Start Your Own Business in Poole

Starting a business in Poole
Starting a business in Poole

If you are thinking about starting a business in Poole or would like to grow your exisiting business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Poole contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. 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 and our free downlodable 'Start & Grow Your Business' guide . We have been helping start-ups and exisiting business owners for the past 18 years and in Poole since 2005.

Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful business information which we are happy to share with you free of charge.

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We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, we suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by having a look at the following pages:

If you offer services that could help local business owners, we would be happy to point them in your direction! Add your details (FREE!) here.

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
Free start-up pack
One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.


Start & Grow Your Business In Poole

Start & Grow Your Business In Poole

This free 178 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow 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 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 & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Poole

Start & Grow Your Business In Poole
  1. Overview - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Advice - where to find help and support
  3. Business planning - are you ready?
  4. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  5. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  6. Premises - work from home or premises?
  7. Finance & funding - your funding options
  8. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  9. Business networking - tips and local groups
  10. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  11. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  12. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  13. Common mistakes - and how to avoid them
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

You can download the whole of this 178 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.

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Start-Up Services

We are keen to see you succeed and can recommend the following...

Business Plan
If you have already prepared a business plan, but feel it needs a professional 'eye' to look over it before presenting it to a bank or investor, or you’re worried that it simply isn’t up to scratch, then we can help.
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A professional business mentor is an invaluable resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so stick with one and they will help you to grow from a start-up to an established business.
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Peter Gow
Discover how you can earn a lifelong income by helping people get an all together better deal on their Gas, Electricity, Landline, Broadband and Mobile services. People like you have changed their lives!
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Start-Up Loan
We have partnered with Transmit Start-Ups to deliver the Start Up Loans scheme to UK entrepreneurs. This is a government backed scheme, providing repayable loans and mentoring to individuals in the UK with a viable business idea but no access to finance.
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Exhibition items
Print My Tablecloth and Harberson Ltd supply a wide range of printed tablecloths, exhibition display stands, pop up displays, pull up roller banners, and a range of embroidered tablecloths and personalised promotional items. If you are new to exhibitions and trade shows, we can help you to find the right solution to help grow your business in the direction you want it to grow.
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Poole Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

South Coast Design is Dorsets 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, dont hesitate to email us at or fill out the contact form on this website. Good luck with your new business, From the South Coast Design Team.
WHY A MEDIA HUB FOR POOLE? Community media hubs can help build and highlight local businesses. This is good for the towns commerce and growth. We can also reach people struck by isolation, loneliness and poverty. A healthy local economy can help support the community. HELPING UNITE LOCAL PEOPLE At the we aim to speak to neighbourhoods where living standards are high, low, or where rural, social or economic barriers prevent people accessing vital information and education. We can promote the value of men and women, and investigate wrongs or serious abuses. A POSTING PLATFORM FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS We can introduce people to new ideas and help strengthen bonds within local communities. Media can move mountains. We help communities use it to change lives - and unite our town. EXPANDING POOLES SOCIAL MEDIA OUTREACH Bookmark our website and connect with us via social media at www.twitter.compoolepost and www.facebook.compoolepost to see how our local media hub is touching the lives of local people.
Borough of Poole can help you start or grow your business by making business regulations easier to access and understand. Initial advice is always free of charge and could save you money in the long run. Detailed advice, visits or consultancy may incur a charge but we can advise you on how this would apply. If for any reason we are unable to provide you with the advice you require we can point you in the direction of others who will assist you.
If you are looking for a team of reliable, approachable, and proactive accountants in Dorset who will do more than just respond to your needs but work alongside you to help you succeed you have come to the right place. Our mission is to enable you to realise your goals by giving you the tools to set, measure and achieve your vision. All the tools you need to be a success are here at Hixsons - new ways of thinking about your business, so you work on it, not in it, all the time. If you only do the simple things right every time, everyone will think you are brilliant. We can show you how to do it easily. In today’s challenging business environment you need to be competitive and fast moving. This site provides you with a wide range of essential advice and information covering all aspects of business that you are welcome to use as your ‘one stop shop’ . These online services are free and updated regularly. We also take that approach when we work with you, giving you the support in all the areas that you need. Every business owner needs a team of professionals who provide continuous support and advice. That's what we're here to do. Through years of commitment to our business clients here at Hixsons in Bournemouth we have developed a wide range of skills and services designed to improve your performance and profitability. This is what a client says about us: "Prior to Hixsons, our company employed 2 accountancy firms from inception 20 years ago. Hixsons took on our company accountancy in 2010 and since this time have been proactive in their approach and made recommendations to available grants otherwise unknown to us. Changes to our personal structure have allowed us to make savings with realistic objectives possible. Hixsons are reliable, trustworthy and forward thinking. Our only regret is that we didn't find them sooner!"
Envizage Ltd Wimborne, Dorset are independent payroll providers, Payroll Outsourcing and Moneysoft Payroll Manager 100 specialists. We help small to medium sized businesses (up to 75 employees) as well as indirect businesses through Accountants who do not directly provide a payroll service, achieve their payroll duties. We deliver affordable outsourcing solutions across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset - in fact we don't just stop there, our services currently provide cover to businesses and Accountants across the South Coast and throughout the UK. With expertise in all areas of the payroll function, whether you are looking to fully Outsource your Payroll; require CIS Outsourcing; assistance with Auto Enrolment Workplace Pensions; need some Payroll Training; or just require payroll advice, support or guidance; Envizage Ltd provides a level of service to match. Our company ethos is to make your business feel as big and important as the larger organisations, and feedback highlights the need for decision makers to feel they can openly discuss direct. To this extent we employ an 'open door' approach like that found with an in-house department. In taking the time to guarantee that every client is given the same level of attention through working closely with Company Directors and Business Owners alike, this approach helps all parties to understand the needs of the business; assist with payroll delivery to employees; and providing seamless integration with existing accounting functions. Envizage Ltd know that payroll is of key importance to a business with employees often the backbone, and it is why we view them as more than just a number on your records! Services: - Payroll Outsourcing – Weekly, Fortnightly, Four-Weekly, Monthly and multi combinations thereof - CIS Outsourcing – Verifications, certificates, CIS300 submission, CIS offsetting and CITB Levy – processing of sub-contractors on Weekly, Fortnightly, Four-Weekly, Monthly and multi combinations thereof - P11D Year End calculations and submissions - Auto Enrolment Workplace Pension and Compliance filing - Payroll Training – Small group and one-to-one using Moneysoft Payroll Manager Opening Hours: Monday 8:30am–4pm Tuesday 8:30am–4pm Wednesday 8:30am–4pm Thursday 8:30am–4pm Friday 8:30am–4pm Contacts: 07770 236385 01202 611621 119 Hillside Rd, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3SD
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 ) 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.
The Dorset Superhero Web Design Agency As a social enterprise Dorset web design agency, we’re here to be the change we want to see in the world, not to make big dividends. We go further than any other agency to ensure you get more for your money. Our rates are the lowest around, our team some of the most experienced and yet our profits go back into the community to help others. Based in Gillingham, we have web design and app development customers all across Dorset and neighbouring counties. We’re proud to run the Dorset Science & Tech Centre, offering our unique Dorset Web Design drop-in clinics. We are the superhero web design agency in Dorset and we are here to save you!
The Dorset Business Mentoring programme (Dormen) recognises that running your own business has its challenges whether you are a sole trader or employ up to 200 people. Established in 2005 Dormen is one of the UK’s most established mentoring programmes, providing business owners and entrepreneurs across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth with one-to-one mentoring support, skills workshops, and a mutually supportive community. Our team of over 100 mentors have supported over 1400 businesses to date. We serve about 160 clients at any one time on a renewable annual basis, providing high quality, professional and confidential support through any stage of your business journey. If you are just about to set up your business, you are best to reach out for a mentor once you have established trading for about six months. Working with a mentor then enables you to review your aims and strategy, to discuss how things are going and any issues arising. Your mentor will act as an objective sounding board for your ideas and help you develop the skills you and your business need to achieve your measure of success. Mentoring is universally relevant to all types of business and helps reduce risk while increasing successful outcomes. As you start your business you may want to bear in mind a compelling statement borne of research by the Federation of Small Businesses: 70% of mentored businesses are twice as likely to survive their first five years as un-mentored businesses, and all businesses are more likely to thrive and grow. In addition independent research by the Winchester Business School, focussing on the impact of the Dormen programme, clearly demonstrated the benefits to businesses and their owners – particularly in terms of helping them to focus on priorities, review business strategy and pursue their plans with greater confidence. More than half the businesses surveyed improved their sales by 21.57% over the year. What does it cost? Dormen is a not-for-profit programme, funded by local authority partners. In consequence our service is accessible to all business owners as we only charge a nominal administration fee of £200 for a full year of mentoring. We also provide regular skills courses exclusively for clients free of charge. So reaching out for a Dormen mentor represents the opportunity for astounding return on investment, as well as sleep filled nights. We welcome all enquiries by phone, and also encourage you to look at our website which includes FAQ’s and a variety of case studies. If you would like to apply for a mentor please fill out the form in this link:
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.
Our new in business course. Designed to help you succeed! When youre starting in business its 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.
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.
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
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.
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. ) 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
Advice and guidance to assist you in setting up your business in Dorset.
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 or call 03434 586480.
Poole officially achieved Fairtrade Town status at the end of July 2016. This prestigious award is in recognition of our commitment to promoting Fairtrade products and principles. Poole’s Fairtrade steering group meets regularly and you can find out more by e-mail:
All premises concerned in the manufacture, preparation, storage, distribution or retailing of food, including market stalls, delivery and mobile vehicles, are required, by law, to register with us and to notify us of changes. Any new businesses must register at least 28 days before it opens. The obligation to register rests with the owner of the business. It is an offence for an existing food business not to be registered and failure to do so may result in prosecution.
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
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.
Simple, effective, strategic business advice, that will rapidly transform your business, and accelerate your profits. If you’re a new entrepreneur, small business or startup that wants to stand out from the crowd, we can teach you the critical and less well-known success factors that guarantee to massively shift your progress.
It is our vision that the voices of your businesses are heard in our local community and we have a platform to deliver your views and thoughts to the Borough of Poole. The Chamber provides a means by which this can be achieved and as membership numbers grow, the Chamber will become even more effective and influential.
Poole Enterprise Library is located in Poole Central Library. It includes a public meeting and information area and a seminar room off the main library, equipped with an interactive projector. The meeting and information area offers: Access to business books, magazines and periodicals; Space for you to work andor hold meetings; Free access to Wi-Fi and public computers for library members. The seminar room is available for use by entrepreneurs, small businesses and business support groups. If you would like to find out more about these facilities please contact Nell O’Hora at Poole Enterprise Library also offers access to FREE online resources to support businesses. COBRA can be accessed from home or from the work place with your library card and MintUK is available through public computers in any Poole Library.
Poole Town Centre has much to offer all year round and not only does Poole boast fantastic dining and drinking facilities, a shopping experience not to be missed, it also offers family fun for all to enjoy. Poole Town Centre is rich in history, character and as a destination offers an experience you’ll never forget. Tel: 01202 262641 E-mail:
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.
We have many non-qualification courses for people looking to do something fun or relaxation. Skills and Learning, Oakdale Centre, Wimborne Road, Oakdale, Poole BH15 3DL Email: Telephone: 01202 262300
Organisers Name:-Sam Everard & Nell O’Hora. Venue:- Poole Enterprise Library Every Monday 12:00 - 16:00
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.