Dorset Growth Hub

Businesses in the Dorset area that want to grow through investment, innovation and internationalisation can access Dorset Growth Hub, a business programme delivered by specialist advisors.

The Hub also awards grants and vouchers to new and existing businesses with the potential for growth, to increase employment, and to bring inward investment to Dorset.

Also acting as a great online resource, the Hub includes a website with online advice on finances, employment and skills; contact details for local suppliers, support schemes and services; business news from around the region; and a list of the training, seminars, and networking events available locally.

For more information contact Dorset Growth Hub on 03454 586 480 or

Dorset companies to benefit as £13.4 million support scheme launches - JUNE 2017

Essential business support worth up to £13.4 million is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Dorset under a comprehensive scheme launching this week.

The team from Dorset Growth Hub at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the launch of the Dorset Business Growth Programme.

The Dorset Business Growth Partnership is designed to help any county-based SME become more competitive in the market. Dedicated strands of activity will include pre-start and start-up support and improving companies’ digital capabilities, management and leadership skills and scope for internationalisation.  Access to finance will be delivered through grants and loans alongside advice, mentoring, training and events.


The three-year SME Competitiveness programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is led by WSX Enterprise and the Dorset Growth Hub with a range of support partners.




Programme & Partnership Manager Lucy Cooper said: “We’ve done a great deal of planning to put this highly integrated programme together, based on what companies and entrepreneurs in Dorset have said are the key barriers to growth for them . This is all about creating transformational change and benefits for SMEs in all parts of Dorset, as well as having a foundation on which to build sustainable business support for the future.”

Partners in the Dorset Business Growth Programme gather at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the launch. Standing front are Lucy Cooper of the Dorset Growth Hub, right, and Teresa Allwood of the mentoring organisation Dormen.

A key feature of the programme is tailored support for specific sectors such as manufacturing, the creative and digital industries, tourism and hospitality, and health and social care.

Well-established business support organisations are involved in delivery as programme partners. They include Dormen, The Arts Development CompanySilicon SouthYTKO and Bournemouth University.


The programme has the backing of local authorities across the county while the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is acting as a strategic partner. Bournemouth Borough Council is the accountable body for the programme.

Launch events for project partners in the east and west of the county have been held this week – at West Dorset District Council’s South Walks House in Dorchester and AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.

Following launch, the Dorset Growth Hub and partners will work together to highlight the programme to eligible SMEs.

For more details and information on eligibility, visit

Testimonial for the DGH Digital Support

I can only praise David at Dorset Growth Hub.

He offered help with various aspects of our business though, we were especially clueless on the digital / online side of things.

David clearly has great experience in this area. He has spent time running through the ins and outs of what we’ve done so far and our sticking points, and in doing so, highlighted another area that could be worked on, which in turn has helped clarify in our minds how exactly we should be portraying ourselves in our online profile.

David then helped us with our online content and has given us the direction we needed to break into the world of ‘online’ / social media.

David has been exceptionally proactive with us and has gone above and beyond what he said he can help us with. I would certainly recommend anyone needing a similar helping hand, to speak to David. 

Avencia Chartered Tax Advisers

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