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Online: Growth Day – July 2020

July 8, 2020 & July 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Growth Day Grow Your Business

This is where your business goes from good to great. You’re off the ground and starting to fly, but now it’s time to really hone in on your specialisms, your markets, and solve those challenges which have been building up in the background.

They say that life is what happens whilst you’re making other plans, and that’s the same in business. Often, you’ll have spent so long working in the business that you won’t have worked on the business for a while. That’s what our Growth Day is all about. Take time away from the day-to-day, and raise your head above the parapet. Trust us on this one.


When is the course?

This online Growth course is held over two mornings:

Wednesday 8th July, 10am-1pm

Thursday 9th July, 10am-1pm


What will I do?

Over the course of a full day, you’ll tackle the 4 challenges which always strike after a successful start.

Mission, Vision, Value: Defining the purpose of your business is what’s going to make it resonate with your staff and your customers. It’s what keeps your passion alive, and it’s your passion that keeps the business going.

Accountable Goal Setting: Start planning further ahead than what’s for dinner tonight. During this highly practical workshop, you’ll develop SMART objectives for up to 5 years ahead, helping you steer your ship in the right direction at all times. Equipped in this way, you’ll be able to properly prioritise, motivate and lead.

Sell Me This Pen: After a year or two of trading, the elevator pitch from your early days might not cut the mustard any more. To get those bigger clients and customers, and attract investment into your business, you need a powerful pitch that does all the heavy lifting in sales conversations. 

Growing Strategically: There’s more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case, grow your business. Whether it’s location, franchise, diversification, new markets, funding, or a combination of all; having a strategy in place for growth is vital. Whether you’re pursuing monumental growth, or scaling to meet the needs of a growing market, this workshop will help you develop a plan to get you there.


Who’s delivering this Growth Day course?

Former National Sales Manager Debbie Bird has extensive and varied business experience from large corporations such as John Lewis and Novartis to her own shops in Cirencester and Hungerford. For more than 5 years, Debbie’s business AbleGrowth has been providing coaching and training support to SMEs in Gloucestershire to maximise the potential of her client’s business particularly focused on general business skills, simple techniques with numbers and sales activities. She delivers down to earth and sound advice which has a transforming positive impact on her clients. Her clients come from a wide range of sectors including engineering, food production, retail, recreation, construction, business services, clothing and digital.


Where is the Growth Day course held?

This is an online course, held on Zoom. Get ready by Downloading Zoom to your computer. You’ll get an email to register and then a link to join the meeting. This online course involves exciting discussion, interaction, and practical activities with others in your shoes.

We’re keeping our online course numbers low to give you the best possible experience. So, make sure you book your place sooner rather than later! If the course is full, contact us on startandgrow@glos.ac.uk and we’ll add you to the waiting list.


What do people think?

Debbie is an incredible trainer and coach. She is one of those people with the unique ability to make everything that looked so hard, suddenly seem so simple. She’s also a fantastic networker and knows everyone, so can always add extra value by pointing you in the right direction.

Kate Happle

Debbie is an incredibly approachable and insightful coach with a practical line of action. Her warmth and talent are a wonderful combination and she has given us real gems of advice in how to better formulate our marketing message and grow our business. She has also been more than generous with her time in relaying feedback to us about our Accelerator Programme. She quickly gets to the heart of a business without losing sight of the view from outside which is worth its weight in gold. It’s been a great experience working with her.

Gail Ross-Wham



Growth Days are offered by Start and Grow Enterprise, a University of Gloucestershire project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Start and Grow Enterprise supports the growth of Gloucestershire-based entrepreneurs and start-ups (trading up to 3 years) through free training, events, networks and resources.


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July 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am
July 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
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Debbie Bird