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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

Self-Employment Workshops

Tuesdays 20 March, 10 April and 1 May - 10am to 12pm (registration at 9.30am)

If you are thinking about going self-employed, or want to explore an idea, why not come and meet Sam and Wayne at one of these FREE workshops to talk about what you want to do and learn more about what self-employment means. Using a very simple business model, they will give you tips and hints about starting a self-employed role, and help you explore your idea as well.

For more information email sam@samee.co.uk or wayne.ingram@ansbury.co.uk

Video for Business

Monday 12 March - 10am to 12pm

Today, video is a “must-have” for business, with increasing viewer numbers on websites and social media. Come to our seminar by local production company Hallmark Broadcast and learn tips, including how to produce and distribute your videos, from the experts. Hallmark Broadcast has been supplying television broadcasters, large corporations, the Public Sector and small businesses for 30 years, and their videos have been watched over a million times on social media. More information and book your free place.

Other ways we can help

Poole Business Support and Advice

The Business Support and Advice page has information on:

 Business Related Local Authority Services

Start and Grow Your Business in Poole

Start and Grow Your Business in Poole is a 178 page book packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully in Poole. Starting a business may be easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work. You can find reference copies of Start and Grow Your Business in Poole in all Poole Libraries and you can download the whole book free of charge from this website

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.

Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole

The need to train new staff and upskill current staff can be daunting which is why Skills & Learning is always here to help. Their intensive English, maths & ICT courses can upskill any of your employees’ basic skills. Their Train & Grow courses are also designed to equip your team with the skills needed to work effectively in any role. In addition to they have an exciting new opportunity for employers with staff in a first line management role to upskill their staff with a Team Leading Apprenticeship. 

For more information please visit their website or call 01202 262300.  

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. 

British Library BIPC National Start-up Day 2017

The British Library BIPC is running a day of free workshops, talks and events to give SMEs and entrepreneurs the know-how to turn a great idea into a business. Hear from experienced entrepreneurs and learn how to stand out from the online crowd, raise finance for your business and much more. You’ll have the chance to meet like-minded people and talk to seasoned business experts and entrepreneurs.

For more information about events at the British Library BIPC click here.

Can’t make it to London? Start-up Day 2017 is happening in Business & IP Centres across the country. Events at Exeter Library are listed here.

Other useful websites

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