Dorset LEP successfully secured £11.8 million from the government's £900 million Getting Building Fund, set up to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure across the country to aid recovery for the UK to 'build back, better'.

Nationally, the Getting Building Fund is now being targeted in areas facing the biggest economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is supporting the delivery of shovel-ready infrastructure projects to boost economic growth, and fuel local recovery and jobs.

Dorset LEP has invested in nine projects, all of which have a focus on supporting infrastructure and leading to the stimulation of jobs and economic recovery. Our projects look to develop an uplift in the current skills provision within Dorset and build on existing specialisms in healthcare for example. 

Funding for our projects will help to:

  • Prepare a new trading environment for the end of the UK Transition Period at the Port of Poole

  • Facilitate research, medical innovation and clinical practice enhancements

  • Deliver enhanced digital connectivity full fibre (gigabit) across the Dorset Council spatial area.

Indicative outputs and outcomes 

  • Direct Jobs Created - 125
  • Jobs Safeguarded - 217
  • New Apprenticeships - 80
  • Commercial Space Unlocked (sqm) - 1505 sqm
  • New or improved Learning Space Unlocked - 1787 sqm
  • New Learners Assisted - 40,445
  • Businesses Assisted - 250
  • R&D Floorspace - 150 sqm
  • New superfast broadband connections - 14,107
  • CO2 emissions saved (kg) - 23,100

All of our projects align with our strategic priorities and will support Dorset’s recovery from COVID-19.

All projects funded through Getting Building Fund will be delivered by 31 March 2022. For more information on the fund, visit the government website:

View projects in Dorset benefiting from our Getting Building Fund