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FREE Business Start-up Course in Poole: Business Essentials – Dorset Growth Hub

27th November 2019 @ 9:15 am - 28th November 2019 @ 4:00 pm GMT


Thinking of starting a business?

Then register for a FREE place on our extremely popular 2 Day Business Essentials Course.

Can I  attend?

  • I have Dorset postcode and I am thinking of starting a business with a genuine idea, but have not yet started trading and have not registered my business yet.


  • I have registered my business in Dorset within the last 12 months and I can prove this with my company number and registration date or the letter from HMRC confirming my sole trader status and start date. 

There is one place available for each proposed business.

If you do not meet either of the above criteria and register for a place, you will be contacted by a member of the Enterprise Team to discuss your suitability for the course.

Why should I attend?

When you’re starting in business it’s important that you get the essentials right. This comprehensive, fully funded, two-day workshop will provide information and guidance to help deal with the key issues that are going to be fundamental to setting up and succeeding in business. They are delivered by experienced trainers – real business people who will give you the opportunity to ask questions and invite discussion. The workshops are provided for people planning on starting a business.

These are the practicalities that will bring your idea to life. We’ll show you how to draft a business plan, think about premises or working from home, and comply with legislation. You will learn how to run your business in a legal and ethical way and, most importantly, understand the key reasons why businesses fail and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.

What will I learn?

What is and why complete a business plan? What should a business plan contain? Who is it for?

Legal status. Sole trader, limited company, partnership etc. Which is right for you?

Reasons for failure and importantly, how to avoid the pitfalls.

Business names. Choosing the right name for your business.

Income Tax and National Insurance. Registering with HMRC. Understanding tax responsibilities. (This section focuses on sole traders not limited companies).

VAT. Should you or do you need to register? Advantages and disadvantages.

Health & Safety. Your responsibilities. Where to find out more.

Employment and consumer law. An introduction to the legislation that may affect your business.

Insurances. What are the risks? What insurance cover should you consider and what is required by law?

Marketing. How to research and plan. Profiling your customers. Know your competition. Promotion and pricing.

Financial forecasts. We’ll explain the importance of cash flow and profit and loss forecasts.

Financial management. Maintaining records, banking, business expenses and invoicing.

Accessing finance. Finance options for your business.

Please note this course is extremely popular and usually has a long waitlist. 

Please make sure that you are able to attend the event before you apply to attend. If your place is confirmed and you are not able to attend we reserve the right to exclude you from further bookings where places are in short supply.

For any further information or special requirements for course attendance, please contact Dorset Growth Hub:

Tel – 03454 586 480 E-mail –

This workshop is completely free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s delivered by Dorset Growth Hub and WSX Enterprise. It is only open to Dorset, UK registered SME’s and aspiring entrepreneurs within home addresses in Dorset.

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

Please also note that some sectors are not eligible for support on this programme due to Central Government Legislation. These sectors include: *Fishery & Aquaculture, *Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, *Coal, Steel and shipbuilding sectors,*Synthetic Fibres, *Generalised School Age Education, *Banking and Insurance Companies. (*please follow the link for full eligibility guidelines:

Some retail activities are also subject to ineligibility. Due to any ineligibility, we can only accept those who are eligible for our range of courses and workshops. If you require more information or are unsure if you are eligible for the support we offer, you can call us on 03454 586480 and a member of the Dorset Growth hub team will be happy to help.


27th November 2019 @ 9:15 am GMT
28th November 2019 @ 4:00 pm GMT


The Factory
14 Alder Hills
Poole, Dorset BH12 4AS United Kingdom