Inward Investment in Dorset

Dorset is already home to world-class businesses across many sectors

Download our Quick Investment Guide to the many and varied opportunities available in Dorset.


Key economic facts about Dorset

Gross Value Added worth £17.3 billion.

Bournemouth and Poole are the second-fastest growing area in the UK for start-ups.

50% of graduates in film, visual effects and video games industries in the UK are Bournemouth University graduates.

High growth sectors in Dorset are advanced manufacturing and engineering, creative/digital and agritech.

Finance & Insurance and Retail Trade are the two largest sectors by GVA.


Reasons for investing in Dorset 


Driving Innovation & Growth Strong economic growth and sustainability.

Highly skilled workforce with leading universities.

Within two hours of four Russell Group Universities.

Collaborative working across the region with target sectors Green spaces and excellent lifestyle location.

A politically safe and lawful country.



Dorset is home to Bournemouth Airport and both Exeter and Southampton Airports are accessible within an hour.

Bristol, London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are within two hours.

Two ports with strong links to mainland Europe.

Port of Southampton container terminal is within one hour.

Two hours commute to London by train with excellent transport links to other regions.


Centres of Excellence

Royal National Lifeboat Institution HQ, Lifeboat College and All Weather Lifeboat Centre, Poole.

The National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University.

Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit.

South Coast Financial Centre of Excellence.

CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.