Welcome to Dorset Innovation Park, Dorset's only economic development site with Enterprise Zone status. Dorset Innovation Park is developing as an advanced engineering cluster of excellence for the South West, building on its strengths in marine, defence, energy and cyber-security.

The Park offers office space, workshop facilities and fully serviced commercial employment land with Enterprise Zone status benefits such as business rate relief, simplified planning and full fibre accessibility.

The Park offers the space and support to expand, access to local finance and a growing occupier community.  It offers a secure facility and the presence of two world leaders in defence technology - Atlas Elektronik and QinetiQ.

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  • Enterprise Zone business rate relief - up to £275,000 p.a. over a five year period for pre-2022 occupation
  • Local Development Order providing simplified planning process (28 days)
  • Secure site with CPNI perimeter fencing, security gatehouse and 24/7 access
  • Fully serviced parcels of land ready for development
  • Flexible tenure/leases for workshop units and office space
  • Highly skilled local workforce
    • Access to two universities and several higher education institutions
    • Several civil and military centres of excellence within a one-hour radius
  • Collaboration across the South West region with like-minded fellow AEM occupiers, universities, centres of excellence and target sectors



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New commercial space created in m² since 1 April 2017


New jobs since 1 April 2017
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Dorset is home to a thriving and varied advanced engineering sector specialising in aerospace, defence, composite and marine technologies. Altogether, they employ around 17,300 people and contribute over £803 million to Dorset’s economy.

Dorset is a highly attractive region. Advanced engineering & manufacturing businesses locate to Dorset for many reasons including:

  • the presence of major prime contractors
  • a highly skilled workforce
  • a vibrant and dynamic supply chain supported by key trade associations
  • 50:50 split between military and civil work
  • excellent universities and colleges with specialisms in innovative target sector research and education
  • a superb quality of life – acting as a magnet for skilled people

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Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone is developing into an advanced engineering cluster of excellence for the South West, building on existing strengths in the marine, defence, energy and cyber security sectors.  It already lies at the intersection of the burgeoning South West aerospace, marine, defence and energy clusters, and priority sector companies locating to the Park may benefit from up to five years of business rate reductions, a simplified planning process and access to ultrafast broadband. The Park also welcomes advanced engineering and manufacturing (AEM) supply chain and support service companies.