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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.

Marketing A to Z

Scattered throughout my blog you will find lots of useful articles relating to marketing your business. In THIS blog, I have decided to provide easy access and a logical way to read them! Follow the hyperlinks to success! With a marketing career that spans two...

How to use LinkedIn to build your brand

What is LinkedIn LinkedIn is a powerful online networking tool with about 562 million users. Using it to promote yourself and your business 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...

How to use Instagram for your business.

Instagram is a big deal. It’s huge. There is so much to do, where do you start!! Let’s keep this simple to start with and then build up to the complex. Is Instagram right for your business? First and foremost, you need to have a think about your marketing strategy,...

A Quick Guide to Facebook

What is Facebook? Think of Facebook as a perfect place to spread word of mouth. For businesses that have always relied on this method of winning business, having a business page is a fantastic idea. Most of us understand Facebook from a personal profile point of view....

What is the RACE digital marketing framework?

In this blog we are going to go through the RACE digital marketing framework in more depth and discuss how to use it. I am so glad that people come up with these fancy frameworks to make marketing our businesses easier to do.  Let’s imagine our prospective...

How to launch a new product

As with anything, to launch a product you need a plan. A good framework to go by is one defined by the acronym - SOSTAC, which this blog aims to summarise below.  S. Situational Awareness - where are you now? You can do a SWOT analysis on your new...

What is Content Marketing?

Content Marketing is essentially providing your target audience with information that satisfies their needs.  It should be of value to THEM. It is not a sales pitch, but it is intended to stimulate interest in your products or services indirectly.  It could...

The Pro’s and Con’s of Direct Mail versus Email Marketing

In this blog we look at the pro's and con's of email marketing versus direct mail as part of your ongoing customer communication and marketing strategy and we will take a look at some things to be aware of if you start using one or both of these tactics. What is...

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...