your outsourced marketing team

Feel confident about how you're showing up

Empower, up-skill & optimise your team

Get the most out of your marketing budget

your outsourced marketing team

Feel confident about how you're showing up

Empower, up-skill & optimise your team

Get the most out of your marketing budget

Why should you explore outsourced marketing?

Access to expertise

We live and breathe marketing, day-in and day-out, so we know what works and what doesn’t. That benefit of hindsight thing… it’s priceless.

Cost effective

How much would it cost you to recruit this amount of talent to your business? I can bet it would be significantly more than hiring The Design Grove.

Get back to your day job

If you’re considering outsourcing your marketing, the chances are it’s not your fortay. So you get back to doing what you love and we will take care of what we love!

Flexible and scalable support

You can dip in and out and use as much or as little support as you need. If you have a particular push or campaign we can ramp up as and when needed. 

Tech and tools

Software is not cheap, but we have plentiful subscriptions that you indirectly benefit from.

A fresh pair of eyes

You might have been doing the same thing every year. But guess what, you’ll get the same results. Getting a fresh perspective on your marketing is great for your growth.

Your marketing – done for you

Do you want to carry out your marketing with the benefit of hindsight? Do you want to do this without having to break the bank with expensive agency fees?

Introducing, The Design Grove. Established in 2019, we have provided branding and content marketing support to over 100 brands.

We’re your Outsourced Marketing lifeline

We don’t see ourselves as an agency, The Design Grove is a resource that can come into your business and work with you as part of your team.

With over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of industries we can apply our unique knowledge to your marketing challenges.

Who we are and what we do

The Design Grove is owned by time-served marketeer Gillian Bardsley, bringing in trusted freelancers within the industry to support at peak times.

We can handle your marketing strategy, branding, design, copywriting, web design, social media and search engine optimisation, providing as little or as much support as you like, nothing is too much trouble!

Engineering niche

Gillian has worked in marketing roles in industry for more than two decades, prior to starting her own business. With companies such as Ferranti Technologies, Howorth Air Tech, APCOA Parking and Wolstenholme International to name a few.

With experience in engineering and manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, aerospace, automotive, IT, software, consutruction and defence, Gillian is adept at making the unsexy, sexy and the technical, simple. 

Get your marketing sorted!

So if you want your marketing under control so that you can get on with running your business, you can trust The Design Grove to go above and beyond for you.

Your business-in-a-box

How it works

We usually find that our clients come to us for either a logo, a website or to manage their socials, what often ends up being the case is that they need a whole lot more than that.

What ever your trigger is for wanting to do more marketing, the likelyhood is that it needs to start with a strategy, the foundations of all successful marketing. So that’s where we start.

Brand Strategy


All core messaging written into workable content

SEO audit for up to 4 websites incl. Keyword suggestions

A marketing plan & content plan

Suggestions for evolution of your branding

Logo, and brand guidelines

Social media templates, banners & first month's content

Website Development


Planning meetings

Tech enablement

Copywriting and design of Home page, About Us, Product or Service landing page, 1 x Product or Service page, Blog landing page and article template, Contact Us page, Custom footer, Custom Header, Cookie policy pop up

Offer only available in conjunction with strategy package. Extra pages available for £200 per page.

Social Media Support

One-off Evergreen package


24 social media posts.

Three months of social media content written and designed ready for you to post.

We work in Canva and share the artwork with you after completed.

Use them time and time again at your own pace.

Strategic Socials package

£1,350per quarter

2 posts per week for three months.

Buy yourself breathing room to work on your other marketing tasks.

We take the content plan we did during our strategy session and create your first three months of content.

Once you have signed off the content, we will schedule it to go live over the next quarter.

Hand-in-hand socials package

£300per month

Perhaps you have someone in the office who's a dab hand on Canva and you'd like to let them have a swing at it. That's fine with us too.

We can work hand-in-hand with your employee as their marketing mentor, support them with any queries and help them stay on task.

They'll learn on the job and it's another task off your list. Win Win!

Content marketing support

Writing Content

1 piece of content - £200
2 pieces of content - £400

Content includes blogs, email campaigns and newsletters, only as part of a strategic marketing plan.

Graphic Design

Brochures from £100pp
Stationery from £120

Rebranding existing collateral inline with your new brand. Not including any printing costs.

What you’ll get from better marketing

A first impression that converts to RFQs

With better visibility comes more opportunity to quote for jobs. We’ll look at your quote process too and optimise this.

Better content = better engagement

With refined messaging, you should see your audience start to engage with your content.

Make progress in the search engines

There are no promises in the wonderful world of Google, but many of our clients see massive improvements in their rankings.

More opportunities to do business

You’re out there, you’re making noise and you’re getting noticed, you will start to see opportunities everywhere.

Maximise your marketing budget

You’ll undoubtedly feel like the time, money and effort you’re spending is being put to better use.

A more engaged team

If we work with your team, we upskill and inspire them by showing them the impact of their work. And your wider team gain a sense of pride.

Don’t just take our word for it

Shaun Sidebottom

After months of struggling I decided to ask Gillian for help and I wish I’d asked sooner. She has been amazing, patient and her knowledge is truly remarkable.

Fiona Norbury

I have never met a person more dedicated to making good things happen for her clients. Hugely talented, highly personable and very thoughtful, you won’t regret hiring Gillian for your outsourced marketing.

Kate Thorpe

Love The Design Grove, they did a fabulous job for me of marketing a new offering. The graphics were brilliant, the messaging on point and the whole look and feel was very professional.

Sarah Cardwell

The brand workshop I had with The Design Grove has honestly been one of the best investments for my business. If you’re looking for branding and don’t know where to start, start with Gillian.

Sarah Cooper

Branding and Canva experts! I decided to treat myself to a branding workshop and wow was I glad I did. Gillian is a genius at pulling out all your key messages and helping you find clarity in the fog. 

Tommy Walsh

When it comes to communicating an idea or a vision, there is no one better than Gillian, period.

We are so glad we found you.

Sarah Edge, Rugged Data

Are we the right choice for you?

One thing that aligns us with our perfect client is a need to make a difference. If you want to make a difference to your business, to your life, to the world, I’m pretty sure we’ll get on.