Workshop Testimonials

Grow have taught more than a thousand people the key skills they need to successfully market a business. We have more than a decade of experience as marketing practitioners, and participants at our workshops benefit from our deep understanding of marketing. But don’t take our word for it – see what people say about our workshops.

Alasdair helps you see your business from angles you didn't know were visible.

We were introduced to Alasdair at our acceleration cohort at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub. We had about a dozen mentors coaching us on different aspects of business. Most of them lectured AT us while Alasdair talked TO us.

The first thing you notice about Alasdair is his down-to-earth, hands-on approach to business training. There are so many moments in Alasdair's class where you think to yourself "That's brilliant yet to simple, why didn't I think of that before?!" - Well, it's mainly because your mentality was different before the class. Alasdair helps you see your business from angles you didn't know were visible before. He teaches you HOW to think instead of WHAT to think, which makes a massive difference in the amount of knowledge you walk out of his classes with.

The internet is full of information and there are many marketing experts out there. What separates the wheat from the chaff is whether or not a mentor can show you how to apply all the information he's given you directly to your business. Alasdair gives real-life examples, rather than throwing theories at you from a textbook that you're not sure what to do with.

Alasdair asked questions about our companies and encouraged us to ask him questions and get deeply involved in the discussions. That kept ideas moving around the room from the beginning of the class till the very end. People who never usually spoke out in class were actively participating.

Nobody got bored and everyone felt they had learned some valuable techniques and gained deeper insight into their businesses. Instead of running out for a smoke before the mentor even finished turning off the projector - as is usually the case after a class - many people stayed behind to ask even more questions.

His workshops are well-moderated yet with his interactive style of teaching, everybody in the room gets involved. Alasdair diverts from the traditional “passing of information” by making you give examples how these issues affect your own business, then shows how to use the information you've being given to actually improve and grow your business.

Ali Makhzoum
LifeLab BioDesign

Straight forward discussion with understandable language

Straight forward discussion with understandable language, thoughtful and direct advice.

Pleasant disposition to make you feel at ease.

A good day sport.

Gary Churchward
The Churchward Gallery

Much better than any other marketing session I’ve ever done

Alasdair ran an excellent session on marketing for our start-up social entrepreneurs, that communicated the basics of marketing in an interactive and practical way.

The participants worked on, and thought about their own businesses throughout the session and left having made some real progress on their own plans for marketing.

The session was fun, interactive, informative and energetic. Alasdair is extremely knowledgeable and brought it to life with lots of practical examples.

A few comments from our participants:
A most practical, thorough and thought provoking session. I loved him!
Very valuable marketing advice. Much better than any other marketing session I’ve ever done
Practical with excellent tools

Angela Miles, Learning Manager
The School for Social Entrepreneurs

Top feedback from us for all of Alasdair’s workshops

Alasdair's workshop was so hands on and practical - He covered lots of different marketing channels and explained everything really clearly.

We learnt things we could actually put in to practice such as email marketing and Facebook advertising. Alasdair showed us how easy and effective they can be.

I was impressed with how Alasdair handled all the questions during the workshop, no matter the sector.

Alasdair also delivered a full day of sales training for us at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Beirut and everyone is still raving about it.

Alessio Bortone
UK Lebanon Tech Hub

This was the best and most concise workshop I have ever done

This was the best and most concise workshop I have ever done. Having attended a number of similar seminars, I was amazed by just how good this workshop was. Not only was the information taught at the perfect pace and in an informal way, so that all of the attendees could understand what was being discussed, it gave a clear structure and approach to marketing a small business.

Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it and I was extremely impressed with the content and practical advice it gave about marketing. I would recommend it to any business owner looking to give their business a boost.

Greg Gillespie
The London Academy Of Dance

Alasdair created an interactive learning environment that kept the attendees enthusiastic for the subject matter

Alasdair delivered a workshop for us as part of our Business support program to London based Creative and Digital SMEs.

From the start of the day, right until the end, Alastair created an interactive learning environment that kept the attendees enthusiastic for the subject matter. He achieved this through his informative and engaging delivery style.

Feedback from the attendees has been great. Many of them have reported measurable change in their businesses since attending the workshop.

I would highly recommend Alasdair both for his real world practical knowledge and insights and his overall theoretical knowledge and understanding of Marketing and Digital Marketing.

Andre Lecointe-Gayle
London Fusion

An excellent workshop, delivered by a real expert in the field

This was an excellent workshop, delivered by a real expert in the field.

The participants were given an engaging class that not only looked at sales strategy but also salesforce management and operations. It asked the group to analyse their own strategies and processes and taught them how to go about applying alternate ones.

A very practical and relevant course for any entrepreneur or leader of an SME.

Oliver Pinch, Training Manager
UCL Advances

I have learned lots of really useful information and techniques

I have learnt lots of really useful information and techniques that I can't wait to get to work and put in practice.

It was also a great event for meeting others with new businesses to network with.

Amy Scott
Treasured

One of the best workshops I have been to – and I have been to a lot!

One of the best workshops I have been to – and I have been to a lot! Alasdair is extremely knowledgeable about small business sales and marketing and the workshop gave me a wealth of actionable ideas to take forward for my business.

Sinead MacManus
8Fold

I found the workshop very informative, that covered a lot of ground in a very short time.

I found the workshop very informative, that covered a lot of ground in a very short time, suiting businesses from start up to later stages of the growth cycle.

It provided me with ideas on how to market my business - from email marketing software, to applying search keywords and phrases to different types of content; without having to resort to costly agency fees.

Beyond this it also provided thought processes on lead generation and turning unique visitors into potential customers.

Sandrine Lester
Gourmet Escapes

This was a very engaging, focused and targeted workshop.

This was a very engaging, focused and targeted workshop. It was presented with very clear analogies without going off topic.

I like how we were encouraged to discuss and share ideas with others. Also provided a booklet to take home with links to be sent over.

Amy Heaslip
Food Innovation Solutions

Helped me to be up to date with the most efficient & effective strategies for marketing a business online on a small budget.

This was a great workshop! Relevant for small businesses without lots of money!

Very interactive with demos shown live online. It also helped me to be up to date with the most efficient & effective strategies for marketing a business online on a small budget.

Diana Wright
Diana Wright Nutrition

This is the first workshop that I’ve attended where I actually feel like I’ve gained a huge amount of info

The workshop was very thorough and we covered a huge amount. The trainer was also very passionate about his subject. This is the first workshop that I’ve attended where I actually feel like I’ve gained a huge amount of info.

 The workbook was great, and I found it very valuable.

Saboohi Bukhari
The Advocacy Project

It was fantastic!

The workshop gave me clarity, focus and a plan.

Thank you, it was fantastic!

Geraldine Grandidier
Tidy-Books

A lot of things Alasdair said struck a chord with me – he is knowledgeable and dynamic

The workshop was excellent and a lot of things Alasdair said struck a chord with me – he is knowledgeable and dynamic.

We covered a huge amount of content and yet Alasdair managed to keep energy levels high.

Emma Taggart
Emma Taggart

Grow addressed areas specific to our business

Grow managed to cover a wide range of online marketing topics in one afternoon but also personalised the session to ensure we came away having addressed areas specific to our business.

Archie Woodhead
Big Burn

The sections on SEO and keywords were interesting and useful.

The sections on SEO and keywords were really interesting and useful.

It's especially useful to know how much information I can get from Google for free!

Rebecca Litchfield
England Preserves

The workshop opened my mind to new ideas and a better understanding of online marketing.

The presenter had very good delivery, and it wasn't over complicated.

The workshop opened my mind to new ideas and a better understanding of online marketing.

Justine Walsh
Van Girls

I feel much better equipped to market my business.

A fantastic workshop!

Alasdair has a mind of really useful information.

I’m looking forward to digesting everything, re-reading the straightforward accompanying notes and taking my first steps.

I started from a really basic standpoint and feel much better equipped to market my business.

Alasdair had a great style, crammed so much in and made it a really relaxed, informal and interactive atmosphere.

Sophie Eve
Eve and Green

The workbook is a great resource which I'll be using again and again!

It was very practical, with step-by-step instructions on how to do things.

The workbook is a great resource which I'll be using again and again!

Elizabeth Tudball
Holly and Friends

His activities with our students have added much value to their academic experience.

Dr Rachel Doern

Due to the success of the Masterclass, we have brought Alasdair back a second time.

Alasdair has also been a visiting speaker for our Management undergraduate students.

During his talks he has shared with our students his experiences as a serial entrepreneur and in working as a consultant specialising in start-up and small business activities.
Alasdair provided intelligent, insightful and constructive feedback. His activities with our students have added much value to their academic experience.

Rachel Doern, Director MSc Entrepreneurship
Royal Holloway University of London

Excellent and useful advice- great value for money!

Contained useful information to grow my business - and it’s great to have time think what to do next as well as to discuss plans with other people.

It was great to have the booklet to take a way, and it was generally excellent and useful advice - great value for money!

Annabel Rook
Skooville

I am determined to come on another course with the company soon!

Our presenter covered a lot of ground, so we all learnt a lot about the subject.

He was very happy to answer any questions and really engage with us.

I am determined to come on another course with the company soon!

Jill Campion
Jill Campion Hand Made Tiles

A very useful introduction to marketing

A very useful introduction to marketing: the workshop offered very useful ideas, the pace was good and the presentation professional.

David Small
Pantheon Executive Search

The masterclass was grounded in the key areas of marketing for small businesses.

The masterclass was grounded in the key areas of marketing for small businesses.

Interesting and informative, I will be putting it into practice to facilitate business growth.

Katherine Bird
Hook International

The workshop gave me an overall understanding of online marketing.

The workshop not only covered how to find the best SEO keywords, but it also gave me an overall understanding of online marketing tools and how to implement them in my own business.

Cynthia Zhuang
Mandarin 121

Loads of food for thought.

Four hours simply flew by!

Brilliant examples and loads of food for thought.

Giulia van Boven-Trovato
Giulia van Boven-Trovato

Very user friendly and brilliantly practical

The workshop is very user friendly and brilliantly practical.

The materials are detailed, so there’s no need to take notes, which means it’s easy to listen and absorb information.

Liz Munro
Liz Munro Compliance

The workshop provides real technical instruction as well as broad strategic guidance

Alasdair has a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise.

The workshop provides real technical instruction as well as broad strategic guidance, which you can take away with print and digital materials.

Simon Carroll
Simon Carroll Copywriting

It broadened my horizons of online marketing knowledge

Excellent course- very informative.

I definitely feel I’ve broadened my horizons of online marketing knowledge.

Yousuf Muhammad
Mytracom Limited

A vast amount of useful content on everything from social media marketing to Google and PPC

Alasdair delivered a vast amount of useful content on everything from social media marketing to Google and PPC, all delivered in a very short amount of time.

Simon Cavill
Bee Good

Amazing

Amazing- thank you so much. I need to go home and debrief now! Wow!

Katie Clare
inSpiral

The workshop was fantastic for new ideas and helped me to hone in on what is important

The workshop was fantastic for new ideas and helped me to hone in on what is important, particularly with getting back to basics and online marketing suggestions.

Sophie Brayne
IP Pragmatics

In depth information on keywords, SEOs, google ads all the way through to long tail keywords for blogging.

The masterclass included in depth information on keywords, SEOs, google ads all the way through to long tail keywords for blogging.

It got me thinking much more about content marketing.

Bryony Hope
Big House Theatre Company

A very personable and engaging host, the handbook is very useful.

A very personable and engaging host, comfortable atmosphere and lots of interaction and feedback. I learnt many marketing tips and the handbook is very useful. The exercises made me think more about my business.

Katrina Wight, Illustrator and Print Designer
Katrina Wight

It’s given me the tools I need to grow, I can apply it to my business TODAY!

The best things about the course were the level of detail and in depth context- it’s given me the tools I need to grow. I loved the approach and hands on detail. I can apply it to my business TODAY!

Cath Boughton
The Listing

The pace was good- covered a lot of relevant content in the four hours.

I liked the mixed group- interesting to learn what other industries are doing. The pace was good- covered a lot of relevant content in the four hours. I also felt comfortable to participate- good vibe. Best bit- I got an action plan to take away.

Alison Hope
Artech House

The workshop helped me to think more clearly about my online marketing strategy.

The small group discussions were really great with a good level of content. The workshop helped me to think more clearly about my online marketing strategy.

Justine Prain
Made By Jason

Fun, informative and useful. Brilliant session.

The workshop was fun, informative and gave a useful overview of marketing approaches. I left with a firmer idea of what I need to do to develop my business. Brilliant session.

Jane Ellsbury
Ellsbury

It is an excellent course with abundant examples and explanation. I would highly recommend this to SME owners!

As a complete novice, I was very worried that I would find it hard to understand online marketing. Alasdair made it very easy to understand. I now know how to optimise my marketing through email, blogging and keywords.

It is an excellent course with abundant examples and explanation. I would highly recommend this to SME owners and have indeed already done so.

Penny Fray
Pen and Ink Tuition

Alasdair is a God…..

Brilliant! Everyone should do this! Alasdair is a God…..

Tony Henderson
Leopard Publishing Ventures

His open and engaging style ensures that there is lots of interaction and his practical knowledge and real world insights have been greatly valued by participants.

Alasdair Inglis from Grow has taught a number of marketing and sales workshops on UCL's internal and external programmes.

His open and engaging style ensures that there is lots of interaction and learning in his workshops and his practical knowledge and real world insights have been greatly valued by participants resulting in excellent feedback.

Dave Chapman, Vice-Dean for Enterprise UCL Engineering
University College London

The workshop covered a lot and gave me food for thought

The workshop covered a lot and gave me food for thought. The material was so rich it could have been delivered in a day.

Nigel Sargent
Atlas Management Consulting

Information that was applicable to so many business types at various stages

Very interactive format, jam-packed with information that was applicable to so many business types at various stages. Really useful information.

Rebecca Brei

Alasdair has such a complete and genuine passion for marketing that you can't help but be enthused and engaged

Alasdair has such a complete and genuine passion for marketing that you can’t help but be enthused and engaged.

I really enjoyed the way we were “worked hard,” and made to think how we could apply what we were learning to our own businesses.

I was so fired up by the course I woke up an hour earlier the next morning, thinking about lead generation!

Emma Kiwanuka
Flourish Childcare

Down to earth, practical advice

Down to earth, practical advice, tailored to small business. Perfect pitch.

Mark Ridsdill-Smith
Vertical Veg

This was truly a “Master Class”

I’m already trained and experienced in Marketing but this workshop exposed me to how the discipline has been transformed by new technology.

I understand all the basic concepts but was totally intrigued by how they are done in the new medium.This was truly a “Master Class”.

The presenter didn’t talk down to the audience and had a lot of examples and case studies from the experienced participants.

Devon Thomas
Lambeth Enteprise

I have paid 10 times as much for workshops that covered only a tenth of Alasdair’s material. This is superb value.

Alasdair led the workshop in a warm, engaging and creative way. He is great at drawing people out and getting ideas from them.

He was great at adding value to the process by identifying customer benefits for the diverse businesses there, when owner-managers are often too close to what they do to articulate them clearly.

I have paid 10 times as much for workshops that covered only a tenth of Alasdair’s material. This is superb value.

Tessa Stuart
Packed Branding

I came away with a really useful list of ways to improve my marketing

The session was very useful and stimulating. I came away with a really useful list of ways to improve my marketing.

Roger Randall
The London Kids Company Ltd

Very informative, constructive and just what I needed at this stage in my business!

I found the workshop to be very informative, constructive and just what I needed at this stage in my business! All the information given and shared was extremely helpful and has inspired and motivated me to move forward with some new ideas.

 I have also taken from this some really useful new contacts!

James Bishop
Hire The Barman

A truly valuable session to attend for any small business owner!

Grow has taught me the importance of marketing and helped me to value it as a revenue generator and not an admin burden as I had previously seen it! It’s vital to my business that I understand and reprioritise the work I do; especially online through the website and in finding ways to approach new customers. The main benefit from the workshop was learning how to show customers that you can solve their problems rather than just selling them products.

The complementing workbook was ideal, the perfect size to dip into and well thought out in terms of practical tips and advice. Grow nailed it in terms of the location and the group size – a truly valuable session to attend for any small business owner!

Dudley Rees
Chelsea Connected Ltd

An extremely worthwhile session led by an intelligent and well-spoken instructor

The Grow workshop was an extremely worthwhile session led by an intelligent and well-spoken instructor. I came away with an abundance of marketing techniques to put into action. An interactive workshop in a safe and friendly environment – I’d definitely recommend to others!

Jessica Pekin
Cinimod Studio

This is amazing value for money and shouldn’t be missed!

Grow shares excellent, practical advice which is very well focused on small businesses and start ups, not corporate giants. This is amazing value for money and shouldn’t be missed!

Neil Courtis
Sensible Media

This bloke is excellent! Good content, practical materials to take home and a real sense that Grow care

This bloke is excellent! Good content, practical materials to take home and a real sense that Grow care. I have a degree in marketing and must say this is an excellent refresh to bring me up to speed with techniques to drive the business forward.

William Mountain
Screen Europa

I have learnt different ways to promote my company effectively at low cost

The Grow workshop had a clear structure and covered a variety of topics. As a true ‘beginner’ I now understand how marketing works and have learnt different ways to promote my company effectively at low cost to our target markets.

Pablo Kostelec

The joy and enthusiasm Alasdair has for the topic took the fear out of marketing for me!

A huge amount of really useful, practical information. All of it was accessible and applicable. The joy and enthusiasm Alasdair has for the topic took the fear out of marketing for me!

Kathleen Cronin-Newson
Ignite Leadership

Amazing value for money and a worthwhile investment, not forgetting the workbook packed with excellent stuff

Thank you Grow – you’ve given me lots of ideas and leads after a very thorough and engaging workshop.

As a freelance Press Officer, this session is amazing value for money and a worthwhile investment, not forgetting the workbook packed with excellent stuff.

The networking at the event was an opportunity to meet other small business owners and I came away with press work for 3 fellow delegates!

Tania Shillam
Freelance Press Officer

The workshop was fantastic and the marketing workbook was really useful

I thought the workshop was fantastic and the marketing workbook was really useful, presented well and had an easy to follow layout. It was great to have the chance to ask the presenter questions and being able to develop my marketing plan on the spot proved really beneficial. Thank you!

Mary Daniels
The Life Chef

The workshop structure covered so many relevant topics

The workshop structure covered so many relevant topics without flooding too much detail. Very applicable info!

Ian Scullard
Luxury Experience Concierge

The visuals the presenter used were really helpful in explaining the marketing concepts

I really enjoyed the discussions in pairs because it’s useful to speak with other businesses in similar situations and hear their feedback. The visuals the presenter used were really helpful in explaining the marketing concepts.

Tina Shah
Masala Masala

The Marketing Masterclass gave specific advice, tips, and tools

The Marketing Masterclass gave specific advice, tips, and tools on how to approach the most basic aspects of marketing with long-term success in mind. I believe that most entrepreneurs could benefit from this class, whether in the initial planning phase or a somewhat more advanced phase of their business. I continue to refer to my class notes as I develop my new business idea.

Janet Roemmel

The Masterclass tells you all you need to know about marketing, simply and clearly

An excellent workshop, well structured, and full of practical tips for the uninitiated.

Alasdair paced the course well, covering a lot of ground while allowing time for group contributions.

The Masterclass tells you all you need to know about marketing, simply and clearly. One of the best course manuals I’ve seen. I left the workshop knowing exactly what I had to do!

Kehinde James
Kehinde James

The whole workshop was very inspirational!

The whole workshop was very inspirational! Apart from all the knowledge which was taught to us, I also liked when the presenter threw a question from one of the attendees to the whole group to answer and advise.

Agata Kaluza

Actionable steps to apply to my business and see a real difference

The presentation was filled with a plethora of concepts and actionable steps to apply to my business and see a real difference. It was very educational, especially for people like us, just starting out and shaping our business. Absolutely great workshop!

Svetlana Zhitnitsky

I would highly recommend the course to other entrepreneurs and business development professionals

I recently attended Alasdair’s Marketing Masterclass and would like to thank him for such an informative, well-structured and practical workshop yesterday with tips that I could walk away with and immediately apply to my business.

I found the real world examples he gave us very refreshing as was his honesty about the challenges he has faced as an entrepreneur and how he overcame them. I would highly recommend the course to other entrepreneurs and business development professionals.

Rahul Katrak
Futura Services

High quality material and...passionate presentation style

I absolutely loved it! High quality material and Alasdair has a very passionate presentation style. Thank you!

Adam Wells
Camino Coaching

Brilliant examples and loads of food for thought!

4 hours simply flew away! Brilliant examples and loads of food for thought!

Givlia Vanboven-Trovato

Inspired me to do the ideas I’ve already had

Helping me to think more about my marketing not just applying the things I’ve learn today but also inspired me to do the ideas I’ve already had. Also made me aware of the many referrals opportunities I’m letting slip.

Leigh White

Talking to other people in small groups on ideas, really great

Good level of content. Talking to other people in small groups on ideas, really great. Getting a structure clear, before heading into social or SEO.

Justine Prain

This workshop gave me the tools I needed to rethink my business

This workshop gave me the tools I needed to rethink my business and hopefully increase my sales. Lots of things to reconsider! Thank you Alasdair really enjoyed it.

Catherine LeCavlier

Lots of very useful ideas on marketing

Lots of very useful ideas on marketing. Good pace and professional presentation. Very useful introduction to marketing.

David Small

Brilliant session: informative, fun and gave a broad and useful overview of marketing approaches

Brilliant session: Informative, fun and gave a broad and useful overview of marketing approaches. Will leave with a firm idea of what I need to do to develop my business.

Jane Ellsbury

Now I know where to focus my efforts

Short and sharp. Saved me reading a marketing book to get the same information, nicely distilled. Now I know where to focus my efforts.

Mary Rawlinson

A practical and thorough session and has given me so many tips to put into action

I have come away with a tonne of things to do! The workshop was so informative and covered everything. It was a practical and thorough session and has given me so many tips to put into action. The workbook is a great resource, covering all the relevant topics with useful content.

Ben Gill

The workshop felt bespoke and tailored, not laboured and reproduced content

Alasdair was an excellent presenter and I really valued his use of examples from people within the room. The workshop felt bespoke and tailored, not laboured and reproduced content.

Kate Andrews
Loco2 Ltd

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