Silicon South


This investment is enabling Silicon South to act as a catalyst for and genuine leader in Creative Industries and the new digital economy. This is of great strategic significance because the industry is growing rapidly and Silicon South is seen as a leader in this field and has generated a large amount of coverage since its inception.

The LEP Provided funding for:

  • Establishing Silicon South: website development
  • Establishing Silicon South: Legal and trade marking
  • Establishing Silicon South: Launch and communication activities
  • Competitor analysis
  • Capacity analysis
  • A marketing campaign
  • A growth plan for mid-size businesses
  • Incubator/accelerators: needs analysis
  • A film studio: needs analysis
  • A VFX hub: needs analysis




In the longer-term, Silicon South hopes to deliver the following outcomes for Dorset and the DLEP:

  • Repositioning and marketing Dorset as a commercial county with a demonstrable focus on the creative and digital sector
  • Attracting new companies to the region
  • Creating a start-up, high growth entrepreneurial culture
  • Five structural job creation projects to headline, demonstrate success and create significant numbers of new jobs
  • Education programmes to include:
  • Creating 20 apprenticeships from January 2014
  • School based skills programme (e.g. Silicon South Code Camps)
  • International high profile event







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