Start-up support

National support

HM Government 

Business and self-employed section of website  -

Dedicated section to business start-up -

Valuable advice to avoid problems when starting up and further down the line -

Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business -

New Enterprise Allowance scheme, a government run scheme to give extra help to unemployed people who want to start their own business -

British Library - Business and IP Centre

Support for small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors -

The Princes Trust

Provides support people aged 18-30 starting a business -

Business in the Community

The Prince's Responsible Business Network -

Rural Development Programme England

The Rural Development Programme for England provides money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life -

Social Enterprise UK

The national body for social enterprises -

Start up Britain

National campaign for entrepreneurs -

Local support

Driving Rural Enterprise 

Dorset Growth Hub programme, providing a comprehensive package of support for developing the skills and capability of potential entrepreneurs and newly started businesses to move forward with direction and structure -

Dorset Statistics

Information about Dorset as a marketplace -

Wessex Enterprise

Information on starting a new business-

Outset in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Start Up Edge

Provides small businesses with improved online presence and online lead generation. -

Dorset WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) Network

Business support network for women in rural enterprise -

Start Your Own Business

Free Local Information, Resources and Contacts -

Start & Grow Your Business In Poole

Book published by Start Your Own Business (SYOB) and Borough of Poole -

Dormen - Dorset Mentoring Programme

Provides one-to-one mentoring support for new businesses throughout Dorset -


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