workshops and training

From online courses to workshops and accredited qualifications, Dorset Gateway can help you find training courses that meet your business needs.

There are various free courses and workshops that take place across the county covering topics such as social media, finance, marketing and networking.

For more information about possibilities to benefit your business, contact the Dorset Gateway and we can point you in the right direction.

Dorset Growth Hub

Offers 12 hours free support and training to most Dorset businesses in various forms, including workshops, training courses and one to one appointments.

‘Business Essentials’ two-day workshop help for those new in business or thinking of starting a business These are held on a regular basis, usually twice a month. Each workshop provides support to around a dozen individuals and covers a wide range of essential business information, delivered in a friendly, informal style. The emphasis is on helping those new to business to understand the basics and provides a framework for the future planning of a business.

They run a series of free training courses and workshops across Dorset, covering a wide range of subjects for businesses.

Free courses available from Dorset Growth Hub currently include: Using Instagram in your Business; Social Media Marketing – Beginner Level; Social Media Marketing – Intermediate Level; Facebook Advertising; Search Engine Optimisation (SEO); Grants and Finance.

International Trade - Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Visit the latest Training and Events page under the International Trade tab for up to date information on training such as: “How to complete your Export documents” and “Exporters Forum” – workshops providing expertise in “how to” export.

Outset/Get Set for Growth

Helped over 5000 people just like you to make their dreams come true, by giving them the confidence, knowledge and skills to create thriving businesses.

Support from Pre-Start to Early Trading

Outset runs a fully funded programme of workshops, online resources and advisor support to help you explore whether your idea can grow into a great business and develop your plans.

Early trading support

If you are a business that has been trading for under two years, Outset can offer a range of support to ensure your business has strong marketing and financial foundations. Knowing how best to increase your customer base and that you have enough working capital is particularly important for sustainable growth.

Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Dorset. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Skills and Learning

Committed to offering a range of effective staff training solutions to develop the skills of your workforce including Apprenticeships and business training.


Learndirect know a skilled, experienced workforce can dramatically improve bottom line performance. As one of the largest integrated providers of courses and qualifications, training, and employment services in the UK, they deliver the products, services and dedicated support your company needs to successfully recruit, train and nurture the best staff.

Events and Workshops

There are various free short courses and workshops that take place across the county with topics such as social media, finance, marketing and networking. Contact the Dorset Gateway to find out more about these opportunities and how they can help your business.