Weymouth & Portland
Weymouth and Portland is a vibrant and historic area that has been instrumental in the development of advanced technologies such as sonar, torpedoes and submarine systems. Portland has an active port and which has built upon its Royal Navy heritage by accommodating some of the largest cruise liners in existence. Portland is also host to the National Sailing Academy. Weymouth and Portland successfully hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
At 16 square miles, Weymouth & Portland is the smallest borough/district in Dorset. It is a densely populated area with the urban area covering 59% of the borough and housing 81% of the population. The Weymouth & Portland area is a centre for employment with about 19,000 employees in employment and around 2,180 businesses, excluding the self-employed.
The borough has road links to the Bournemouth-Poole conurbation via the A354 Dorchester road via Wareham, and rail links to London and Bristol. The construction of the recently completed Weymouth relief road will help local businesses with communications and transport links, just in time for the focus of attention to be turned to the borough as the sailing events venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Weymouth & Portland have harbours with registered fishing vessels. Weymouth has 59 vessels and Portland has 27 (as at October 2010). Portland Port offers services for commercial shipping cruises vessel and Royal Naval contracts.
Key industrial sites in Weymouth & Portland
Basepoint Business Centre
Lynch Lane Industrial Estate
Granby Industrial Estate
Southwell Business Park
For a full report and further key statistics on the Weymouth & Portland economy, please follow the link Dorset for You.