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20 December 2018

Dorset LEP 2018 Highlights

Dorset LEP 2018 Highlights

2018 has been a prosperous year for Dorset. Dorset LEP has been instrumental in delivering a number of initiatives to help drive economic growth, improve housing, transport and infrastructure, and create more highly skilled jobs across Dorset.

We are pleased to share some of our highlights below...


January 2018

Poole Bridge (Completed) 

Dorset Innovation Park Launch

Innovate UK MoU signed 

March 2018

North Dorset Business Park (completed) 

Rural Productivity Conference (KMC) 

Innovation South launch event 

April 2018

First Dorset LEP business conference

Literary & Scientific Institute launch event

May 2018

Field International (completed) 

Re-launch of the Growing Places Fund 

June 2018 

Project pipeline refresh open 

July 2018 

Dorset Gateway launch


September 2018 

Hurn Roundabout (completed) 

Blackwater junction phase 2 (started) 

A338 Widening (started) 

Project Pipeline refresh close 

Homes England visit 

Great south West MP event, Westminster

Careers & Apprenticeship Show

LEP Network Women Leaders Event

October 2018 (Open to public May 2018) 

Shire Hall (completed) 

Townside Access (Completed) 

Dorset Viability Symposium 

November 2018 

Gillingham Access to Growth (started) 

Orthopaedic Research Institute Phase 2 (started) 

New Dorset LEP Skills Board established

Horizon 2038 Launch

December 2018 

Local Development Order approved

Growing Places Fund loan agreement signed with Kingston Maurward College - Interpretation Centre


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  • Business support funding blog: March update
    30 March 2020

    Dorset Gateway Funding Blog

    Research and development grant funding continues and we can provide 40 hours of bid writing support

  • Dorset Investment Prospectus Tender Open
    27 March 2020

    Dorset Investment Prospectus Tender Open

    We are seeking tenders to support the preparation of a Dorset Investment Prospectus.

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