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You might be interested in the following business information

Business Support and Advice - Borough of Poole

The Borough of Poole’s Business Support and Advice website has information on starting and growing a business in Poole, locating to Poole, business related local authority services, useful websites (including local support groups), the Economic Development Team and Fairtrade Poole.

Dorset Growth Hub

Dorset Growth Hub provides local business information to help new, start up and existing businesses. It provides information to help with starting and growing businesses, finances, employment and skills information, contact details for local suppliers, support schemes and services, news from around the region, as well as a list of the training, seminars, and networking events available locally. This local information is supplemented with links to content on external sites such as

Outset Bournemouth

Outset Bournemouth offers hands-on, vocational support and guidance. Their programme helps people living in Bournemouth and Poole start their own business. They offer a range of options including information sessions, one-to-one support, business start-up workshops and help with accessing finance.

Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce

The Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce is committed to providing local businesses with practical and relevant support. The Chamber provides a platform for businesses to engage, providing the opportunity for local businesses to network, and give local businesses a strong voice in our community.

Poole Enterprise Library

The Poole Enterprise Library webpage lists free events and resources available for new business and start-ups across Dorset.

The Samee Project

The Samee Project provides business support to new businesses in Poole and Bournemouth.

WSX Enterprise

WSX offers practical business support programmes across the South of England from Kent to Cornwall, with a concentration around Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. They provide practical support, advice and training to people setting up or developing businesses large and small.

Information last updated 28 March 2017

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.