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Starting a new business

Many people dream about starting a new business in Dorset. However, the numerous things to consider when starting a business can deter potential entrepreneurs. Dorset councils and their partners offer an abundance of support to enable you to make your dreams into a reality.

Business Link and GOV.UK

Business Link previously had a physical presence in Dorset that provided face to face information, advice and support to local companies.  However following national restructuring the Business Link service is only available through a call centre (0300 456 3565).  

A new  GOV.UK website (opens in a new window) has been created to find government services and information.  GOV.UK replaces the previous Directgov and Business Link websites so includes valuable information on starting a new business, which it breaks down into the following categories:

  • Research your market
  • Develop and plan
  • Find partners and suppliers
  • Set up your business
  • Get funding

Other Support

Support is also available through the local authorities, including the Property Pilot commercial property database (opens in a new window) which maintains a database of most of the commercial properties in Dorset and offers a free service for new and existing businesses to find suitable commercial property.  There is also a wide range of information available online and support may also be available through family and friends. 

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