LEP information

Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce

What is the Local Enterprise Partnership?

LEP’s strive towards driving sustainable economic growth in their local areas, by attempting to create the correct conditions to stimulate job growth in the private sector. LEP’s are locally led, with businesses and civic leaders working together to promote the priorities that are central to drive the local economy.

The Dorset LEP was launched on 8th May 2012 with the overall aim to deliver growth through business enterprise whilst safeguarding the environment.

Its fundamental objective is to improve the performance of existing businesses in Dorset, whilst also encouraging the creation and growth of new ones. It will support a strongly performing, productive and sustainable economy, characterised by boosting higher paid and better skilled jobs, and will do this in three key ways:

• Enhancing the skills of Dorset’s current and future workforce

• Improving digital and physical connectivity, particularly via high-speed broadband

• Creating the right conditions for enterprise, driving forward integrated spatial and infrastructure planning across the county, providing more affordable housing, and emphasising the need to be ‘open for business’, especially in more rural areas.

For more information on the Dorset LEP go to their website on http://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/

Poole Chamber of Trade & Commerce


Dorset Growth Hub

Dorset Growth Hub is a one-stop shop for businesses across Dorset looking for business support to help start and/or grow their business.
The Hub provides support and guidance to help with starting and growing your business, finances, employment and skills information, external support schemes and services, business news from around the region and nation, as well as a list of training, seminars and networking events available locally.
According to the needs of your project, the Dorset Growth Hub offers:

  • a One Stop Shop for all your business information and advice needs, with a web portal for information and signposting to other sources of information and support and an online advice service; speak directly to a business adviser during office hours.
  • ‘Business Navigators’ to mentor businesses on a one-to-one basis, offering advice and bringing in other specialists services as appropriate.
  • a business growth programme with specialist advisors to assist businesses in key sectors that are looking to grow through inception, investment, innovation and internationalisation. The Hub also awards grants and vouchers to businesses demonstrating growth potential.

Find out more on the Dorset Growth Hub website.
Email: info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk
Telephone: 08454 586 480


WSX Enterprise

WSX Enterprise is a Business Support organisation offering a wide range of support to businesses across the South West and South East of England. To find out more on what they have to offer please get in touch with them directly on the WSX Enterprise website.
Telephone: 08454 586480


WSX New In Business Courses

If you are looking to set up a new business, these workshops provide essential guidance to people who are starting out in business.
For a detailed schedule of events go to the WSX New In Business website.
Or speak to the organisers on: 01202 607534

Events