Starting and growing your business

Support and advice

If you are starting or growing your business in Poole, you have access to a wide range of business support services. These include:

  • Dorset Gateway:  the new central repository of advice and support from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership for all sizes of businesses in Dorset, providing them with a business support service and signposting to the most appropriate local or national commercial or public funded assistance available to help them grow
  • Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI): represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across Dorset with training, networking events, advice for exporters, and more
  • Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC): partnership of manufacturing companies, academic institutions, local and central government and business support organisations helping to grow the engineering and manufacturing sector in Dorset with a diary of events, workshops, training, and support
  • Dorset Growth Hub: a one-stop shop for businesses or individuals in Dorset looking for support to help start or grow their business including workshops, training, events, and a number of different grants
  • Federation of Small Businesses: provides support for the small business and self-employed sector
  • Outset in Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch: support from set up to early trading and early trading support

For a full overview of all of the business support on offer, have a look at our book.

Page last updated: 30 October 2018
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