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What business support do we offer?

Our team of Business Growth Consultants can help your business grow in a variety of ways.  

 

Depending on eligibility, you will be assigned your personal Business Growth Consultant. They will contact you to discuss your business needs and tailor a support package to suit you. They could recommend attending some of our events, setting up a meeting in person or helping you put together an application for finance through our grant scheme.

You can also visit our digital portal, funded by Dorset County Council, offering online business tutorials and more:

https://digital.wsxenterprise.co.uk/subscription-dorset/

Events

Our workshops are completely free!
 

They are delivered by DGH and WSX Enterprise. They are only open to Dorset, UK-registered SMEs, and aspiring entrepreneurs with home addresses in Dorset.

Only one place is allowed per business. Please contact DGH if you wish to reserve a space for another organisation or person.

Please also note that some sectors are not eligible for support.

Our grants

***UPDATE 28TH JUNE 2024***

If you are contacting us for a Business grant code for the Dorset Council Business Grants Round 2, enquiries for a diagnostic and code will close at 3pm on Friday 28th June 2024.

If you have a code from us, the application is made via the Dorset Council site and must be made by 30th June 2024, please do not leave it until the last moment as the system may crash and you will not be able to apply in time.

The link to the application form is here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/w/local-business-grants

The checklist of the documents needed for submission is here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/documents/35024/281084/Checklist+for+applicants.pdf/af75f81f-02bd-50b5-eb28-836f1096fc24

Applications do not have to be completed in one visit, there is an option to save and return. However, please note all questions must be answered and all supporting documents submitted, as any incomplete applications will not be accepted.

We expect that applicants will hear the outcome of their application by the end of July 2024.

Kind regards,
The Dorset Growth Hub

***UPDATE ENDS***

DGH has the following grant on offer to Dorset businesses with ambitions to grow.

Shared Prosperity Fund in Dorset

Grants for Local Businesses within the Dorset Council area will open on Monday 29th April with grant awards available from £2,000 to £20,000 per business.

If you are a business within the Dorset Council area, you can apply for a grant towards:

o digital technology and innovation

o research and development

o business growth and exports

Such as:

o purchase of new equipment; software development and implementation; adaptations; automation and robotics

o support with Intellectual Property (IP); patents; trademarks; designs; copyrights; or other options for protecting IP; capital funding for new machinery for new products; and development of new services or products

o grants to facilitate growth, promote innovation and increase productivity

o grants to facilitate and support businesses that are either wish to start exporting or are already doing so

Businesses must provide 100% match funding in cash and are required to undertake a business support meeting with our lead business partner, WSX Enterprise, before completing the Grant Application Form.

How to apply

Please ensure you read the grant scheme document and checklist for applicants before applying.

  1. Contact Dorset Growth Hub - email info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk

  2. Dorset Growth Hub Business Consultant will do a diagnostic.

  3. A panel will review and inform you of the decision.

  4. If successful, you will receive a unique code and be directed to complete a Grant application.

  5. There will be no further review, the panel's decision is final.

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