Business Support

Support Services

We have highlighted the below support services who are able to give you advice on your business needs on marketing, mentoring, social media and links to Europe and beyond.

If you wish to discuss your business requirements further, contact the Dorset Gateway and we can point you in the right direction.

The mission of the Dorset Growth Hub is to support businesses that want to grow, increase employment, improve the competitiveness of Dorset businesses and encourage inward investment to the county. Their specialists provide guidance and information on all aspects of business, including taking your first steps in the commercial world, how to find the right finance, and making best use of today’s digital marketing tools.

Silicon South is an ambitious, not for profit organisations dedicated to accelerating the Digital Economy in Dorset.

As an organisation SiSo delivers projects, manages investment, nurtures new talent, and encourages cross-industry collaboration to make Dorset the best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive. As a place Silicon South is a bustling economy of passionate and motivated digital and creative organisations who punch well above their weight on a global scale. A hot bed for start-ups, scale-ups and multinationals to set up, thrive and expand.

A combination of workshops on specific essential topics, such as social media; sales; finance; marketing. As well as 1-2-1 support with your advisor to tackle your individual needs and challenges to develop a successful business along with how best to finance it.

SWMAS designs and delivers programmes of support that enable ambitious manufacturing and engineering businesses to increase their productivity, improve operational efficiency, develop skills and reach their growth potential.

EEN is a fully funded international business support programme; operating in 65 countries & is a key part of Innovate UK’s delivery. Tailored support is delivered  to help clients grow internationally, access new markets & develop innovation strategies.

Dorset Chamber International Trade Team can support with importing and exporting queries.

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme provides one-to-one mentoring support, skills workshops, and a mutually supportive community for small businesses across Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole. Founded in 2005 they are one of the most established mentoring programmes in the UK, at any one time working with around about 160 clients, a number that is increasing all the time. Our clients range from sole traders to medium sized companies across all sectors.

Dorset Business Mentors has an exceptional team of over 100 male and female volunteer mentors who are very experienced business people in their own right, whether owning or having built their own successful business or coming from senior management positions. The programme includes 1:1 mentoring on a renewable annual basis providing high quality, professional and confidential support through any stage of the business journey, including developing exit strategies and planning for retirement and hand-over.

If you are a start up or an established business looking to expand or relocate, Property Pilot has the ability to search for available commercial properties in Dorset.

Work with their members’ businesses to support them and to help them get their food and drink businesses seen, known and experienced by consumers here in Dorset and beyond.