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Small businesses and self-employment

Supporting small enterprises 

We are dedicated to the growth of small businesses and enterprises in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Outset in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area

Outset, the business start-up experts, offer support from set up to early trading. Supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the UK Government, this programme’s speciality is supporting you during your first two years of business.

This programme is free and involves workshops, video calls and resources to help develop your enterprise from pre-start to early trading.

Dorset Business Mentors

 The Dorset Business Mentors is a programme assembled of industry leaders, helping businesses and enterprises through developing their strength and resilience from their first stages into medium-scale trading.

This programme features a wide range of workshops and training programmes, part funded by local authorities across the Dorset area.

This is particularly useful for new businesses, with clear goals and strategising to help mentor you through any teething troubles and prioritise key areas for your business’s growth.

Federation of Small Businesses 

Federation of Small Businesses is a not-for-profit group that helps drive the growth of smaller enterprises, self-employment and start-ups on a national level, with a unique access to government and industry leader partners.

With over 45 years of experience in the private sector, the Federation of Small Businesses is a non-party political organisation to help inspire meaningful change in the favour of small enterprise.

This includes legal advice, HR support, local networking and advice regarding taxes.