Useful Links

Business Support
Business Finance
Creative Sector
Social Enterprises
Other Business Mentoring Organisations

Business Support

Great Business – comprehensive website with links to advice, support and guidance to help running your business

GOV.UK – information about starting up and running a business in the UK

GOV.UK – setting up

GOV.UK – starting up a business

GOV.UK – growing your business

Companies House – Choosing a business structure

Dorset Growth Hub – provides information to help new, start up and existing businesses

Business Events in Dorset – lists forthcoming events and enables you to book online

WSX Enterprise – supporting businesses in the South of England

New in Business – short, comprehensive training courses for new business start-ups

Employing People – a handbook for small businesses

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Bournemouth University Centre for Entrepreneurship – support and events for start-ups

Digital Dorset – free online training on digital promotion and mobile app development

Federation of Small Businesses – support organisation for small businesses

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Prince’s Trust – support for entrepreneurs aged 18-30

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – supports exporters, international trading etc

South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) – helps manufacturing businesses improve their productivity, operational efficiency, develop skills and maximise growth potential

Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC) – enables companies to collaborate, become more sustainable, and deliver to their full potential

Technology Strategy Board – the UK's innovation agency, helping businesses develop new products and services

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce

The Start Up Donut – easy to use tools, techniques and resources for business start-ups

Startups – information and resources for business start-ups

Legal guide to starting a business – useful start-up info

UK Business Forums – on-line help forums for owners and managers of small businesses

LinkedIn Group for Dormen Clients – enables Dormen clients to network & discuss business issues

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Business Finance

GOV.UK – Business finance and support finder (including grants & loans)

Dorset Business Growth Programme Grant Scheme – Grants up to £25k available

Dorset Growth Hub – Raising Finance guidance

Start-Up Loans – Government backed scheme to fund and mentor young entrepreneurs

South West Investment Group – SW business finance provider

Dorset Business Angels – locally-based Angel Investor network

GOV.UK – selling a business or closing down

HMRC – information and guidance on tax and NI for starting your own business

HMRC – help and support including training, workshops, videos etc.

HMRC – 'Working for Yourself' e-learning course

HMRC – Self-employed webinars

AltFi – news and information about the alternative finance sector including crowd funding

Crowdfunding – Review of 10 UK Crowdfunding platforms for businesses

Managing Cashflow Guides – on-line portal designed to help you get paid

Finding the best Cloud Accounting solution – website reviews

Business Debt-line – free national business helpline offering confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems

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Creative Sector

The Design Programme – design support for businesses

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Social Enterprises

Setting up a Social Enterprise – information about the different types of business structure

Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise

ClearlySo – the global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment

Plunkett Foundation – helps rural communities with community-ownership issues

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Buy with Confidence – Trading Standards Approved Traders

Dorset Property Pilot – find vacant business premises in Dorset

Dorset LEP – Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

Invest in Dorset

Dorset Business Awards – recognising the achievements of Dorset's most vibrant businesses

Dorset for You – access local authority information

Start your own Business – the paper for new entrepreneurs in Dorset

Polish Business Hub – for Polish business people in Dorset

Advice Guide – on-line help from Citizens Advice

Business and Economic Information and Data for Dorset

SFEDI standard for supporting clients by business mentoring

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Other Business Mentoring Organisations

National Business Mentoring Portal – links to mentoring organisations anywhere in the UK

Mentor-net – Hampshire & the Isle of Wight (08454 586454)

Business Mentors South West (01752 246353)

Jennings Business Mentors (based in Oxfordshire)

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