Start Your Own Business in Dorset

If you are starting a business in Dorset, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Dorset contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.

Dorset Locations Covered

Alderholt  |  Beaminster  |  Blandford Forum  |  Bournemouth  |  Bournemouth Tc  |  Bridport  |  Broadstone  |  Christchurch  |  Christchurch Bc  |  Colehill  |  Corfe Mullen  |  Dorchester  |  Dorset  |  East Dorset Dc  |  Ferndown  |  Gillingham-Dorset  |  Lyme Regis  |  North Dorset  |  North Dorset  |  Poole  |  Poole Bc  |  Portland  |  Purbeck Bc  |  Shaftesbury  |  Sherborne  |  Sturminster Newton  |  Swanage  |  Verwood  |  Wareham  |  West Dorset  |  West Moors  |  Weymouth  |  Weymouth & Portland Bc  |  Wimborne  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Start Your Own Business Book - 2018

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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Contents:
The key important dates, legal and HMRC requirements; a simple to follow step-by-step guide; relevant fact-sheets; business plan, cash flow forecast, personal survival budget and marketing plan templates; our own very popular start-up map; contents of our Start Your Own Business CD-Rom; and a Powerpoint presentation to accompany the business plan.

StartUp Latest

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

Celebrate Your Journey to Success

The Leap Of Faith: From Startup Founder To CEO

How to Use Pay-Per-Click to Help Grow Your Startup

Dorset Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Dorset area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

Dormen - Dorset Business Mentoring

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support for small businesses across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. We are working with about 170 clients at the moment and, since it started in 2005, the programme has supported over 1300 businesses, ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies. We currently have a team of around 100 male and female mentors who are all volunteers. Whilst mentoring does not work for everyone or every business, feedback from our past clients shows that the majority were very satisfied with the experience of working with their mentors and found it beneficial both to their businesses and personally – particularly in terms of helping them to focus on priorities, reviewing business strategy and pursuing their plans with greater confidence. Indeed, research shows that mentored businesses survive considerably longer, and are more likely to grow, than un-mentored businesses. Mentoring is a relationship between two parties, where one (the mentor) gives the other (the client) guidance and support to achieve agreed objectives. Mentors cannot work miracles but they can use their business experience to help clients review their operations and future plans, and act as a sounding board. They can also provide encouragement and support to help clients achieve those plans. However, they do not provide business advice or consultancy. Dormen Business Mentors are experienced business and professional people who give their time and expertise voluntarily. They are trained in business mentoring and kept up to date with recent developments in business knowledge and skills through our continuing programme of development. If you are a small developing business, a Dormen mentor may be able to provide you with help from a business person who has been there and done it! A business can be referred to the scheme by a recognised business support body, such as Business Link or a bank, or you can request a mentor yourself. The programme has been developed through a partnership of local authorities, public sector agencies, private sector agencies, private sector institutions and Higher/Further Education establishments.

Dorset Growth Hub

WSX Enterprise has worked in partnership to secure a 3 year business support programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The core services of the existing Dorset Growth Hub (funded by the DLEP through BEIS) will be at the heart of this delivery, providing the web platform, telephone advice service and initial diagnostic (this local information is supplemented with links to content on external sites such as www.gov.uk ) Additional support on offer will be provided through dedicated strands of activity including: - pre-start and start-up support - supporting growth - improving digital capabilities - accessing finance - mentoring The programme is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners. The main consortium partners are WSX Enterprise Ltd, The Arts Development Company, Dormen, Silicon South, YTKO (incl. Outset & GetSet for Growth) The Partnership includes the following Local Authorities: North Dorset, Christchurch and East Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, West Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, and Dorset County Council.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

GetStarted UK

Small business startup packages tailored to you and your business. Save time, money and hassle and focus on your core business. Here at GetStarted UK we understand that starting a new business can be an exciting but challenging time. We provide help and support to new startup businesses across the UK and, after an initial FREE consultation, we tailor a package of startup services specifically for you and your business. A typical £349 package includes: - Logo Design - Website - 5x page starter site - 500x Business Cards - Designed & Printed - 1000x Leaflets - Designed & Printed - Letterheads - Designed - Social Media Setup - Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn - Personalised Emails & Signatures - Business Directory Listings - Virtual Landline Setup - One month free - Limited Company Setup - Business Bank Setup - Accountancy Consultation & Setup - Business Funding Advice - Legal Consultation - Business Insurance Quote - Card Processing Advice & Setup

Ludaco Web Design

Ludaco Web Design specialises in all aspects of web design and front-end development for businesses in Poole, Bournemouth, Blandford, Christchurch, Dorchester, Swanage, Verwood, Wareham, West Moors, Weymouth, Wimborne and every other area of Dorset. We specialise in custom built, bespoke websites to create a truly unique, online experience for your customers and promote your brand as effectively as possible. Whatever your internet budget is, we implore you not to take the cheap and cheerful option. Don't foregt, your website represents you and your company online so make sure you create the best, first impression by making it look its very best. It's better to invest your budget with a professional website designer than risk having a nasty looking, cheap site that doesn't work properly. One of our clients told us his landscaping services were chosen on the basis of how good his website is because the customer thought he portrayed a very professional image by taking the trouble to make his website look so good. A good website really does make a difference! That's why we chose to become the recommended local partner for Start Your Own Business. We believe, without any doubt, we can make a genuine difference to every business by helping them achieve their online goals and making their websites do the job they are built for. Contact us via SYOB and receive a 20% discount on all services, either individual or combined, when the total cost is £400 or more. That's an instant, minimum saving of £80 to help you reduce your start up costs. Quote SYOB20 when calling* or email us on enquiries@ludaco.co.uk. *Due to the amount of spam/marketing/junk calls we receive, please text the mobile number first so we know you are a genuine enquiry and we will contact you straight away. Thank you.

Networking Mummies Dorset

Networking Mummies is a dynamic, local business community created to support and encourage entrepreneurs and self-employed people. Our understanding of the challenges involved in juggling family life with starting or building a business mean we are especially focused on offering accessible opportunities for mums (or dads!) who work for themselves to share skills and ideas and get recommendations and endorsements. Membership is free, as are many of our events. We welcome new members at any stage of their business.

South Coast Design

South Coast Design is Dorset's award-winning graphic design, web design and corporate branding company. Our team will work tirelessly to create an iconic brand for your company with our extremely popular and cost-effective branding packages, that contain everything your new business needs to swamp the competition. We can help with logo design, flyers, brochures, exhibition visuals, product packaging, stunning social media pages... and much more! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at info@southcoastdesign.co.uk or fill out the contact form on this website. Good luck with your new business, From the South Coast Design Team.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

WSX Enterprise

We work with small and medium sized businesses, social enterprises and other organisations across the south of England from our operational bases in Dorset and South Hampshire. Our team includes expertise in starting up & growing your business, ongoing business support, enterprise, business mentoring, skills, sustainability, innovation and design.

WSX Enterprise Ltd

Our new in business course. Designed to help you succeed! When you're starting in business it's important that you get the essentials right. These comprehensive, two day courses provide information and guidance to help deal with the key issues that are going to be fundamental to the performance and success of your business. They are delivered by experienced trainers - real business people who will give you the opportunity to ask questions and invite discussion. The courses are provided for people planning on starting a business or those who have recently started.

Your Executive Secretary Limited

Your Executive Secretary offers: - Virtual Personal Assistant Services - Business Administration - Administration Consultancy - Social Media Management - Social Media Training - Call Answering Service Our VA support is based around providing small businesses, Sole Traders and individuals with first class virtual PA, business administration, event planning and management and administration consultancy services. The aim is to provide a dedicated and bespoke service to clients, taking ownership of projects and facilitate their timely completion; the whole process is diligently managed. The core values underpinning Your Executive Secretary are: commitment, open and clear communication, honesty, loyalty and integrity. We recognise that every business is different and will require a different level or type of service at different times.

Connected Dorset
The Connected Dorset Group has been long established as a sub-group of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. The aim of the group in partnership is to promote an efficient and reliable transport infrastructure and high speed communications system - designed to help facilitate local economic growth by creating the right conditions for more highly skilled jobs and housing.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dorset Chamber of Commerce represents businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the County of Dorset and beyond delivering the very best services, business information and advice. We hold over 100 events and training courses every year and strive to give all its members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or sponsorship opportunities. Acorn Office Park, Ling Road, Tower Park, Dorset BH12 4NZ. E-mail:contact@dorsetbusiness.net 01202 714800

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Our aim is to focus entirely on our members, Delivering first class services to help businesses grow and prosper. Our aim is to lead business in Dorset.We offer Business Foundations and Training Tuesday workshops, aiming to develop skills in essential areas Address: Acorn Office Park,Ling Road,Tower Park,Dorset,BH12 4NZ 01202 714800

Dorset For You
Advice and guidance to assist you in setting up your business in Dorset.

Dorset Growth Hub
WSX Enterprise has worked in partnership to secure a 3 year business support programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The core services of the existing Dorset Growth Hub (funded by the DLEP through BEIS) will be at the heart of this delivery, providing the web platform, telephone advice service and initial diagnostic (this local information is supplemented with links to content on external sites such as www. gov.uk ) Additional support on offer will be provided through dedicated strands of activity including: pre-start and start-up support; supporting growth; improving digital capabilities; accessing finance, and mentoring. The Enterprise strand is a dedicated team to help pre-start and young businesses with a range of interventions including short workshops and more in depth courses as well as one-to-one support from an Enterprise Specialist. The programme is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners. To access support contact #talktotony on 03454 586480 or visit www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk 03454 586480

Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Dorset LEP is a business led private and public sector partnership that aims to promote local economic growth and prosperity. It operates to drive long term, strategic investment, which it enables through cross sector working and partnership. 01202 965868

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership
The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a business led private and public sector partnership that aims to promote local economic growth and prosperity. Acting as a strategic gateway to funding, Dorset LEP supports and delivers projects of long term economic benefit for all in Dorset. Business support activity is directed through the Dorset Growth Hub which offers access to a wide range of business advice and support services. For more information visit www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk or call 03434 586480. 03434 586480

FSB Wessex Region
As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Local branches for: Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch; Central South Hampshire; Isle Of Wight; New Forest; North Hampshire; Portsmouth and Rural Dorset Contact Neil Eames on 07920 846684 07920 846684

Institute of Directors
IoD South West covers one of the most active and vibrant regions in the UK, representing more than 2,000 members spread across six local branches – Bath & Wiltshire, Bristol, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The chair of the IoD Dorset branch, committee and IoD staff represent and support local members and leads inspirational and valuable business events in Dorset.

Invest in Dorset
Invest in Dorset is a team of economic development professionals across Dorset dedicated to helping companies and investors identify investment and expansion opportunities in and around Dorset. It helps provide businesses support tailored to their needs, whether it is by providing information, making introductions and helping them form a network or helping to find suitable premises. Whether you are thinking about starting a new business, expanding your operations, relocating, or seeking a UK base, Invest in Dorset can help you. Invest in Dorset will ensure you get the best advice on current financial assistance and all the support you need to be as successful as you want to be.

Samee Project
Where do I start … what shall I do first … who should I talk to … Is it just us, or do you feel that way too! There are so many things going on and you want to make sure that you make the right choices. We understand exactly what you are feeling. Sometimes it is hard to make a decision, or to decide what path to choose, so why not talk to us and let us help you. We have a huge network of people that we can call to ask that all important question, making sure you get the answers so you can make an informed choice for the future.

WSX
We ensure we understand your ambitions and plans for your business, at whatever stage you are at, working alongside you to ensure they are realised. We work with small/medium sized businesses, social enterprises and other organisations across the South of England from bases in Dorset and South Hampshire. Our team includes expertise in starting and growing your business, ongoing support, mentoring, skills, innovation and design. 01329 223242


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