See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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Forest Traders now run Business Brainstorming sessions to help local Businesses of all sizes and people who are thinking about starting a Business.

After having had many meetings with local Businesses, we have found that it is amazing how much can come from a fresh pair of eyes and ears. We all tend to get tunnel vision with our Businesses and we think we have tried everything or have thought of every possibility but the reality is, we most probably haven‘t.

The session brings 5 local Businesses together who have a particular area they‘d like to brainstorm. This could be:-

Growth Ideas
Change of Direction
Or just to generally give some advice on ‘where to go’ with their Business.

Each Business will be given 30 minutes to talk about their area specifically and the idea is for the other Business owners to come up with thoughts, suggestions or experiences that they have had to help this person. We each take it in turns for this process until the end of the session.

Our next brainstorming session will be held on :- TBC

For details of Business Brainstorming workshops,click here.

Testimonials from Business Brainstorming participants

I attended a fantastic brainstorming session with Jo from Forest Traders in December 2015. Jo is a great facilitator and understands local business needs of all sizes very well. This session gave me an opportunity to review my business from a different perspective whilst gaining lots of tips and ideas that I had not even thought about. This has given me that extra motivation and support to help develop and promote my business - thank you Jo for your inspiration. - Lisa Morris - Paws A While With Me

I recently attended a business brainstorming session with Jo of Forest Traders which I found extremely helpful. Four of us were exploring our business development issues, all of which seemed to involve marketing of some kind. Jo grounded us all as we floated various ideas, discussed stumbling blocks and shared solutions as peers; quietly guiding us and sharing her own experience and expertise. Jo took notes and distributed them very quickly; they continue to be incredibly helpful for those times when I procrastinate and do anything but focus on my own business. Thank you Jo Davies! - Karen - Severnside Holistic Healing

I attended Jo‘s Brain storming session and was really impressed with how much I got from it. I came away with lots of new ideas and practical tips that I can put in to place to further promote my business. I would highly recommend it to businesses old and new. - Penny Kavallares - Lydney Osteopaths

Being at Jo‘s business brainstorming workshop was a completely fantastic experience! I didn‘t know exactly what I would get out of the session, but, with exactly the right amount of facilitation by Jo the group were soon giving me a whole new perspective on some questions I have relating to new products and services that I will be launching later this year. Thanks to the workshop I now have a new set of ideas and some important feedback to consider that I can now take some time to expand and develop. If you are looking for a sounding board or a place to explore a challenge that needs some new perspectives, then I 100% recommend the business brainstorming workshop. Its a no brainer! - Miranda Jenkins - Skills To Go

Jo has an inordinate amount of knowledge about businesses, public and private, local, regional and national. She is a source of inspirational advice and always to willing to help with introductions to all sorts of people to help you on your journey with your business. The brainstorming session she hosted gave me a new perspective on what I am doing and how to market it in a range of ways - an excellent investment of time and money. Thanks - Jaqui Fabian

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the very useful Business Brainstorming workshop that I attended last week. It was a huge help to work with a team on how to take my business forwards. Your help facilitating the session kept it on course and targeted. I am already putting new plans into place and I‘m excited about the year ahead. Do keep me up to date with any new business development programmes that you are offering.- Sarah Jones, The Chocolate Strawberry

It was brilliant. Thank you to all for your invaluable input - Andrea

I recently attended one of Forest Traders brainstorming sessions and came away with my brain storming with thoughts, ideas! It was a small group with 3 other businesses and Jo and after coffee each of us had 1/2 an hour to discuss whatever we wanted to about our businesses. My items ranged from social media, finances and despondency from things not going quite right lately. The relaxed environment and feedback from all the people there has helped me get with my va va vroom back AND I have a few really exciting ideas to work on to find a different target market. Thank you. - Sarah, Fellows Framing.

People had recommended Jo‘s Brainstorming Business Workshop to me and I‘m glad I took part in one. It was a great opportunity to bounce ideas around and get a new perspective from other business people. Jo has plenty of practical experience in business and is highly knowledgeable when it comes to social media. I came out of it with some real gems and it definitely got the creative and intellectual juices flowing. It was definitely money well spent and Jo is a thoroughly nice and approachable person to boot. I would recommend it to anyone who‘s feeling stuck in their business and needs some fresh ideas. - Becca Cobham, Creative Bee.

Forest Traders brainstorming workshop was an excellent opportunity to receive ideas for my business that may never have surfaced. The idea of helping others whilst receiving help in one session works. enough said - Paul James, Best Parteez.

I thoroughly recommend taking part in one of Forest Traders “Brainstorming your Business” sessions, it made me see other possibilities and options which I was not aware of and has given me new enthusiasm for the project I asked the questions about - Karin Whittaker, Karosa Jewellery.

Forest Traders Brainstorming Workshop was allowed for an exchange of ideas for developing my business. The session was delivered in a friendly environment. As well as giving ideas for moving the business forward, it was a handy confidence booster and helped me focus on ways to keep moving the business forward. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone seeking fresh ideas for their business. - Ben Warner, Megabyte Repairs.

Find us on:

the forester business awards 2017 the forester business awards 2016 the growth hub approved partner - forest traders women in business forester awards finalist wyedeantourism

Former Forest of Dean Ambassador For The Gloucestershire Business Show

glos business show

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cap business club

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