Government provides Local Growth funding via Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England for projects that benefit the local area and economy. A total of £98.5 million has been secured by Dorset LEP in Growth Deals for Dorset.
Dorset Growth Deals bring together a mix of local, national and private funding as well as new freedoms and flexibilities to focus on:
- Enabling growth in key housing and employment sites
- Creating the right conditions for economic growth
- Supporting Dorset businesses
- Growing the Dorset skills base
Dorset Growth Deal funding has been allocated to a number of projects that will help transform the county through better transport, infrastructure, more housing, and more highly skilled jobs for all in Dorset.
- Arts University Bournemouth Innovation Centre
- Bournemouth and Poole College: Engineering & Manufacturing Project
- Bournemouth and Poole College: Financial & Business Services Project
- Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme
- Bournemouth University Business Park
- Dorset Innovation Park – Quadrant
- Former Power Station (Holes Bay)
- Gillingham Access to Growth
- Kingston Maurward College – AgriTech Project
- Lansdowne Business District
- Literary and Scientific Institute, Bridport
- Mary Anning Wing, Lyme Regis
- MEMO – ‘The Journey’
- Orthopaedic Research Institute Phase 1 & 2
- Port of Poole Infrastructure
- Shire Hall, Dorchester
- Swanage Pier
- Wallisdown Connectivity
- Western Growth Corridor
Dorset Growth Deal project dashboard
Click on the image below to download the Dorset Growth Deal project dashboard
Achievements to date
Local Growth Deals are designed to enable LEPS to better serve their local economy.
The £98.5m Dorset Growth Deal programme expects to bring in £1.148 billion private investment to Dorset, along with 31,800 new and safeguarded jobs, and 5,800 new homes.
By the end of March 2017 a total of £34.4 million was spent across 16 projects in the local economy, delivering 1,164 new jobs, 367 new homes and £254.3 million of additional local investment for Dorset. The funding also helped to train 1,882 students and apprentices.
For further Dorset LEP Achievements see our Annual Report on our reporting page.