Business grants and financial support
The Dorset Growth Hubemploy a finance specialist. Call 03454 586480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
The GOV.UK business and finance support finder is a search tool for start-up and existing businesses to help find publicly-backed finance or support schemes.
Grant for rural businesses
LEADER is a community led initiative, delivered by Local Action Groups (LAG) that works with the Rural Development Programme to allocate funding to rural business and communities - creating jobs, helping businesses grow and bringing benefits to the rural economy.
Funding can be used to support projects in rural areas which:
- create jobs
- help businesses grow, and
- support the wider rural economy
LEADER can fund capital projects that:
- increase farm productivity
- support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- support rural tourism
- provide rural services
- support cultural and heritage activity
- increase forestry productivity
There are 2 LEADER Local Action Groups in Dorset. For more information and to apply visit:
Grants for North Dorset businesses
North Dorset Economic Growth Fund
The North Dorset Economic Growth Fund is a small grants scheme for start-up businesses to support economic growth through commercial activity.
View the appraisal criteria before you apply to the North Dorset Economic Growth Fund.
North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund
The North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund can make grants of £1,500 towards the costs of taking on an apprentice. Download the application form.
South West Investment Group (SWIG)
South West Investment Group (SWIG) is a not-for-profit organisation and member of the Community Development Finance Association supporting small and medium sized businesses across the south west. Apply for a business loan to start up or grow your business.
Business tax and National Insurance
Visit HM Revenue and Customs website on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company.