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‘Got Your 6’ (GU6 for short) is Dorset Chamber’s initiative to provide support and build resilience amongst business leaders.

GU6 is a peer support network which aims to provide a confidential and approachable environment for business leaders to share the stresses and strains of running a business, give support where mental health may be affected, and to provide relevant signposting where appropriate to a qualified professional provider.

Dorset Chamber is an approachable environment that aims to support the resilience of Dorset’s businesses and the teams that work for them. Particularly at such a pressured time in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health in the workplace has risen up the agenda for most businesses as life returns to normal; what sets GU6 aside is that it focuses on business leaders. Its rare that the boss is asked how they are themselves!

Our AIM is to support business leaders not just in the Chamber network but across Dorset’s business community with a neutral, non-commercially driven, non-judgmental confidential hub where they can talk, share experiences, and discuss anxieties with other empathetic business leaders in order to gain clarity, respite, and control over issues that may be affecting them.

The GU6 initiative comes from a place of integrity and knowledge; we want business leaders to flourish and in turn their businesses to succeed and be strong for the future.

Developed with the boss in mind, who is often carrying the weight of their organisation and their teams’ livelihoods on their shoulders, it has been named after a term used by WW2 fighter pilots where they protected the ‘backs’ of fellow pilots in formation at the vulnerable rear ‘six o’clock’ position. Ultimately Dorset Chamber ‘has the backs’ of those in our business community; member or non-member, who may need some respectful and confidential support.

In November we hosted our first GU6 in-person event at AFC Bournemouth and 65 members of the Dorset business community attended. We had inspirational presentations from Peter Radford from Beyond This, Andy Coleman of Mai Thai and Modern Listings and Gary Neild of Blue Sky Financial Planning, as well as a panel discussion which consisted of several of our GU6 Champions.  From this discussion, personal stories were shared and there were a host of tips on dealing with stress and building resilience.

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GU6 Launch Event

In November 2021 we hosted our first GU6 in-person event at AFC Bournemouth and 65 members of the Dorset business community attended. We had inspirational presentations from Peter Radford from Beyond This, Andy Coleman of Mai Thai and Modern Listings and Gary Neild of Blue Sky Financial Planning, as well as a panel discussion which consisted of several of our GU6 Champions.  From this discussion, personal stories were shared and there were a host of tips on dealing with stress and building resilience.

The feedback we received was fantastic, raising the profile of our initiative and even had slot on BBC South today a couple of weeks later.

Please keep an eye on the Dorset Chamber events page for future GU6 events.

Our GU6 Mental Health Champions are trained and here to support you…

GU6 Champions can be contacted in complete confidence via messaging direct within LinkedIn or via our dedicated GU6 Co‑ordinator.

Susan Turner
Director of Sales & Marketing at Ouch Training
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Emma Starmer
Senior Employment Law & HR Advisor at Lester Aldridge
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Kelly Marsden
Managing Director at The HR Team South Coast
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Simon Boyd
Managing Director at REIDsteel
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Simon Boyd

Chris Kane
Co-Founder at Greendale Construction
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CHRIS KANE

Liz Willingham
Managing Director at LizLean PR
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Mark Norton
Managing Director at Composite Profiles
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Paul Kinkaid
Managing Director at Selfless Leadership
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Ian Girling
Chief Executive at Dorset Chamber
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IAN GIRLING

Tony Brown
Mortgage Broker & Advisor at Y-Not Finance
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Tony Brown

Caron Khan
Owner of Caron Khan Consultancy
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CARON KHAN

Elaine Wilkins
Business Development Manager at Antony Batty & Co
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Elaine Wilkins

Ian Jones
Head of External Engagement at Bournemouth University
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