dorset's sectors

Dorset has a broad business base with world-class leaders and international brands coming from a diverse mix of industry sectors. It also has several burgeoning key business sectors and hubs.

Our key sectors include:

Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Dorset is home to a thriving and varied advanced engineering sector, which includes Aerospace, Defence, Composite and Marine technologies. Altogether, they employ around 15,400 people and contribute £800 million to Dorset’s economy. Some of the Dorset-based companies excelling in advanced engineering sectors include Cobham, Meggitt, BAE Systems, and Magellan Aerospace.

Agri-Tech and Aquaculture  

Dorset has a very long and proud tradition of farming, which has helped to shape Dorset’s beautiful landscape and it plays a key party in the economic activity of rural Dorset. Dorset also boasts a varied selection of locally produced food and drink, including meat, fish, dairy and wine.

Creative Digital

Dorset is one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe, and one of the best destinations for digital entrepreneurs. A highly skilled talent pool, a robust and efficient high speed infrastructure and an exceptional location makes Dorset a great place to do digital business. 

Financial Services

The financial services sector is the largest GVA earner for Dorset, employing almost 15,000 people. Some of the companies based here include Ageas, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and LV= Liverpool Victoria.


Across Dorset, businesses are leading in clean propulsion, security and design, manufacture and repair of yachts and boat building. World-class names such as Sunseeker International and the RNLI, and significant operations of companies like Aish Technologies, Wärtsilä, and Norco GRP.