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You might be interested in the following business information

Dorset Business Mentoring

Dormen offer a business mentoring service consisting of representatives from local councils and volunteer mentors. There is an administration charge to sign up for a year. Enquiries are free.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Local business news, membership information and free newsletter. The chamber offers business information, practical advice and assistance, courses and events for members.

Dorset Council: Business and work.

Business information including licensing, business rates, health and safety at work and superfast broadband. You can also apply for licences and permits, pay your business rates and view Dorset Council contracts available to tender.

Dorset Growth Hub

Information and advice on starting a business, growing and financing a business, skills and employment. The Hub is a “one stop shop “– with a web portal, online advice and business navigators to help Dorset businesses identify and access relevant support.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership:

Set up to boost business, create new and more highly-skilled jobs and to ensure the county’s infrastructure is in a strong position to promote growth. Includes links to Invest in Dorset for those seeking investment or expansion opportunities.

WSX Enterprise

Offers business support programmes across the South of England from Kent to Cornwall, with a concentration around Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Information last updated 03 April 2019

National information

Companies House

If you’re starting up you’ll find information about your need to register your business, how to check if a name is available, when to file accounts, and lots more. All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House. 

Federation of Small Business

The main organisation for small business in the UK, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and small business owners within the UK. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. 

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust operates an Enterprise Programme providing money and support to help young people start up in business. The site also features an “A-Z of Young Businesses”, and a Business Finder. Useful resources and links. 

Setting up a business

Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. An essential starting point. 

Shell LiveWire

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) in the UK. The site contains lots of useful tools and links, including how to write a business plan. Registration allows access to more resources. 

UK Intellectual Property Office 

Many entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses forget about their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office helps you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention, no matter how big or small, from trade marks to patents, designs to copyright.