covid-19 Support from DORSET GATEWAY

In addition to the range of government financial support on offer, Dorset Gateway has developed some other support initiatives to help businesses that might not otherwise have access to, or be eligible for official government support and funding. 

Last updated: 18 February 2021

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If your business could use an extra boost through the COVID-19 pandemic, Dorset Gateway offers additional help and support to businesses, social enterprises and charities based in the county.

Crowdfund Dorset Business

Match funding of up to £5000 

Crowdfund Dorset Business is open to all businesses and social enterprises to help them adapt to trading during COVID-19 restrictions. For example, moving online, pre-selling goods or even introducing PPE equipment into offices, shops or visitor spaces.

We offer match funding of up to £5000 to eligible Businesses and Social Enterprises based in Dorset. We're particularly interested in supporting those who find themselves ineligible for, or unable to access government financial support.

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Free access to ShopAppy 

Keep your local customers happy via the virtual high-street

We're piloting a new initiative that gives local businesses free access to the popular e-commerce platform to help them continue trading despite ongoing restrictions. It is currently available across 5 Dorset towns: Bridport, Bournemouth, Gillingham, Sherborne and Wimborne.

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Dorset Business Directory

Sign up to our #StillOpen campaign

Dorset Gateway's Business Directory is a tool to help us help businesses of every shape and size stay informed on the latest developments and support available. You can also join in with campaigns - such as #StillOpen - where we help showcase some the county's businesses who are continuing to trade, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Contact us

Dorset Gateway offers a wide range of support to Dorset businesses, you can get in touch in the following ways: