About Dorset Growth Hub
Dorset's premier business support agency
Providing local support for your Dorset business since 2014
The mission of the Dorset Growth Hub is to support businesses that want to grow, increase employment, improve the competitiveness of Dorset businesses and encourage inward investment to the county.
We are funded from a variety of sources including local and national government, and the EU.
We work with a huge variety of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), from tiny one-person start-ups to firms employing up to 250 people.
Our specialists provide guidance and information on all aspects of business, including taking your first steps in the commercial world, how to find the right finance, and making best use of today's digital marketing tools.
The Dorset Growth Hub team operate across the county, delivering workshops and training sessions in a variety of venues, visiting business premises for one-to-one meetings, and facilitating ongoing mentoring programmes.
The Dorset Growth Hub is operated by WSX Enterprise. For the last 20 years WSX Enterprise has provided practical, expert and trustworthy support that empowers entrepreneurs and businesses to create sustainable success, in ways that benefit and enrich the wider economy and community.
The Dorset Growth Hub provides
- Free events and workshops for businesses, at venues across Dorset
- Access to grants, loans and other business finance solutions
- Support to the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC)
- information and advice on inward investment in Dorset.
Dorset Business Growth Partnership
WSX Enterprise, in partnership with several other Dorset-based support organisations (see below), has secured a contract to provide a three-year business support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (beginning 2017).
Through this partnership, Dorset Growth Hub 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)
- The Arts Development Company
- Dormen (business mentoring)
- Silicon South
- YTKO, via Outset & GetSet 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 or join the discussion on Twitter @dorsetgrowthhub #TalkToTony (our Inbound Account Manager).