Starting and growing your business


We have access to a wealth of information to help support and advise you on starting or growing your business in Poole or the wider Dorset area, including:

  • land and premises
  • business support, funding and grants 
  • networking opportunities
  • skills and training and links to the local college and training providers
  • links to collaboration with local universities
  • links to our other services such as planning and regeneration, and transportation

We are involved in a number of projects in the support and growth of our key sectors, including advanced engineering and manufacturing, marine and maritime, health and social care, and retail.

Flagship projects include:

  • Poole Marine Hub: a partnership of marine and maritime businesses, academic institutions, central and local government, and not for profit organisations looking to support and grow the sector in Poole
  • Poole Maritime Festival Business Programme: a week of workshops, conferences and networking to celebrate our marine excellence in Poole
  • Annual Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing 'Meet the Buyer' events: an opportunity for local engineering and manufacturing businesses to meet the procurement decision makers from some of our largest engineering buyers in Dorset
  • Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster: supporting and growing the engineering and manufacturing sector in Dorset
  • SPEED: We are delighted to be a partner on the Interreg 2 Seas project SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development).

If you need help or advice, please get in touch with our economic development team on 01202 633015.

Page last updated: 13 May 2021
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