What business support do we offer?
Our team of Business Growth Consultants can help your business grow in a variety of ways.
Upon creating an account, logging in and dependent on eligibility, you will be assigned your personal Business Growth Consultant. They will be in contact with you to discuss your business needs in more detail and tailor a support package to suit you. They could recommend attending some of our events, set up a meeting in person or help you put together an application for finance through our grant scheme.
Our service is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide 12 hours of support to eligible Dorset Businesses.
Our workshops are completely free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 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 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.
Small Growth Grants
DGH has launched Small Growth Grants for Dorset businesses with ambitions to grow.
Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have traded successfully for at least 12 months and now have plans for a project that will facilitate business growth. The Small Growth Grants scheme is inviting applications for projects of a value from £4,000 upwards and successful grant applications are provided 25% of eligible project costs.
The minimum grant amount is £1,000 and the maximum is £5,000. For example, to receive a grant of £5,000 the total project cost will be at least £20,000. Eligible project costs include capital equipment, new premises works and fitting, new digital capability adoption, and outsourcing of expertise.
This is a competitive application process and the guidelines and application are provided below.
The Small Growth Grant is currently open with completed applications to be submitted by Friday 3rd December 2021, and with any resulting grant claims to be claimed within 6 months of the grant being agreed.
Download the application form and guidance below, and if you have any queries please call our grant administration team on 0345 458 6480.