So…what does the future hold for The Wincombe Centre’s new build?

March 8th, 2019

If you’ve visited The Wincombe Centre, or even the Business Park recently, you can’t fail to notice the building works that are going on there.

It’s been a busy, and at times extremely chilly, few months but the Spetisbury Construction team have been brilliant and we’re now entering the final few weeks of the build.

The new, improved and high tech Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic will be opening its doors in just a matter of weeks.

The Wincombe Centre directors, who are funding the build, visited the site yesterday to check on progress.  Here’s a sneak preview of what’s behind closed doors (and fence panels) at this point.  It’s a really light, fabulous space and will be a truly wonderful new surgery for Friars Moor and indeed a great addition to Shaftesbury.

The final stages of the build will include making good the new and existing car park.  Everyone at the centre is most looking forward to getting all of our parking spaces back …and more!

We’ll keep you posted with a completion date and very much look forward to showing you around the newest, smartest Veterinary Clinic in North Dorset.


Looking for a local networking opportunity?

January 25th, 2019
Why not join The Chamber of Commerce January Networking Lunch.
Their first business networking event in Shaftesbury in 2019!

  • Date: Thursday 31st January
  • Time: 12.30-2pm
  • Venue: The Grosvenor Arms Hotel, High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8JA.
  • Cost: £12, payable on the day for a hot drink and a set main course.
  • Dietary requirements can be accommodated if requested at time of booking.

Booking is essential

Please email
by 5pm on Tuesday 29th January to book your place. 

Please contact our networking coordinator, Karen Janes, (from Natural Healing Energy)

on 07941031427 if you have any queries about the meeting.


Has the nature of North Dorset business changed over the last decade?

November 29th, 2018 visits The Wincombe Centre to hear about their expansion, how Brexit uncertainty is affecting small businesses in Shaftesbury and why the nature of business in North Dorset business has changed over the last decade.

Heard about this year’s ‘North Dorset’s Business Day’?

November 7th, 2018

The North Dorset Business Day for 2018 is due to take place on Friday 16th November at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.

Simon Hoare MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for North Dorset since May 2015, will be giving an opening speech and time allowing, will also be talking to businesses and participants of the day.

There are also two workshops available for participants to attend, during the morning “Making Tax Digital” and “Finance and Grants”.  If you would like to attend the event or a particular workshop, either as exhibitor for the day or simply to attend, please book your ticket/s via the link below.

The Business Day has been very well attended by local businesses over previous years and there are only 35 “Exhibitor Tickets” available.  If you wish to have a stand to promote your business please book your ticket early.

If you have not attended the event previously, why not follow the link below to view last year’s event.

Is a mentor really just a ‘friend in business’?

October 16th, 2018

I’ve just heard all about ‘Dormen’ – DORset Business MENtoring and thought it might be worth sharing.

It’s an advice service meant for owners of business at all stages of development from fledgling through growth to planning exit strategy whether retirement or sale, from sole traders to companies employing up to 250 people.

Dormen help business owners who find themselves challenged in some way (whether that being in establishing a foothold in the market, working through staffing issues, financial planning or even just finding their business is stagnating).

A mentor is a ‘business friend’ who looks out for you as the business owner and can often highlight potential issues before they happen, and help the owner be prepared for unforeseen eventualities.

The lady I spoke to said that she often says to men that it is a bit like having a co-pilot in a rally. If the car is an analogy for the owner’s business,  they can focus on driving and getting the best out of it while their mentor co-pilot is supporting them with the journey plan, highlighting things they need to know about as well as alternative routes,  ensuring they are set up for the journey, prepared for bumps in the road, and past that winning post first!

Of course every business owner has their own measure of success and it is the mentor who listens and seeks to understand this in order to be effective for their client.

Due to funding, a whole year of mentoring costs only £200 (and for fledgling businesses this can be paid in part-payments to make the service more accessible). This is for as much time as a client needs, though the average is a 1- 1 ½ hour 1:1 session per month or per 6 weeks, or as much or as little as mentor and client agree as they go along.

They have an evening event in Blandford coming up which you might be interested in attending in order to find out more.

Taste of Mentoring Flyers 2018

Everyone’s got time for lunch surely?

September 26th, 2018

In today’s busy world one question I always ask is… do you have time for lunch? Personally, I never miss an opportunity to eat!

With many people self employed and working hard either solely, or with only a small team, sometimes taking a break can be hard. But we try to coerce people out of their offices at least once a quarter for one of our networking lunches.

Today many joined us for a sunny break from the office and tucked into a harvest ploughman’s feast with a drop of cider to wash it down. What a way to spend an couple of hours!










Does good business space help you to motivate and grow your business?

July 5th, 2018

Bartercard South West UK, a division of the World’s Largest Trade Exchange, think so.  They relocated to The Wincombe Centre last month.

“Over the past 3 years, from a small office in Salisbury, we have grown steadily from just 25 clients to 380 and that rate of growth demanded a larger office in a location with easy access to the West, so Shaftesbury is ideal for us“ said Director Deborah Merx. “We are looking forward to working with even more South West based businesses, from Bournemouth to Penzance and as far north as Bristol. Bartering is rapidly becoming an essential business tool for businesses looking for a competitive edge in increasingly difficult trading conditions”

Deborah Merx (brokerage director) signing the new office licence with Wendy Ibbotson our Centre Manager.

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Operating in 11 countries, it offers its 55,000 members guaranteed new business and a barter-trading system to exchange goods and services within a global community.

If like me, you have no idea what that could mean for my business, why not head over to to find out!


And a very warm welcome to The Wincombe Centre Deborah and Geoff!

Is there an etiquette associated with the humble networking lunch?

June 25th, 2018

Once a quarter, The Wincombe Centre plays host to a networking lunch provided for all of our licensed businesses.  The rules for our lunches are simple!

As hosts….preparation is key!

Ensure that there’s enough of the yummy stuff for everyone!






Sit back and look forward to welcoming everyone.






As guests arrive….make sure they all relax and enjoy all the food and sunshine!






That’s our Wincombe Summer Picnic event in a nutshell.  Like-minded lovely folk, enjoying a break from the office with sunshine and sarnis!

Looking for a bit of redirection and remotivation?

June 7th, 2018

A change in location can sometimes revitalize your working day.

Working from home is the cheapest and most flexible way for a start up business to flourish, but at some point it can become a stumbling block to progression.  There’s often a compromise. Moving to a small office away from the home environment is going to add to the costs of running your business, so it’s got to have worth.  What worth would you put onto being able to come into the office whenever you like, but being able to leave for some cherished uninterupted hours with the family?  How much value would you put on to being able to work in a thriving, encouraging environment with other like minded business folk?

Our EASY IN EASY OUT office licence agreements give you great flexibility.  With simple four weekly inclusive fees, easy broadband and VOIP packages, access to a fabulous little meeting room, and a clean and smart centre environment with an eclectic range of small businesses, will hopefully provide you with a viable and valued option to suit your needs.

And we’ve got some fantastic space available NOW!






Unit 30 £54.65 + VAT per week

Unit 28 £70.70 + VAT per week

Unit 38 £76.20 + VAT per week

Unit 22 £129.40 + VAT per week

There’s never been a better time to consider an office at The Wincombe Centre with the choice on offer at the moment.

The Meeting room is a fabulous space for up to 8/10 people.  It’s available at only £12 + VAT per hour.








Reception is open between 9am and 2pm daily.  Why not pop down to see Anne and Wendy for more information and a look at our fabulous facilities.  Alternatively email or call 01747 850404


Flying drones … all in a day’s work!

May 11th, 2018

As another weekend approaches, we’re reflecting on our last superbly sunny one and the activity seen at the Centre.

Anthony Walker and team from Thermosurvey brought their monster drone up to the site to survey our solar panels. We got some amazing shots of The Centre from high up above.


It’s an incredible piece of kit! The drone is huge and but flies so smoothly.


It’s loaded with two cameras – one for photos and one for the thermal imagining. With this, and some pretty high tech software, they can view our solar panels and identify any hot spots or problems that may need further investigation.


Fascinating to watch!

Not a bad way to spend your working hours!