Dorset Growth Hub
WSX Enterprise, working in partnership with several other Dorset based support organisations (see below), has secured a contract to provide a 3 year business support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
(The former core services of the original Dorset Growth Hub (funded by the DLEP through BEIS) will now be delivered by DLEP itself as the Dorset Gateway, providing a telephone advice service and initial diagnostic – which, along with local information, is supplemented with links to content on external sites such as www.gov.uk )
Dorset Growth Hub will provide support through dedicated strands of activity including:
- pre-start and start-up support
- supporting growth
- improving digital capabilities
- accessing finance
The programme is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners.
The main consortium partners are as follows:
- WSX Enterprise Ltd (Lead partner) (please visit the website here )
- The Arts Development Company (please visit the website here )
- Dormen (please visit the website here )
- Silicon South (please visit the website here)
- YTKO (incl. Outset & GetSet for Growth) (please visit the websites here: Outset and GeSet for Growth)
The Partnership includes the following Local Authorities: North Dorset, Christchurch and East Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, West Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council (Accountable Body), Purbeck District Council, Borough of Poole, and Dorset County Council.
The beneficiaries of the project are SMEs in the Dorset LEP geographical area from eligible ERDF sectors. The delivery plan has been developed in close consultation with all partners, links to and supports the Dorset LEP ESIF strategy and also addresses the issues identified by the Dorset business community as part of the Dorset LEP ESIF consultation process.
For more information call us 03454 586 480 and join the discussion on twitter @dorsetgrowthhub #TalkToTony (Our Inbound Account Manager)
See the DGH infographic setting out our history of business support between April 2014 – April 2016 – please click the link:-dgh-infographic-2016
The Dorset Growth Hub also awards grants and vouchers when funding permits, to eligible businesses demonstrating growth potential. Whilst we have a large range on this website we cannot hold all of this information on our site. However, we have added a wealth of links to other sources of help and advice. If you have any suggestions of local information which would be useful to add to the site, please let us know using the Contact Us form. You can also use this form if you would like to be kept up to date with local business information in the future.
We are keen to advertise local training, workshops or services which can assist with starting or growing a business on our Events pages. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact us.
NB. The Accountable bodies for the core Growth Hub and the additional funding are Dorset County Council and Bournemouth Borough Council respectively.
WSX Enterprise’s position on Brexit
In light of the EU referendum outcome, WSX Enterprise would like to offer reassurance regarding both current and future delivery plans for the provision of business support. Whilst we are unable to predict the exact implications of Brexit, we will look to these as opportunities instead of challenges. Any current European projects/delivery and contracts currently under negotiation are protected as ring-fenced allocated funding, and will continue to be delivered until their original proposed end date. The ERDF programmes will also continue through the application process as part of the 2014-2020 schedule. With regards to the future, WSX management will continue to engage with the relevant Politicians and stakeholders, as well as clarifying what this outcome means for the businesses we work with across the South of England.