Social Media
OUtsource your marketing

marketing campaign management

Maintaining that steady stream of business is tough, serving existing clients can often take up so much of your time you haven’t room for anything else. If you aren’t in a position to recruit marketing support, outsourcing it to The Design Grove can be a great alternative.

customer communication

Flexible, outsourced marketing with The Design Grove enables you to focus on your existing customers while we get on with finding you new ones. You have the benefits of a qualified, in-house marketing manager without the ties.

We can help you manage;


Direct Mail

Social Media


PR Strategy





Some clients we’ve helped

“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

“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

“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.”

our Recent Work

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marketing resources

Here’s a collection of resources about marketing from our blog. We hope you find them useful.

What is a good marketing plan?

I was recently invited by The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to take part in a panel of guest speakers on The Logros Show, hosted by Lee Dinsdale. Alongside Ian Nicklin of In Business Ninjas, Sue Ollerhead of the Oxford Professional Education Group, we...

What is User Experience?

There is a lot of hype around user experience or UX at the moment. It is a role that has become more prominent within organisations these days because they know that it is the key to providing customers with an experience that makes the difference between them buying...

How to stand out from the crowd

To help your business stand out from the rest of the world, you need to think about your branding. Words synonymous with this word are: MarkingStampingLabellingNamingClassifyingDescribingCategorising Branding is your ‘markings’ – your logo, your digital assets, the...

Advertising your business

It can be off putting thinking about advertising options when you maybe don’t have the budget to invest very much into it, but done right, advertising is the quickest way to get in front of your prospects. There are so many options when it comes to advertising, it...

The benefits of outsourcing?

Many businesses face wide ranging challenges but don’t always have the internal resources to deal with them. Rather than recruit or retrain existing staff, many businesses are turning to outsourcing. Why? There are many benefits to outsourcing and this blog will aim...

The Customer Experience

You and your business put a huge amount of effort, time (and money) into winning new business. It’s like a romance between you and your prospect. But once the sale is made, what then? Thinking about the customer decision-making process, it’s the final stage that I...

How ‘NOT’ to do an expo

Looking back over the many events and exhibitions I have organised over the years I can honestly say that I have made my fair share of mistakes. But for every mistake that I made, there was something to be learned from it so I wanted to share this little guide...

What to look for in an exhibition contractor

Having worked alongside multiple stand contractors over the years, I know a good one when I see one. It's important to shop around, but when you find 'the one' it's like a marriage made in heaven. So what are you looking for? Creativity Whilst you think you have a...

How to use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a powerful online networking tool with about 562 million users. Using it to promote yourself and the company you work for is not only about who you know, but about who your connections know! It’s the new age ‘word of mouth’ which is one of the most...

10 marketing tips for small business owners

If you're a small business owner, you tend to turn your hand at everything and anything, you're a plumber but you're also a finance manager, a marketing manager, a HR manager, and in the beginning what do you really know about all that? You learn as you go, learn the...