making an impact in Dorset

Dorset is a county with tremendous opportunities. As a business-led partnership, we are uniquely positioned to strengthen Dorset’s role as a leader, nationally and internationally, in tackling some of humanity’s greatest challenges. These challenges include addressing healthy ageing, ensuring a dependable food supply, recovery from COVID-19 and creating net zero infrastructure.

We are passionate about driving economic growth and productivity as well as attracting funding and investment. We are supporting businesses and developing skills, employment and career opportunities to improve people’s life chances in Dorset. We work with partners to champion Dorset’s capacity to push boundaries, accelerate business growth and develop new markets through developing place-based strategy for our region. 

Since launching in 2011, Dorset has generated £326 million of government, European and match funded investment to the region. Our capital investment programme alone has secured £274 million for Dorset - by 2025 we expect to have transformed this into £1.55 billion. 

We continue to be committed to identifying future investment opportunities, particularly in relation to net zero infrastructure and healthy ageing solutions, to help realise our future vision for Dorset.

Delivering for Dorset

Cecilia Bufton, Dorset LEP Chair, said: “We’re proud to share this video which provides some examples of how, over the past year Dorset has invested in its future, through innovations in defence, health, engineering, and enterprise. We’ve supported recovering and rapidly growing businesses; continued to analyse the rapidly changing local skills market and helped to inspire young people into new careers.”