start-up support 

We have highlighted the below support services to help with your business start-up.

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. 

Learn with Start-up Loans

Start Up Loans has partnered with The Open University to create Learn with Start Up Loans, a range of courses designed to help entrepreneurs succeed in business. These courses provide a rich source of vital information for anyone who’s new to being their own boss, as well as would-be business owners who are considering taking the plunge. Covering digital skills to bookkeeping and accounting, the courses are designed to help business owners understand more about the key aspects of running a business – from the day-to-day to growing a venture.


Rebel Business School

Their mission is to make starting a business achievable for anyone and everyone, no matter what your starting point or background.  

Information on setting up your business.

British Business Bank

If you’re thinking of setting up a small business, it’s essential that you know exactly what’s involved. The seven-step guide covers everything you need to consider when launching a start up and running your own business. Launching a new business can be daunting, but nearly half a million new businesses start up in the UK each year, with many operating successfully and profitably. Setting up your new business involves lots of tasks, so it helps to have a working plan of everything you need to do before you start.

Prince’s Trust

Support for starting a business – the Prince’s Trust has helped over 90,000 young people to start their own business – and you could be next. They work with 18 to 30-year-olds living in the UK to turn big ideas into a reality.

Start Your Own Business

FREE resources to help you start and grow a successful business

Enterprise Nation

Get the right support to start and grow your business.

Whether you’re launching a new business or developing an existing one, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.




Launch your design dreams with the support of Solid Solutions.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Works for Start-ups Programme provides new companies the following benefits:

  • FREE* 12-month access to 3DEXPERIENCE including SOLIDWORKS for CAD, simulation, visualization, and other software products
  • Co-marketing opportunities such as speaking at SOLIDWORKS events and promotion in SOLIDWORKS campaigns and social communities
  • Technical support from the UK’s #1 SOLIDWORKS partner
  • Access to videos and articles with tips and tricks on taking your product to the next level
  • Premium level software
  • Start-up friendly onboarding
  • World class resources
  • Industry leading solutions

01926 333 777

Arts University Bournemouth Innovation Studio

The AUB Innovation Studio Residency Programme is to help you develop your ideas into a business or a creative career.  Designed to support both pre-start-ups and small businesses seeking support, the Residency Programme delivered by Arts University Bournemouth will help you design your product or service, trial and prove ideas and concepts with potential users, build and test prototypes, create a robust business plan and build a network setting you up for success.

Please see the link below for more information: