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Poole Enterprise Library

Poole Enterprise Library is located in Poole Central Library. It includes a public meeting and information area within the main library and a seminar room off the main library, equipped with an interactive projector.

The meeting and information area offers:

  • Access to business books, magazines and periodicals

  • Space for you to work and/or hold meetings

  • Free access to Wi-Fi and public computers for library members

The seminar room is available for use by entrepreneurs, small businesses and business support groups. If you would like to find out more about these facilities please contact Nell O'Hora at n.ohora@poole.gov.uk.

Online resources

Poole Enterprise Library also offers access to FREE online resources to support businesses. COBRA can be accessed from home or from the work place with your library card and MintUK is available through public computers in any Poole Library.

COBRA - Complete Online Business Reference Adviser

COBRA is an online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports.

MintUK (only accessible in a Poole Library)

MintUK is a comprehensive database of company information in the UK and is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing. We have a one concurrent user licence, so please log out as soon as you have finished. To find out how MintUK can help you watch this short video.

Upcoming Events in the Enterprise Library

Outset StartUp Information Session

Monday 8 January - 10am to 1pm

Come to this information session to find out about Outset’s FREE Start Up program. Advisors will talk you through the range of support available from Outset and help you decide on your next steps during these informal Information Sessions.

Book your free place.

Other ways we can help

Poole Business Support and Advice

The Business Support and Advice page on the council website has information on:

 Business Related Local Authority Services

Decisions? Decisions! In Dorset, Careers Guide

Decisions? Decisions! is a free careers guide which covers the whole of Dorset. The guide has been designed to support young people in Dorset and to help you make well informed career choices. It is based on an informed understanding of the qualifications and skills required be businesses and sectors both locally and nationally. 

Please download the guide or view our page turning version online.

Dorset Growth Hub

The Dorset Growth Hub provides:

  • Free, fully funded impartial business support to SMEs across Dorset
  • Help to new, start up and existing businesses to enable them to develop and grow
  • Information, guidance, online, telephone and face to face support
  • Access to appropriate specialist support provision and services
  • Events and relevant news from around the region

For more information visit their website.

British Library Business and IP Centre

The British Library Business and IP Centre aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. In addition to the services within the Centre, there are also a number of online resources and information to help you start or develop your business. 

British Library BIPC National Start-up Day 2017

The British Library BIPC is running a day of free workshops, talks and events to give SMEs and entrepreneurs the know-how to turn a great idea into a business. Hear from experienced entrepreneurs and learn how to stand out from the online crowd, raise finance for your business and much more. You’ll have the chance to meet like-minded people and talk to seasoned business experts and entrepreneurs.

For more information about events at the British Library BIPC click here.

Can’t make it to London? Start-up Day 2017 is happening in Business & IP Centres across the country. Events at Exeter Library are listed here.

Other useful websites

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