

Samantha Tarr

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