Back to Business

Businesses across Dorset have faced unprecedented challenges since March 2020. 

We're here to help you rebuild and improve

Back to Business evaluates business health and can provide access to funding to help you improve your business. It's funded through BCP Council as part of their Bounce Back Challenge

Working with skilled business coaches, you’ll complete a diagnostic activity, have the chance to attend tailored workshops and access improvement funding to tackle the areas of focus identified. 


Back to Business is open to all small and medium-sized businesses trading on or before 31st March 2020, with fewer than 250 employees and a registered or trading address in the BCP Council area. 



  • < 250 EMPLOYEES

  • TRADING ON OR BEFORE 31/03/2020




Start your  journey and get back to business: 

STEP 1 - Business Health Check

Your business will complete an online diagnostic called GROWTHmapper, developed by Oxford Innovation. It allows up to 8 senior leaders from within a business to consider the business across the following areas:  

  • Finance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • People & Skills
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • COVID-19 

A report will be generated which provides a basis for creating your future strategy.

STEP 2 - Tailored Improvement Workshops

Through the winter of 2021/22 we’ll be hosting a selection of workshops designed to help businesses improve their knowledge and move forward with their actions plans created through GROWTHmapper. 

  • Workshops will run across topics areas including: 
  • COVID-19 Financial Recovery
  • Technology Adoption
  • Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Human Resources - and more...

STEP 3 - Focussed Funding

Business improvements up to the value of £2000 will be available through a competitive application process. Applications will be judged against their ability to create new jobs and/or improve revenue/profitability. 

We'll work with you to fund access to professional expertise that supports your business in your critical area of focus.    


Register your interest for Back to Business


Back to Business creates an opportunity to work ‘on’, as opposed to ‘in’ your business at a time that suits you.

The benefits include: 

  • The opportunity to analyse your business using an industry-leading benchmarking tool.
  • The opportunity to network with other like-minded business leaders.
  • Improvements in productivity

Dorset Gateway is Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership's growth hub. We're funded by government to help businesses across the county to grow and propser.  Back To Business is funded by BCP Council,  if you're a Dorset business outside of BCP Council area there are many other ways we can help.  Find out more