Starting And Growing A Business In Bournemouth

We can give you the help you need to get going or expand

If you are looking to start a business, become self employed, or already have a business operating in Bournemouth, there's a range of services that can help you get started and expand. Here’s some information on funding, support and mentoring to get you off to a great start.

Free support with business finance

Outset Finance offers free financial support and free training programmes if you’re interested in starting a business or you want to become self-employed. This is funded by us, JP Morgan and The European Regional Development Fund.

Outset can work with you one-to-one to:

  • Develop a robust business plan
  • Gain funding
  • Find a local investor

Outset also offers workshops designed to give you a solid grounding in the day-to-day aspects of using finance wisely for your business.  

Dorset Growth Hub

We’ve worked with the Dorset Chamber of Trade and Commerce and WSX Enterprises to get funding for Dorset Growth Hub. This offers information for new businesses to get started, and existing businesses to grow.

There’s also information about finance, employment, contact details for local suppliers, support schemes, regional news, training, seminars and networking events.

Businesses can win grants and vouchers from The Hub for showing growth potential.


You may even be eligible for a grant, find out more on grants and funding for your business.

Business advice services in Bournemouth and beyond

Taking the first steps, thinking about starting or growing a business here? Discover the support available

Other funding opportunities

Search for grants or funding for your business

Energy efficiency tips for businesses

Bournemouth is fast becoming the place to maximise business growth opportunities through managing resources efficiently. Find out some easy ways to better manage the energy in your business, cut costs and save the planet at the same time!

Working with the Council

Bournemouth Borough Council, like many large public and private sector organisations, is keen to obtain the benefits of trading electronically with its suppliers.


You may need a licence for your business. It’s our responsibility to make sure that businesses are registered. You can apply for a licence online. If you’re not sure if you need a licence, get in touch and we can help you find the right one.

Trading Standards

The council ensures businesses trade safely and legally. Find out what your business requires to be compliant with the regulations.

Business Rates

Business Rates go towards the local services. If you run a business, you’ll have to pay business rates for your commercial property.