The Design Grove

What we do

The Design Grove is your ‘plug in’ marketing department, specialising in providing marketing support for manufacturing and engineering businesses that need a flexible and reliable freelance marketing resource. We’ve got your marketing covered.

Why we are different

First of all we are not an agency. We provide the vital link between you and your digital marketing service providers, adding value with our own skills in marketing strategy, branding, graphic design and copywriting.

The Design Grove is a flexible and affordable option for businesses without a marketing department, working as an extension of your business and helping you achieve your goals.

With 20 years experience in B2B marketing, we know what works well for a range of business sectors, predominantly focused on manufacturing and engineering.

With an innate understanding of these types of businesses, The Design Grove can often ‘hit the ground running’ on projects with very little explanation and direction, which gives you one less thing to worry about.

Outsource your marketing

Our Latest Work

Take a look at some of the work we’ve done for our clients.

to grow your business

It all starts with a brand workshop

The Design Grove offers a fantastic brand workshop which helps you set the foundations of a really strong brand. We take a good, hard look at your business and identify exactly what value you bring to your customers. What you’re left with is a much clearer focus for your business.

E-Book – A-Z of Marketing

Reap the benefits of 20 years in marketing by downloading The Design Grove Marketing A-Z. With 139 pages, written in a no-nonsense way, the book aims to provide you with an overview of marketing for you business. Take a look and download the e-book right here for just £10.

Our Services

The Design Grove is based in Rochdale, Lancashire. Collaborating via remote-working software and video conferencing enables us to deliver marketing support services all over the UK.

Outsourced Marketing

If you’re looking to grow but haven’t got the in-house support, we can help. With flexible arrangements and competitive day rates or pay per project.


Whether it’s writing blogs for your website or content for your social media, we can help you articulate your messages clearly and succinctly. 


Graphic Design

We can make your business look amazing, from logo’s to website design, brochures to exhibition graphics, let’s make your business stand out from the crowd.

Brand Workshop

Our brand workshop is designed to give you clarity over your marketing strategy by really drilling down into your target audience, your USPs and your competitors.

Employee Communication

Let’s turn your employees into brand ambassadors, by communicating your mission, vision and values. Together we make sure they’re doing all they can to support your business.

Mentoring & Training

Up-skill your in-house marketing and communications team to enable them to add more value and make a bigger impact on your day-to-day marketing activities.

From Our lovely Clients

“Gillian has delivered a complete overhaul of our branding and marketing strategy and I would highly recommend her to any company looking to increase their marketing efforts.”

David Farncombe

Sales Director, Precision Investment Castings

“Gillian is a naturally gifted communicator, she has a real passion and flair for her work, combined with the high emotional IQ essential for delivering a complex communication strategy.”

Mark Stanley

CDA, Ferranti Technologies

“Gillian really helped us unlock the true potential of our brand. She understood our needs and the demands of the market. Through workshops and bringing ideas to fruition, she’s both knowledgable and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”

Dave Ross

Owner, Brickhouse Productions

“There is no one better suited to help businesses get their marketing, web and social in order. Gillian facilitated and coordinated a branding workshop for us which gave us the direction we needed to move forward.”

Philippa King-Smith

Managing Director, SpiritSmith

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Book a 1-2-1 via the panel below and let’s discuss your marketing requirements.