Useful Links

Sections:
Business Support
Business Finance
Creative Sector
Social Enterprises
Miscellaneous
Other Business Mentoring Organisations

Business Support

Great Business – comprehensive website with links to advice, support and guidance to help running your business
www.greatbusiness.gov.uk

GOV.UK – information about starting up and running a business in the UK
www.gov.uk/browse/business

GOV.UK – setting up
www.gov.uk/browse/business/setting-up

GOV.UK – starting up a business
www.gov.uk/starting-up-a-business

GOV.UK – growing your business
www.gov.uk/growing-your-business

Companies House – Choosing a business structure
www.companieshouse.blog.gov.uk/2015/11/16/my-tips-on-incorporating-a-company-at-companies-house/

Dorset Growth Hub – provides information to help new, start up and existing businesses
www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk

WSX Enterprise – supporting businesses in the South of England
www.wsxenterprise.co.uk

Business Events in Dorset – lists forthcoming events and enables you to book online
www.businesseventsindorset.co.uk

New in Business – short, comprehensive training courses for new business start-ups
www.wsxenterprise.co.uk/new-in-business

Employing People – a handbook for small businesses
www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=924

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
www.dorsetlep.co.uk

Bournemouth University Centre for Entrepreneurship – support and events for start-ups
http://bucfe.com

Digital Dorset – free online training on digital promotion and mobile app development
www.digitaldorset.org

Federation of Small Businesses – support organisation for small businesses
www.fsb.org.uk

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
www.dcci.co.uk

The Prince’s Trust – support for entrepreneurs aged 18-30
www.princes-trust.org.uk

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – supports exporters, international trading etc
www.ukti.gov.uk

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

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

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

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce
www.bournemouthchamber.org.uk

Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce
www.poolechamber.org.uk

The Start Up Donut – easy to use tools, techniques and resources for business start-ups
www.startupdonut.co.uk

Startups – information and resources for business start-ups
www.startups.co.uk

Legal guide to starting a business – useful start-up info
www.wrighthassall.co.uk/knowledge/legal-guides/2016/02/22/go-guide-starting-business/

UK Business Forums – on-line help forums for owners and managers of small businesses
www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk

LinkedIn Group for Dormen Clients – enables Dormen clients to network & discuss business issues
www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3306001

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Business Finance

GOV.UK – Business finance and support finder (including grants & loans)
www.gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder

Dorset Business Growth Programme Grant Scheme – Grants up to £25k available
www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk/financing-business/support-schemes/grants/dorset-business-growth-programme-grant-scheme/

Dorset Growth Hub – Raising Finance guidance
www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk/financing-business/raising-finance

Start-Up Loans – Government backed scheme to fund and mentor young entrepreneurs
www.startuploans.co.uk

South West Investment Group – SW business finance provider
www.southwestinvestmentgroup.co.uk

Dorset Business Angels – locally-based Angel Investor network
www.dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk

GOV.UK – selling a business or closing down
www.gov.uk/browse/business/selling-closing

HMRC – information and guidance on tax and NI for starting your own business
www.hmrc.gov.uk/startingup/index.htm

HMRC – help and support including training, workshops, videos etc.
www.hmrc.gov.uk/startingup/help-support.htm

HMRC – 'Working for Yourself' e-learning course
www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob2/syob2/index.htm

HMRC – Self-employed webinars
www.hmrc.gov.uk/webinars/self-employed.htm

AltFi – news and information about the alternative finance sector including crowd funding
www.altfi.com

Crowdfunding – Review of 10 UK Crowdfunding platforms for businesses
www.crowdsourcingweek.com/blog/10-crowdfunding-platforms-uk/

Managing Cashflow Guides – on-line portal designed to help you get paid
www.creditmanagement.org.uk/berrguides.htm

Finding the best Cloud Accounting solution – website reviews
www.accountsandlegal.co.uk/accounting-advice/whats-the-best-cloud-accounting-software-for-small-businesses
www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2505128/Find-best-accounting-software-freelancers-small-businesses.html

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

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Creative Sector

Creative Dorset – support for creative businesses in Dorset
www.creativedorset.co.uk

The Design Programme – design support for businesses
www.thedesignprogramme.co.uk

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Social Enterprises

Setting up a Social Enterprise – information about the different types of business structure
www.gov.uk/set-up-a-social-enterprise

Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise
www.socialenterprise.org.uk

ClearlySo – the global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment
www.clearlyso.com

Plunkett Foundation – helps rural communities with community-ownership issues
www.plunkett.co.uk

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Miscellaneous

Buy with Confidence – Trading Standards Approved Traders
www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Dorset Property Pilot – find vacant business premises in Dorset
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/propertypilot
www.investindorset.co.uk

Dorset Business Awards – recognising the achievements of Dorset's most vibrant businesses
www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk

Dorset for You – access local authority information
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk

Start your own Business – the paper for new entrepreneurs in Dorset
www.syob.net/uk/business/Dorset

Polish Business Hub – for Polish business people in Dorset
www.polishbusinesshub.co.uk

Advice Guide – on-line help from Citizens Advice
www.adviceguide.org.uk

Business and Economic Information and Data for Dorset
www.apps.geowessex.com/stats/Topics/Topic/Economy

SFEDI standard for supporting clients by business mentoring
www.sfedi.co.uk/standards/business-support-standard/index_html/e-support-clients-by-business-mentoring

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Other Business Mentoring Organisations

National Business Mentoring Portal – links to mentoring organisations anywhere in the UK
www.mentorsme.co.uk

Mentor-net – Hampshire & the Isle of Wight (08454 586454)
www.mentor-net.co.uk

Business Mentors South West (01752 246353)
www.businessmentorssouthwest.co.uk

Oxford Business Mentors (01865 893305)
www.oxfordbusinessmentors.org

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