Dorset Growth Hub

Dorset Growth Hub 

Growth Deal funding for 2015/16 up to £250,000, for 2016/17 up to £205,000 

Dorset Growth Hub co-ordinates the provision of local business information and expert advice to businesses – be it a pre-start, start-up or existing enterprise. The Growth Hub offers access to a wide range of business advice and support services including:

  • Business planning
  • Financial planning
  • Specialist finance support
  • Access to Finance
  • Legal information
  • Digital support
  • Finding premises
  • Marketing and sales guidance
  • Business workshops and clinics
  • Searchable calendar of local business training, seminars, and networking events
  • Contact details for support schemes and services
  • Business advisers to provide one to one initial support and create bespoke support solutions

The Growth hub facilitates with the networking and provision of contact details for local suppliers, support schemes and services, news from around the region, as well as a calendar of training, seminars, and networking events available locally.

The Growth Hub operates a 'One Stop Shop' service that comprises a web portal, online advice and business navigators/specialists to help your Dorset business identify and access relevant support.

The Dorset Growth Hub was launched in 2014 and since then has helped over 1,200 businesses across Dorset to develop, grow, and reach their full potential. A grant scheme delivered in the first year assisted 43 companies with projects to enable growth and in turn, create 206 new jobs.

One local business that has benefitted from the Dorset Growth Hub’s services is Southbourne based Conker Spirit, Dorset’s first independent gin distiller.  Entrepreneur and Conker Spirit founder Rupert Holloway contacted the Dorset Growth Hub seeking business support for his start-up venture. After meeting with a Growth Hub advisor, it was identified that Rupert’s business was scalable and that he would benefit from funding. The Investment Specialist at the Growth Hub helped him to apply for a grant of £10,000. This enabled his business to grow and Conker Spirit has now become a nationally recognised brand.

Rupert said, “With very little of my own money available, securing a grant from the Dorset Growth Hub was essential in getting Conker spirit off the ground. What’s more, the guys at the growth hub had a wealth of business knowledge and advice at my disposal! Invaluable.”

For more information:

Visit www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk or

Call 03454 586 480

Dorset Growth Hub Steering Group

The Dorset Growth Hub Steering Group has been established to provide governance for the delivery of this project.

LEP Board Representation: Alison Moore

LEP Officer Attendance: Lorna Carver (Chair)

Additional steering group member information available on request.

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