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North Dorset Business Group


The recent meeting of North Dorset Business Group (NDBG) was a visit to the newly opened museum and shop/café in Mere for a talk by Hillbrush Company owner Philip Coward. The company has been successfully making brushes since 1922 and is truly a family affair with four generations at the helm.

Members of NDBG went on to the Walnut Tree in town for a meal and presentation to Philippa Turnbull (Software Matters) who after many years is stepping down as Chairman from the group. Philippa has helped the group survive the demise of Ruralnet and develop strong links with the Wiltshire Rural Business Group. She has seen the membership go up attracting up to 25 members, as were present at the Hillbrush Company, at some meetings.

Genette Gale (Rutters Solicitors) thanked her for her dedication, inspiring speakers and in depth business knowledge over the last few years. Although Philippa is stepping down she promises to still be around to advise and support the group in the future.   The role of Chair will now be divided between Genette Gale, Graham May (May Creations), Alison Naylor (Garden Solutions) and Fran Hill (Vale Secretarial) who will work together to build on Philippa’s hard work.

North Dorset Business Group is a group for any businesses in North Dorset and the surrounding area (including into Somerset and Wiltshire), that meets monthly to share information and learn from each other as well as informal networking.  The emphasis is on peer-to-peer learning and support and with no hard selling and no harassment. There are no membership costs and no direct costs for attending – you just pay for any food and/or drink you want to buy.    You can also keep up with things by joining our “North Dorset Business Group” group on LinkedIn or our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can be added to the monthly invite list by emailing


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