business support services

We have highlighted the below support services who are able to give you advice on your business needs on marketing, mentoring, social media and links to Europe and beyond.

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Dorset Growth Hub

The mission of the Dorset Growth Hub is to support businesses that want to grow, increase employment, improve the competitiveness of Dorset businesses and encourage inward investment to the county. Their specialists provide guidance and information on all aspects of business, including taking your first steps in the commercial world, how to find the right finance, and making best use of today’s digital marketing tools. 

Silicon South

Silicon South is an ambitious, not for profit organisations dedicated to accelerating the Digital Economy in Dorset.

As an organisation SiSo delivers projects, manages investment, nurtures new talent, and encourages cross-industry collaboration to make Dorset the best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive. As a place Silicon South is a bustling economy of passionate and motivated digital and creative organisations who punch well above their weight on a global scale. A hot bed for start-ups, scale-ups and multinationals to set up, thrive and expand.

Outset

Outset is a uniquely versatile programme that helps people start up and supports them through the first two years. A combination of workshops on specific essential topics, such as social media; sales; finance; marketing. As well as 1-2-1 support with your advisor to tackle your individual needs and challenges to develop a successful business along with how best to finance it.

SWMAS

SWMAS designs and delivers programmes of support that enable ambitious businesses to increase their productivity, improve operational efficiency, develop skills and reach their growth potential.

Enterprise Europe Network

EEN is a fully funded international business support programme funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK. It operates in 65 countries through 600 organisations and 17 sector groups and is a key part of Innovate UK’s delivery. Through a team of sector specialists, innovation and international advisers they deliver value-added, tailored support to help clients grow internationally, access new markets, develop innovation strategies, find international partners and access finance and European funding. They can work with anyone - SMEs to Corporates, Universities to Local Authorities. See their full list of services.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry - International Trade

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry International Trade Team can support with exporting queries and documentation for export.

Dormen

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support, skills workshops, and a mutually supportive community for small businesses across Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole. Founded in 2005 they are one of the most established mentoring programmes in the UK, at any one time working with around about 160 clients, a number that is increasing all the time. Our clients range from sole traders to medium sized companies across all sectors.

Dormen has an exceptional team of over 100 male and female volunteer mentors who are very experienced business people in their own right, whether owning or having built their own successful business or coming from senior management positions. The programme includes 1:1 mentoring on a renewable annual basis providing high quality, professional and confidential support through any stage of the business journey, including developing exit strategies and planning for retirement and hand-over.

Commercial Property Database

If you are a start up or an established business looking to expand or relocate, Property Pilot has the ability to search for available commercial properties in Dorset.

Dorset Food and Drink

Dorset Food and Drink work with their members’ businesses to support them and to help them get their food and drink businesses seen, known and experienced by consumers here in Dorset and beyond.

Konfer

Konfer is an online innovation brokerage tool designed to help businesses access funding opportunities and the wealth of research, researchers and services in UK universities and research organisations. It is free to use, and once registered, users can post collaboration requests which are shared directly with all UK universities. Developed, operated and managed by the National Centre of Universities and Business (NCUB) in partnership with Research England and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Konfer is open to all UK businesses, charities, research and technology organisations, universities, academics and individuals.