Let me introduce you to ‘Thrive’, a new business development group from The Business Greenhouse.  The concept has been developed in response to feedback gathered from small business owners. Thrive’s aim is to deliver the type of support they would really value, yet isn’t easily available for this size of business.

After much cultivation, I’m utterly delighted that it’s time to launch the first ‘Thrive’ group. As the town in which The Business Greenhouse is based, I’ve chosen Bridgwater, Somerset, in which to open the inaugural group.

Intrigued? Read on for more information…

A dynamic new business development group in Bridgwater

Are you ready for your business to benefit from the energy and momentum anticipated by other organisations in and around Bridgwater?

An image of West Quay Bridgwater in Someter

This new Thrive group aims to flip business support on its head. You won’t find a prescribed series of talks telling you what you should be doing in your business. Nor stacks of reading material. Times are challenging and uncertain. Here at The Business Greenhouse we believe there is a need to think, and do things, differently and better.

In the company of like-minded small business owners and leaders, the aim of this group is to encourage a micro-culture amongst you of entrepreneurial mindset. Collaboration, learning and innovation will enable you to realise your business ambitions.

Providing a collective solution-generating, impetus-giving, sounding board, the group is invested in you and your business’ success. We envisage the advantage and future opportunities for your business as you profit from shared skills, know-how, resources and the benefit of hindsight.

Being part of the group will mean a ‘time and effort investment’ from you, too. Other participants will expect and value your input and support. You will also remain responsible for the development of your own business in real-time. You’ll be accountable to the group as well – for their investment in you and your business, they’ll want to see you make progress!

However, with the group’s support, you will unlock confidence, capability and capacity that enables you to make things happen for your business.


Who’s the group for?

This initial Thrive group is for businesses based in and around Bridgwater in the Sedgemoor District of Somerset. Our intention is that you will benefit whether you’re an owner-manager, have one or a handful of employees, or are tipping the balance into becoming a medium enterprise. Typically, you might describe your business as a micro or small enterprise.  If your business is larger than this, and you feel that you would benefit from being a member of the group or contributing, please let us know.

The wider the sector representation, and the larger the breadth of experience, the better we anticipate the opportunity for cross-fertilisation of ideas.


How do I know this group will work?

This dynamic business development model has been developed as a result of the work The Business Greenhouse has done with Bristol Business School and the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England (UWE) to deliver the benefits of their Team Entrepreneur business development support model to businesses. There the students learn business skills, how to manage the personal development of themselves and their team, and put this into action running real companies in which the University has no stake.


How many people can join the group?

To maximise the benefit to your business, we want to keep group numbers to around 6. Our experience shows that smaller groups are more productive than larger groups and develop better relationships.


Who will run the Bridgwater group?

It will be facilitated by me! I’m Lynda Wookey, local owner-manager of The Business Greenhouse. I am a qualified executive coach of business owners and leaders in their field. My business development and marketing background underpins my work as does the range of experience I’ve gained working across industrial, public, not-for-profit and small business sectors. I will work to enable collaboration, creativity and the development of skills amongst the group members.


How often will the group meet?

We’re setting out with the understanding that this group will meet at least once a month for three months in the first instance. However, the most important element of this is that it works for the group members involved. Therefore, we will agree to timings and frequency of meetings between us.


What happens if I want to leave the group?

We anticipate the group agreeing to meet regularly over a set number of months (we’re thinking once a month for three months) at the end of which they can agree to meet again, or not. Members should commit to meeting for the duration of each block of months. This will allow an opportunity for ideas and ambitions to be realised. However, the group could agree to overrule this.


Can I join the group at a later date?

Our experience suggests that the benefit to the group members increases as the relationships between them develops. As such, it’s hard for new group members to join at a later date. The existing group members would have to be consulted.


When is the first meeting?

The first meeting will be in the Autumn of this year, 2017. We intend to precede that with a free introductory session. The introductory session is to help you find out more before you commit.


How much will it cost?

We know cost can be a prohibitive factor for many micro and small business owners. Therefore, we want to offer membership of this group on a Pay What You Wish basis. This does not mean it’s free. It means you can pay what you feel the group is worth to you. We can talk more about this at the introductory session.


How do I register my interest?

To book your place on 25th September, simply register here:


How do I confirm I want to join the group?

You may confirm that you want to join the group at the 25th September session or by emailing me by Friday 29th September at lynda@thebusinessgreenhouse.co.uk with ‘Thrive Bridgwater’ in the subject heading.

I’m interested, but I can’t make the proposed group meetings on 16th October, 20th November and 18th December

Register your interest by emailing me at lynda@thebusinessgreenhouse.co.uk. Please include your preferred contact details and I will get back to you when I have enough people registered to run another group.


Any questions?

If you’d like to know more before the meeting in September, please do email me, Lynda, call me on 07546 409664, or leave a message on The Business Greenhouse Contact Us page.

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