The DEsign Grove

What’s behind the name, who is The Design Grove?

Who is the design grove

The Design Grove is me, Gilian Bardsley. A time-served marketing manager turned freelance marketer. I bring the skills of a full service, digital marketing agency in one simple, friendly package.

Gillian Bardsley

Gillian Bardsley

Marketing Director

I set up The Design Grove to support businesses that can’t afford a full-time, or even part-time marketing employee.

As a freelance marketing professional, I am able to slot into your business as and when you need me and help you with your ongoing marketing challenges.

Whether it is graphic design focused or copywriting for your content marketing, I take a holistic approach to my work which ensures you get incredible value for money!

My aim is to save you time, add bags of value and give you a clearer focus for your marketing.

My Vision

To be the ‘go to’ resource for marketing and communication.
Respected for knowledge, quality and added value.

mission and values

My Mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of my clients by helping them build a better brand and realise their businesses true potential.

I aim to inspire business owners to realise the power of marketing and communication in driving business goals and supporting business growth.

Using my vast experience and skills I aim to add value to my clients each and every day in whatever way I can. 


Providing marketing support when you most need it. Working around you and being responsive to your needs. Working on a project or retainer basis, whatever your project is, I can provide you with an honest appraisal of timescale and cost.


Treating your brand as if it’s my own. I aim to bring all your messages together into beautifully created masterpieces that I am proud to present as my contribution to the growth of your business.


My aim is to inspire you to want more, to do more and to be better. To energise, refocus and motivate you and your team to be as passionate about marketing your brand as I am.


In marketing you tend to find plenty of skilled marketers but very few with creative skills. This is where I excel, providing the perfect blend of creativity and knowledge that enables my work to be the brains and the beauty!


I aim to be constantly learning and honing my digital marketing skills, which enables me to pass that on to my clients. I love to share my knowledge, from both education and experience, through mentoring and coaching.


To be respected for knowledge, quality and added value

Why choose Me?

Take a look at some of the reasons why I could be a great fit for your business.

Spice up your team

The value that I bring to your organisation is;

  • Skills

  • Professionalism

  • Intuition

  • Creativity

  • Experience 

Not phased by technical jargon

With 16 years experience in technical marketing, I have provided marketing services for a wide range of engineering and manufacturing organisations with highly technical products and services. I enjoy turning the technical into easy-to-understand messages, brochures and websites.

Value added marketing solutions

I am proud of the vast technical marketing experience that I have developed over the years. My aim is to share this expertise with you and add value to your marketing, your brand and your business. If I’m not adding value, I’m not doing my job. 

Organised and methodical

I am committed to ensuring that I don’t become ‘another thing to manage’.  I operate autonomously, methodically and with transparency so that you always know where you stand with me and your project.

Blend of creativity and knowledge

I know first hand how difficult it is to recruit an ‘all rounder’ in marketing. You tend to find plenty of skilled marketers but very few with creative skills themselves. With me, you’ll find the perfect blend of creativity and knowledge that enables my work to be the brains and the beauty.

Help when you need it most

I am able to work around you and be responsive to your needs. I offer services on a retainer basis or on a project basis. Whatever your project is, I will provide you with an honest appraisal of timescale and costs.

A great working relationship

I pride myself on building relationships with my clients, many of whom see me as an extension of their business or one of the team. I fully immerse myself into your organisation and get to know your people because it enriches the work I produce and enables me to accomplish more.

Your customers will love you!

Having a clear message not only improves your ability to win business, but also enables your employees to understand your strategy, the effect of which is a higher level of productivity and consequently, customer satisfaction. Win! Win!