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Get businesses online

Help our communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole rediscover their local highstreets by embracing the power of online marketing for your business.

We have put together a range of useful resources that will help you:

  • learn new skills
  • access direct support including 1-to-1 guidance
  • apply for grant funding to contribute towards an ambitious new project.

Learn new skills

Google My Business

You can use Google My Business to:

  • set up and manage a business profile that appears on Google search pages
  • create a website. 

You can also take advantage of various learning and support resources for free.

Some useful resources include:

Facebook for business

Whether you’re looking to increase awareness, connect with customers or get more, Facebook for business have a number of free:

  • tools
  • courses 
  • resources to help you get the most out of their platform.

Some useful resources include:

Boost with Facebook Online

Boost with Facebook Online which provides support for small and medium sized businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boost with Facebook line, has a video with tailored advice for businesses based in the southwest. Useful parts of the video include:

  • Instagram Stories Training at 54:49
  • Facebook Live at 2:00:55.

Google Digital Garage

Google Digital Garage delivers free digital skills training to enable any business, regardless of their background, to learn the fundamentals of online marketing.

Some useful courses include:

Dorset Growth Hub

The Dorset Growth Hub (DGH) offers professional guidance to Dorset pre-starts, start-ups, micro-businesses and SME’s looking to grow.

DGH On-Demand is a brand-new learning site with hours of useful courses and webinars to help businesses enhance their online capabilities.

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses provides training courses such as:

Business support

Dorset Growth Hub

The Dorset Growth Hub will be offering online training workshops starting in February 2021. Eligible businesses can also book a free 1-to-1 with a digital specialist and get up to 12 hours of direct support. These will be avaiable on dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk/services

Free events including webinars are also available to Dorset based businesses and take place regularly. These cover a range of topics including support for getting your business online.

Dorset Business Mentoring

Get access to professional mentors to help your business achieve its online ambitions, by visiting the Dorset Business Mentors website.

Save The Highstreet

SaveTheHighStreet.org are providing free COVID-19 recovery and resilience health-checks for all UK based local business owners. Health-Checks include personalised reports, scores and recommendations as well as a consultancy call with an expert about your Health-Check. 

Grant funding

Dorset Growth Hub

Small Growth Grants are currently available to Dorset based businesses with ambitious projects to help them grow. Eligible projects include digital marketing such as consultancy, website development and design.

Grants from BCP Council

Depending on the nature of your business you may be entitled to grant funding from us

We are currently planning to have the Additional Restrictions Grant Stream available by the beginning of March 2021. This funding will include provisions for businesses that are looking to use online marketing to their advantage.

To stay up to date on funding including any eligibility criteria, you can sign up to our newsletters and select topics such as 'news' and 'business and Information'.

Other resources

The skills training and support resources listed on this page are just a handful of a number of useful guides and tutorials that are available for access on the Internet.

When searching for support through Google, Bing or YouTube, consider using the following keywords or a variation of such:

  • how to get my business online
  • how to build a website
  • free social media tutorials
  • what is search engine optimisation?
  • how to get more followers for my business on social media?
  • which social media platform is best for my business?

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole offer a hub of online expertise through local agencies and freelancers specialising in online marketing. Depending on your budget they can help you with a range of projects from building basic websites to launching creative digital marketing campaigns. Use the following search keywords to help find the right agency or freelancer for your business:

  • digital marketing agency in Bournemouth / Christchurch / Poole
  • online marketing agency in Bournemouth / Christchurch / Poole
  • website builder near me
  • social media specialist near me.

Contact us

We can help signpost to the information and support you need to get your business online. You can contact us by email at Covid19business@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Let us know some details about your business and any goals you have for improving online presence.

Please note that we do not offer business advice for getting online.

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