Borough of Poole wins accolade for supporting small businesses

Borough of Poole has again been recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) as one of the south’s best places in which to run a small business. 

The council was presented with an award for the Best All Round Small Business Friendly Project, in the ninth annual Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards 2017. 

The award was presented to the council for its support to local micro and small businesses and creating an environment in which they not only survived but thrived.

This support included: 

  • sponsoring and delivering a 'Small Business Saturday' campaign encouraging people to shop locally
  • funding and delivering a supply chain event to help local small engineering businesses to meet and engage with buyers from large companies
  • funding business start-up courses
  • working with WSX Enterprise and the ESIF Steering Group to oversee the planning and delivery of the £13.4million ESIF funding for SME support in Dorset
  • hosting Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster’s Manager and Intern who have worked with their network of 300 businesses to support the sector in Dorset
  • part-funding the new cyber alliance website which provides a safer environment for Dorset’s businesses online
  • part-funding Dorset Mentoring (Dormen) which provides business mentoring to small businesses in Poole and Dorset
  • referring businesses to other organisations for further business advice and mentoring
  • working on a week-long business event in support of European Maritime Day


Last year the council was presented with an award for the Most Innovative Small Business Friendly Project for its support in the creation of the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "Local micro and small businesses are an important part of our community and play an essential role in our economy. This award acknowledges the significant work undertaken by our Economic Development team to support entrepreneurs and SMEs in not only realising their dream to set-up a business, but to see their business go from strength to strength." 

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Economy, Borough of Poole, added: “Small businesses are critical to the vibrancy and overall health of Poole’s economy. The council has supported such businesses for many years and I’m glad this has been recognised through this award. We look forward to continuing working with our entrepreneurs and making the most of the opportunities available." 

Neil Eames, Development Manager for Wessex, said: “We are delighted to yet again acknowledge Borough of Poole  for their commitment to providing support for their local small business community. The council has shown a clear commitment to providing a range of initiatives that help small businesses realise their full potential and we are delighted to acknowledge their commitment. 

“Our awards aim to publically recognise the important work undertaken by local authorities, in supporting the micro and small business community. It is very encouraging to see such great efforts from local councils and we hope that the awards provide a platform for councils to share their successes in promoting and championing local economic development.” 

Businesses in Poole that would like to find out more about the support and advice available can contact

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