Small Business & Self-Employment

Supporting small enterprises 

The BCP Council is dedicated to the growth of small businesses and enterprises in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Dorset Business Mentors

The Dorset Business Mentors is a programme assembled of industry leaders, helping businesses and enterprises through developing their strength and resilience from their first stages into medium-scale trading.

This programme features a wide range of workshops and training programmes, part funded by local authorities across the Dorset area.

This is particularly useful for new businesses, with clear goals and strategising to help mentor you through any teething troubles and prioritise key areas for your business’s growth.

Federation of Small Businesses 

Federation of Small Businesses is a not-for-profit group that helps drive the growth of smaller enterprises, self-employment and start-ups on a national level, with a unique access to government and industry leader partners.

With over 45 years of experience in the private sector, the Federation of Small Businesses is a non-party political organisation to help inspire meaningful change in the favour of small enterprise.

This includes legal advice, HR support, local networking and advice regarding taxes.


Evolve is a coaching and development company based in Poole. It provides advice on starting, growing and exiting a business, as well an array of leadership and team development programmes, including the free Business Accelerator hosted monthly at the Digital Skills Hub.