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£19.5 million cash boost for Dorset to help create local jobs and growth
The allocations for Growth Deal 3 funding for the South West were announced on 23rd February. We are delighted that Dorset received the additional funding of £19.5m bringing the Dorset Growth Deal to a total of £98.5m.
Gordon Page, Chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “We submitted an ambitious business plan to accelerate economic growth across Dorset and are pleased to have been awarded £19.5 million to deliver a range of projects to fuel long-term growth across the county. This vote of confidence by the Government reflects our county’s economic potential and firmly places Dorset on the world map as an outstanding place to do business.”
The following projects benefitting from this investment will improve skills, create jobs, build homes and improve infrastructure:
  • Gillingham Access to Growth - transport infrastructure improvements to unlock housing and employment developments;
  • Holes Bay, enabling the release of a major housing site in Poole, delivering up to 1,350 new homes;
  • Transforming the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth into a major new business district through a package of infrastructure and urban realm improvements;
  • Work to increase international investment in, and business at, the ground-breaking Orthopaedic Research Institute at Bournemouth University;
  • Providing match funding for key capital enhancements to four Dorset tourist attractions, Literary and Scientific Institute- Bridport, Mary Anning Wing- Lyme Regis, Shire Hall- Dorchester, Swanage Pier- Swanage, boosting productivity by increasing visitor numbers, stay and spend;
  • Wallisdown Connectivity, a significant upgrade to the major Bournemouth-Poole commuter road which connects the two University Campuses to Poole, and suffers from congestion at peak times. Read more...
Supporting Dorset’s Economic Growth - Future Housing Provision
LEP’s study ‘Supporting Dorset’s Economic Growth – Future Housing Provision’ investigates housing provision, key issues and future options from a local perspective. The report outlines a number of recommendations to help accelerate housing delivery across Dorset such as greater public sector intervention, promoting the private rental sector and increasing the capacity of the construction industry.
Download Dorset LEP’s report
 ‘Support Dorset’s Economic Growth – Future Housing Provision’.
The provision of housing is an important enabler of local economic growth by helping to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Dorset’s economic growth relies on being able to provide housing across the full price range and of different size and type. Read more...
Industrial Strategy
On the 23rd January Government published the Industrial Strategy Green Paper: 'Building our Industrial Strategy'. The Government wants to build an industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy. Its aim is to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country.

The green paper sets out Government’s approach and some early actions they have committed to take. It is not intended to be the last word, but instead to start a consultation. They are seeking views on their approach to building a modern industrial strategy, which will deliver an economy that works for everyone.

Government want to hear from every part of the country, every sector of industry and businesses of every size – and from the people who work in them and use them; the consultation deadline is 19th April. Dorset LEP are coordinating a response from the county, if you would like to feed into this please email by 10th April at the latest.
DCCI - Quarterly Economic Survey
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) launched the Quarterly Economic Survey on its website on Monday 20th February, and is urging all businesses– members and non-members – to have their say. The influential study includes questions about local and national issues. Results are used to lobby Government at the highest level through the British Chambers of Commerce.
DCCI Chief Executive Ian Girling said: “Recent surveys have identified such issues as skills shortages, housing needs and recruitment problems at a local level. It has never been so important for businesses to have their say, especially with Brexit negotiations due to begin”.
Lorna Carver, Director of Dorset LEP, said: “Detailed information of this calibre is vital to help Dorset LEP drive economic growth, jobs and skills. I would encourage all businesses to take part so we can have as accurate and persuasive information as possible to press the county’s case for funding and support.”
Apprenticeship Levy

There are a number of events taking place across Dorset, to ensure that employers across the county know about apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers can attend the following FREE events:

  • 8th March 2017 from 08.00 to 09.00 'Everything you ever wanted to know about Apprenticeships but were afraid to ask!' at Superior Seals, Unit 8 Nimrod Way, Wimborne
  • 9th March 2017 from 17.00-19.00 'Employers - Everything You Need to Know About Apprenticeships' at The Oakdale Centre, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DL
  • 29th March 2017 at Weymouth College, Weymouth, details to follow. Read more...
Careers and Enterprise Company: Enterprise Adviser Network

Dorset's Enterprise Adviser Network is up and running to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area. The network is intended to inspire and motivate young people and support them to make informed choices about their future. 

Dorset LEP is looking for high calibre volunteers from senior positions in business to work directly with the senior leadership team in secondary schools and colleges to support more effective connection to the world of work and develop, shape or add value to the school or college’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy. They also work with other local businesses to equip young people with the skills they need. 

If you would like to become a volunteer please email Katherine May on

Poole Maritime Festival

An exciting week of events including the prestigious European Maritime Day aimed at local business is taking place in May. There will also be a spectacular line up of family focused maritime events and entertainment.

The Business Programme opens the Poole Maritime Festival on Monday, 15th May, running through to Wednesday, 17th May. A programme of activity has been set to maximise benefits to the business community. Regional organisations will be able to participate in various seminars, workshops, discussions, networking and business building opportunities with a view to access information on funding, import and export opportunities. This is a unique opportunity for people to get to know a coastal town and port that has a thriving, innovative and high tech business offer along with attractive investment streams. Read more...

Innovation South

“Innovation South”, a consortium of businesses, universities, and local enterprise partnerships in the South of England, is running a number of workshop events in March to help drive growth and digital innovation in key sectors in the South of England.

The Government has asked “Innovation South” to identify our region’s innovation strengths in Digital Enabling Technologies a
nd investigate their great potential for driving innovation and new growth in four key areas:

  • Advanced Engineering (e.g. automotive, aerospace, satellite engineering, defence) Register here.
  • Bioscience (e.g. medical technologies, digital human & animal health, health & wellbeing, plant & food production) Register here. 
  • Connected Digital Systems, Services & Products (e.g. gaming & “gamification”, creative digital media, augmented reality, Smart Cities) Register here.
  • Marine and Maritime (e.g. ocean and climate change monitoring, maritime data, maritime autonomous systems) Register here.

Our consortium partner Enterprise M3 is organising the events, please register your place for any of the events. 

Digital Enabling Technologies (e.g. 5G, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Photonics, Quantum,
Register here)

Announcing Grants from the RDPE Growth Programme for rural businesses in Dorset

Rural Dorset businesses could be eligible for a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant if they carry out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy. The minimum grant request is £35,000, the maximum depends on the type of grant.

Rural businesses are invited to come along to one of these FREE events to hear more about the grants and to speak to a member of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) grants team about project ideas. 

Book your place at:

14th March, Lyme Regis Golf Club, 17:00-20:00. Please Book here
15th March, George Albert Hotel, 9:00-12:00. Please book here.
16th March, Cranborne Garden Centre, 16:00-19:00. Please book here.

Find out more about the grants here.
The scheme is delivered by the RPA and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

New members of the Dorset LEP team
We are pleased to welcome two new members to the Dorset LEP team.
Tanja Aijo, Interim Head of Programmes
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