Starting in Business

Helping you set up or grow your new business

Nurturing new businesses across Dorset

The new business specialists in our Enterprise team work hard to ensure every new initiative has the best possible chance of success. The programme of support includes:


"An amazing two day course. Leaving feeling like I have focus and direction. Thank you so very much." Nicki  


What to expect from our Business Essentials workshops

Over 150 individuals have benefited from the two-day course delivered by our Enterprise team. Held at locations across Dorset, they’re a vital ingredient to building confidence:

  • The workshops cover a wide range of essential business information, delivered in a friendly, informal style. The emphasis is on helping those new to business to understand the basics and provides a framework for the future planning of a business.
  • Participants are encouraged to ask questions and take part in discussions. This helps to reinforce learning and allows them to benefit from the experiences of others.
  • Our Enterprise team brings years of business experience to the workshops and draws on the knowledge of other experts where appropriate.


Useful links:


Download a free copy of the Start Up and Grow your Business in Poole book published by Start Your Own Business (SYOB) and the Borough of Poole.


"Absolutely incredible course, thank you! Wish I'd done this 12 months ago when I started the business!" Lisa, Thrive with Lisa