A friendly group of talented professionals dedicated to serving the Dorset business community.

Many businesses are using these testing times as an opportunity to look at new businesses models and new ways of working. That’s why we have created the Business Buddy Programme.

Business Buddies are volunteers from the business community who are happy to give their time freely to other Dorset Chamber members to be that friend in business and act as a sounding board.

This isn’t a business advice or mentoring service. It’s designed to provide business help and support in a very informal way. There is no charge and the service is exclusive to Dorset Chamber members.

How you and your Business Buddy work together is up to you; it could be a weekly video call for half an hour or it could be a monthly catch-up.

Identify who you’d like as a Business Buddy, contact Steve Bulley or David Banks and we’ll connect you.

Business Buddies have signed an agreement which includes a confidentiality clause regarding any businesses they engage with as well as a requirement that this is not an opportunity to sell services.

Please note Dorset Chamber is not making any representation or warranty about the suitability, skills or compatibility of any introduction facilitated or otherwise arising from the [‘Buddy’] scheme and it is incumbent on all parties who participate to regulate the terms and scope of any co-operation or engagement that is concluded by them.  The Dorset Chamber accepts no responsibility or liability in connection with any such agreement and by accepting an introduction or using the [‘Buddy’] scheme the relevant parties agree to hold the Dorset Chamber harmless in respect thereof

Business Buddies

Elaine Wilkins

Business Development Manager for Antony Batty & Co

LinkedIn

My passion is for helping & advising businesses. In particular looking at ways to attract new business opportunities. Experience includes 28 years at Barclays, managing a small business portfolio and working in corporate banking.10 years in accountancy.

Julia Calleja

Business Development Lead - Livewell Dorset

LinkedIn

I am experienced in Business Development, HR and Training and have managed departments responsible for organisational development, talent management and development of HR strategy and implementation across multiple locations.  I currently work with clients on return to work strategies.

Juliet Beardsley

Business Exit Strategist - Blue Sky Financial Planning Ltd

LinkedIn

I am a highly efficient, competent leader, with proven ability to get any task organised and done. I have excellent time management with insightful prioritising skill.  This enables me to quickly and clearly see what is/not required. I am able to focus on the end-game and drive marketing and business development processes towards a clear goal.

Jenny Lamski

Director - JRL Coaching & Consulting

LinkedIn

As a  caring Business Growth/Personal Performance Coach I empower  my clients to  develop skills and knowledge that changes behaviours, resulting in new focus, fulfilment and productivity. As a buddy , I will be offering kindness and compassion,  an ear to release, alongside  my professional expertise.

Jamie Forster

Owner - Motley.co.uk

LinkedIn

An experienced business owner and over 25 years within the ‘digital’ space my common sense approach to life and business has allowed me to span a variety of roles. Skills include customer service, sales and accounts management together with extensive technical knowledge.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

Heidi Roper

Senior Consultant - View HR

LinkedIn

I have 18 years progressive experience in Human Resources in a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail and property. I specialise in functional HR support and strategic project work. I have operated in senior leadership positions for the last 10 years.

Paul Clarke

Co-Founder - Ookkee

LinkedIn

My name is Paul Clarke and I have been running my own businesses for the last 20 years.  My background is in management accounting, systems and process development.  I really enjoy helping businesses to grow and develop.

ian.cambrook

James Akin-Smith

Owner - Business Coaching Dorset

LinkedIn

With 30 years of business ownership taught me that we can all benefit from impartial support and advice from a (occasionally tough) friend to keep us focused, on track and hold us to account.

Stuart Buchan

Chartered Financial Adviser - Baggette & Company

LinkedIn

Experienced Wealth Adviser and Business Development Manager with a background in Banking, Financial Planning and Client Experience.  Knowledge & experienced in business ownership ( own beauty business sold 2019). Strong communication at all levels engaging on a professional and collaborative basis.

Helen Stacey

Owner - Aspire Jobs

LinkedIn

Seasoned businesswoman and recruitment expert with over 30 years recruitment industry experience including national, and local start up business.  Have scaled a business from £0 to £15M turnover in a 9 year period.  Excellent at customer service, sales and operations management

Caron Khan

Owner - Caron Khan

LinkedIn

I am a multi-service consultant specialising in communication and brand development. Having qualified in Marketing and PR, I spent 10 years working in advertising and specifically broadcasting before launching my own consultancy in 2008. Now focused on business strategy and with clients spanning a variety of sectors.

Shelley Alger

Director -The Work Shop Resourcing

LinkedIn

I have over 30 years experience within the recruitment industry, working with both temporary contracts from 5 to 500 staff and permanent recruitment services.  I set up my current business from scratch  18 years ago growing from just myself initially to a team of 14 and now 3 branches covering the South Coast.

Mandy Fitzmaurice

Managing Director - Purple HR

LinkedIn

Managing Director of Purple HR, a successful outsourcing and consultancy business established.  Former Group HR Director for FTSE 250 business, an employment law expert with extensive operational and general management expertise.

Tony Brown

Owner - Y-Not Finance

LinkedIn

I have worked in the Financial Services sector in various roles including administration, training, sales and management both here in England and South Africa. I enjoy running a small team at Y-Not Finance mortgage brokers. Have a good level of training, communication and sales skills. Supported with high standards of service and enjoy helping others.

Jon Jones

Owner - Leaf Consulting

LinkedIn

I am a qualified mechanical engineer, experienced problem solver and strategic thinker. I like to challenge the status quo and look for better ways to do things. My style is hands and I enjoy engaging, communicating and coaching to help others achieve greater things.

Elaine Wilkins

Business Development Manager for Antony Batty & Co

LinkedIn

My passion is for helping & advising businesses. In particular looking at ways to attract new business opportunities. Experience includes 28 years at Barclays, managing a small business portfolio and working in corporate banking.10 years in accountancy.

Julia Calleja

Business Development Lead - Livewell Dorset

LinkedIn

I am experienced in Business Development, HR and Training and have managed departments responsible for organisational development, talent management and development of HR strategy and implementation across multiple locations.  I currently work with clients on return to work strategies.

Juliet Beardsley

Business Exit Strategist - Blue Sky Financial Planning Ltd

LinkedIn

I am a highly efficient, competent leader, with proven ability to get any task organised and done. I have excellent time management with insightful prioritising skill.  This enables me to quickly and clearly see what is/not required. I am able to focus on the end-game and drive marketing and business development processes towards a clear goal.

Jamie Forster

Owner - Motley.co.uk

LinkedIn

An experienced business owner and over 25 years within the ‘digital’ space my common sense approach to life and business has allowed me to span a variety of roles. Skills include customer service, sales and accounts management together with extensive technical knowledge.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

ian.cambrook

James Akin-Smith

Owner - Business Coaching Dorset

LinkedIn

With 30 years of business ownership taught me that we can all benefit from impartial support and advice from a (occasionally tough) friend to keep us focused, on track and hold us to account.

Helen Stacey

Owner - Aspire Jobs

LinkedIn

Seasoned businesswoman and recruitment expert with over 30 years recruitment industry experience including national, and local start up business.  Have scaled a business from £0 to £15M turnover in a 9 year period.  Excellent at customer service, sales and operations management

Caron Khan

Owner - Caron Khan

LinkedIn

I am a multi-service consultant specialising in communication and brand development. Having qualified in Marketing and PR, I spent 10 years working in advertising and specifically broadcasting before launching my own consultancy in 2008. Now focused on business strategy and with clients spanning a variety of sectors.

Tony Brown

Owner - Y-Not Finance

LinkedIn

I have worked in the Financial Services sector in various roles including administration, training, sales and management both here in England and South Africa. I enjoy running a small team at Y-Not Finance mortgage brokers. Have a good level of training, communication and sales skills. Supported with high standards of service and enjoy helping others.

Julia Calleja

Business Development Lead - Livewell Dorset

LinkedIn

I am experienced in Business Development, HR and Training and have managed departments responsible for organisational development, talent management and development of HR strategy and implementation across multiple locations.  I currently work with clients on return to work strategies.

Juliet Beardsley

Business Exit Strategist - Blue Sky Financial Planning Ltd

LinkedIn

I am a highly efficient, competent leader, with proven ability to get any task organised and done. I have excellent time management with insightful prioritising skill.  This enables me to quickly and clearly see what is/not required. I am able to focus on the end-game and drive marketing and business development processes towards a clear goal.

Jenny Lamski

Director - JRL Coaching & Consulting

LinkedIn

As a  caring Business Growth/Personal Performance Coach I empower  my clients to  develop skills and knowledge that changes behaviours, resulting in new focus, fulfilment and productivity. As a buddy , I will be offering kindness and compassion,  an ear to release, alongside  my professional expertise.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

ian.cambrook

James Akin-Smith

Owner - Business Coaching Dorset

LinkedIn

With 30 years of business ownership taught me that we can all benefit from impartial support and advice from a (occasionally tough) friend to keep us focused, on track and hold us to account.

Helen Stacey

Owner - Aspire Jobs

LinkedIn

Seasoned businesswoman and recruitment expert with over 30 years recruitment industry experience including national, and local start up business.  Have scaled a business from £0 to £15M turnover in a 9 year period.  Excellent at customer service, sales and operations management

Shelley Alger

Director -The Work Shop Resourcing

LinkedIn

I have over 30 years experience within the recruitment industry, working with both temporary contracts from 5 to 500 staff and permanent recruitment services.  I set up my current business from scratch  18 years ago growing from just myself initially to a team of 14 and now 3 branches covering the South Coast.

Mandy Fitzmaurice

Managing Director - Purple HR

LinkedIn

Managing Director of Purple HR, a successful outsourcing and consultancy business established.  Former Group HR Director for FTSE 250 business, an employment law expert with extensive operational and general management expertise.

Jon Jones

Owner - Leaf Consulting

LinkedIn

I am a qualified mechanical engineer, experienced problem solver and strategic thinker. I like to challenge the status quo and look for better ways to do things. My style is hands and I enjoy engaging, communicating and coaching to help others achieve greater things.

Elaine Wilkins

Business Development Manager for Antony Batty & Co

LinkedIn

My passion is for helping & advising businesses. In particular looking at ways to attract new business opportunities. Experience includes 28 years at Barclays, managing a small business portfolio and working in corporate banking.10 years in accountancy.

Julia Calleja

Business Development Lead - Livewell Dorset

LinkedIn

I am experienced in Business Development, HR and Training and have managed departments responsible for organisational development, talent management and development of HR strategy and implementation across multiple locations.  I currently work with clients on return to work strategies.

Juliet Beardsley

Business Exit Strategist - Blue Sky Financial Planning Ltd

LinkedIn

I am a highly efficient, competent leader, with proven ability to get any task organised and done. I have excellent time management with insightful prioritising skill.  This enables me to quickly and clearly see what is/not required. I am able to focus on the end-game and drive marketing and business development processes towards a clear goal.

Jamie Forster

Owner - Motley.co.uk

LinkedIn

An experienced business owner and over 25 years within the ‘digital’ space my common sense approach to life and business has allowed me to span a variety of roles. Skills include customer service, sales and accounts management together with extensive technical knowledge.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

Paul Clarke

Co-Founder - Ookkee

LinkedIn

My name is Paul Clarke and I have been running my own businesses for the last 20 years.  My background is in management accounting, systems and process development.  I really enjoy helping businesses to grow and develop.

Stuart Buchan

Chartered Financial Adviser - Baggette & Company

LinkedIn

Experienced Wealth Adviser and Business Development Manager with a background in Banking, Financial Planning and Client Experience.  Knowledge & experienced in business ownership ( own beauty business sold 2019). Strong communication at all levels engaging on a professional and collaborative basis.

Helen Stacey

Owner - Aspire Jobs

LinkedIn

Seasoned businesswoman and recruitment expert with over 30 years recruitment industry experience including national, and local start up business.  Have scaled a business from £0 to £15M turnover in a 9 year period.  Excellent at customer service, sales and operations management

Shelley Alger

Director -The Work Shop Resourcing

LinkedIn

I have over 30 years experience within the recruitment industry, working with both temporary contracts from 5 to 500 staff and permanent recruitment services.  I set up my current business from scratch  18 years ago growing from just myself initially to a team of 14 and now 3 branches covering the South Coast.

Mandy Fitzmaurice

Managing Director - Purple HR

LinkedIn

Managing Director of Purple HR, a successful outsourcing and consultancy business established.  Former Group HR Director for FTSE 250 business, an employment law expert with extensive operational and general management expertise.

Tony Brown

Owner - Y-Not Finance

LinkedIn

I have worked in the Financial Services sector in various roles including administration, training, sales and management both here in England and South Africa. I enjoy running a small team at Y-Not Finance mortgage brokers. Have a good level of training, communication and sales skills. Supported with high standards of service and enjoy helping others.

Elaine Wilkins

Business Development Manager for Antony Batty & Co

LinkedIn

My passion is for helping & advising businesses. In particular looking at ways to attract new business opportunities. Experience includes 28 years at Barclays, managing a small business portfolio and working in corporate banking.10 years in accountancy.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

Paul Clarke

Co-Founder - Ookkee

LinkedIn

My name is Paul Clarke and I have been running my own businesses for the last 20 years.  My background is in management accounting, systems and process development.  I really enjoy helping businesses to grow and develop.

ian.cambrook

James Akin-Smith

Owner - Business Coaching Dorset

LinkedIn

With 30 years of business ownership taught me that we can all benefit from impartial support and advice from a (occasionally tough) friend to keep us focused, on track and hold us to account.

Stuart Buchan

Chartered Financial Adviser - Baggette & Company

LinkedIn

Experienced Wealth Adviser and Business Development Manager with a background in Banking, Financial Planning and Client Experience.  Knowledge & experienced in business ownership ( own beauty business sold 2019). Strong communication at all levels engaging on a professional and collaborative basis.

Tony Brown

Owner - Y-Not Finance

LinkedIn

I have worked in the Financial Services sector in various roles including administration, training, sales and management both here in England and South Africa. I enjoy running a small team at Y-Not Finance mortgage brokers. Have a good level of training, communication and sales skills. Supported with high standards of service and enjoy helping others.

Elaine Wilkins

Business Development Manager for Antony Batty & Co

LinkedIn

My passion is for helping & advising businesses. In particular looking at ways to attract new business opportunities. Experience includes 28 years at Barclays, managing a small business portfolio and working in corporate banking.10 years in accountancy.

Julia Calleja

Business Development Lead - Livewell Dorset

LinkedIn

I am experienced in Business Development, HR and Training and have managed departments responsible for organisational development, talent management and development of HR strategy and implementation across multiple locations.  I currently work with clients on return to work strategies.

Jenny Lamski

Director - JRL Coaching & Consulting

LinkedIn

As a  caring Business Growth/Personal Performance Coach I empower  my clients to  develop skills and knowledge that changes behaviours, resulting in new focus, fulfilment and productivity. As a buddy , I will be offering kindness and compassion,  an ear to release, alongside  my professional expertise.

Simon Rigby

Owner - SME Assistance

LinkedIn

I have practical experience of running an SME business for over 30 years since selling his business he has been helping other business owners with down to earth, practical advice and strategies gleaned over the years. I love a challenge!

Paul Clarke

Co-Founder - Ookkee

LinkedIn

My name is Paul Clarke and I have been running my own businesses for the last 20 years.  My background is in management accounting, systems and process development.  I really enjoy helping businesses to grow and develop.

ian.cambrook

James Akin-Smith

Owner - Business Coaching Dorset

LinkedIn

With 30 years of business ownership taught me that we can all benefit from impartial support and advice from a (occasionally tough) friend to keep us focused, on track and hold us to account.

Stuart Buchan

Chartered Financial Adviser - Baggette & Company

LinkedIn

Experienced Wealth Adviser and Business Development Manager with a background in Banking, Financial Planning and Client Experience.  Knowledge & experienced in business ownership ( own beauty business sold 2019). Strong communication at all levels engaging on a professional and collaborative basis.

Helen Stacey

Owner - Aspire Jobs

LinkedIn

Seasoned businesswoman and recruitment expert with over 30 years recruitment industry experience including national, and local start up business.  Have scaled a business from £0 to £15M turnover in a 9 year period.  Excellent at customer service, sales and operations management

Caron Khan

Owner - Caron Khan

LinkedIn

I am a multi-service consultant specialising in communication and brand development. Having qualified in Marketing and PR, I spent 10 years working in advertising and specifically broadcasting before launching my own consultancy in 2008. Now focused on business strategy and with clients spanning a variety of sectors.

Jon Jones

Owner - Leaf Consulting

LinkedIn

I am a qualified mechanical engineer, experienced problem solver and strategic thinker. I like to challenge the status quo and look for better ways to do things. My style is hands and I enjoy engaging, communicating and coaching to help others achieve greater things.

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