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Poole Enterprise Library

Poole Enterprise Library is located in Poole Central Library. It includes a public meeting and information area within the main library and a seminar room off the main library, equipped with an interactive projector.

The meeting and information area offers:

  • Access to business books, magazines and periodicals

  • Space for you to work and/or hold meetings

  • Free access to Wi-Fi and public computers for library members

The seminar room is available for use by entrepreneurs, small businesses and business support groups. If you would like to find out more about these facilities please contact Nell O'Hora at n.ohora@poole.gov.uk

Online Resources

Poole Enterprise Library also offers access to FREE online resources to support businesses. COBRA can be accessed from home or from the work place with your library card and MintUK is available through public computers in any Poole Library.

COBRA - Complete Online Business Reference Adviser

COBRA is an online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports. 

MintUK (only accessible in a Poole Library)

MintUK is a comprehensive database of company information in the UK and is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing. We have a one concurrent user licence, so please log out as soon as you have finished. To find out how MintUK can help you watch this short video

Upcoming Events in the Enterprise Library 

Monthly Jelly 

Monday 10 July - 12pm to 4pm

A ‘Jelly’ is an informal co-working event where freelancers, home workers and small/micro business owners bring their laptop or other work and work, chat and collaborate with other small business owners. Get together, share knowledge and experience with local small business owners over a cup of tea or coffee at our monthly Jelly. Sessions are supported by The Samee Project and will also feature a speaker each month. .

This is a drop-in session so no need to book!

Monthly Money Clinics

Every 2nd Monday of the month - 12pm to 2pm

Every second Monday of the month Iain Murray from True Potential will be at our Monthly Jelly to answer your money related questions.

No need to book - just drop in!

Advertising on a Shoestring

Monday 14 August - 10am to 12pm

We all know how important it is to raise the profile of our business, but we don't always have the budget for the big glossy adverts that we would like. In this workshop Sam Everard from the Samee Project will talk you through some proven ideas on how to market and advertise your business for minimum cost using tools you already have.

To book your free place click here, call 01202 262449 or ask at any library.

6 Steps to a Better Business

Monday 11 September - 10am to 1pm

If you are like most business owners and want more customers, more revenue and more profits, then this event is for you. Join Simon Rigby from actionCOACH business coaching on this power packed seminar where you'll learn how other business owners are growing their profits.Please note: this seminar is aimed at established businesses but if you are still interested you are more than welcome to come along.

To book your free places click here, call 01202 262449 or ask at any library.

Xero Surgery

Thursday 12 October - 11am to 1pm

Come along to a free Xero Surgery provided by Wessex Commercial Solutions to get a hands-on look at how Xero helps small business grow. Whether you're thinking about cloud accounting, or have just moved, come and talk to people who are actually using Xero!

To book your free place click here, call 01202 262 449 or ask at any library

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Other ways we can help

Poole Business Support and Advice

The Business Support and Advice page on the council website has information on:

 Business Related Local Authority Services

Decisions? Decisions! In Dorset, Careers Guide 

Decisions? Decisions! is a free careers guide which covers the whole of Dorset. The guide has been designed to support young people in Dorset and to help you make well informed career choices. It is based on an informed understanding of the qualifications and skills required be businesses and sectors both locally and nationally. 

Please download the guide or view our page turning version online.

Dorset Growth Hub

The Dorset Growth Hub provides:

  • Free, fully funded impartial business support to SMEs across Dorset
  • Help to new, start up and existing businesses to enable them to develop and grow
  • Information, guidance, online, telephone and face to face support
  • Access to appropriate specialist support provision and services 
  • Events and relevant news from around the region.

For more information visit their website.

British Library Business and IP Centre

The British Library Business and IP Centre aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries.

In addition to the services within the Centre, there are also a number of online resources and information to help you start or develop your business. Below is a range of free guides, both industry-specific and general, listing the best publications, databases, information sources and more to help you get started.

Other Useful Websites

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