What our clients think

Discover how Start and Grow Enterprise has helped businesses just like yours to get off the ground, achieve their goals, and become more successful...

“It has been truly amazing to receive this support, which has re-energised the business in so many ways”

Pandora Taylor, Founder, Happy by Design

“The support I received proved to be a fantastic opportunity to reflect on my strategy and business plan, with expert speakers on Business Strategy, HR, Finance, Law, Sales and Marketing to support me.

The class sizes were small with a real focus on each individual business and we received support from experts on a number of issues. It was also really beneficial to meet fellow entrepreneurs looking to move their business on to the next step.

Taking time out to reflect on your business is invaluable, and this was a fantastic opportunity – to see your business, not just for what it is now, but for what it could become with minor adjustments. It is easy to become distracted by the day to day tasks, but this course, along with the grant, allowed Happy by Design to pursue much bigger dreams.”

Pandora, Founder, Happy By Design


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"The courses gave us invaluable business knowledge and it's the best way to learn"

Kieran Scott & Luke Lutman, Founders, Phoenix Consultants Gloucestershire Ltd

“We joined Start and Grow Enterprise in the final year of our Product Design degree at the University of Gloucestershire. We were skilled in design however without a background in business, we needed support to transition to a viable registered business.

After completing both Start and Grow courses, we learned how to register our business, what type of business to register it as, our unique selling point, and we completed a business model canvas to further understand our value proposition. The courses allowed us to be in a room with other start-up businesses to learn from each other’s experiences, as well as from a business professional who has faced and overcame many of the problems new businesses face.

We were lucky enough to be awarded a £1,000 Enterprise Voucher which we used to purchase business insurance and a Prusa i3 Mk2s 3D printer that we use for product prototyping and model making.

We highly recommend Start and Grow Enterprise, they have an amazing community that we are proud to be a part of.”

Luke & Kieran, Founders, Phoenix Consultants Gloucestershire Ltd


"Being able to identify, explore and solve everyday problems with other SMEs has been stimulating and invigorating"

Richard Hine, Founder, British Polo Gin

“I have found the Start and Grow Enterprise experience immensely helpful. Running a SME can at times be a lonely place; as such being able to identify, explore and solve everyday problems with other SMEs has also been really stimulating and invigorating.

It has also been really helpful to be able to access totally objective advice from market leaders and industry experts; who have all addressed every question/query, however small or seemingly mundane, with total vigour.

The Start and Grow Enterprise programme, and more widely, The Growth Hub really does have a plethora of information and support to offer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team for all of their support to date and to urge anyone looking for business support to reach out to and to enrol in the Start and Grow Enterprise programme – you will certainly leave the programme feeling enriched and rejuvenated!”

Richard Hine, Founder, British Polo Gin


"A solid foundation for the business!"

Jenni Retourné, Founder, Willowberry

“I came across The Growth Hub and Start and Grow Enterprise by chance, not long after I had launched my natural skincare brand Willowberry, which is loaded with nutrients to care for the skin’s well being.

Start and Grow Enterprise has proven completely invaluable for my business, by helping me to create a solid foundation for the business, guide me through financial planning and funding and focus my sales and marketing efforts”

Jenni Retourné, Founder, Willowberry


To take part in the Start and Grow Enterprise project, you will need to complete a short joining form.