Dorset LEP launches BIG Programme prospectus

Published on Wednesday 27 July, 2016 by Charlotte Knight

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has launched its Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme prospectus promoting the benefits of Aviation Business Park as an employment site to businesses looking to expand or locate their business in Bournemouth.

Almost £40 million, secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the ‘Dorset Growth Deal, is funding a series of transport and infrastructure investments around Aviation Business Park and Bournemouth Airport.  The major renewal of the A338, the key link road to the airport, was the BIG Programme’s first infrastructure improvement; the next stage of transport projects is currently under consideration*.  With the A338 works complete, activity is focussing on promoting the area as an attractive, well-established and successful business destination in the south coast region.   

Gordon Page, chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “The BIG Programme prospectus promotes the benefits of Aviation Business Park to companies looking to expand or establish their business premises.  Strategically located at Bournemouth Airport, it offers one of the most significant and exciting investment opportunities in the south of England and is Dorset’s number one priority for employment and economic growth.  Commercial property developer Stoford has recently secured funding for a 160,000sqft unit at Aviation Business Park.  Its prestigious airport base coupled with excellent local, national and international connectivity makes it an attractive business location.”

John Twigg, planning director for Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which owns Bournemouth Airport and Aviation Business Park said: “Aviation Business Park currently supports over 200 individual businesses and has a strong reputation as a key specialist aerospace and manufacturing hub.  MAG Property is heavily investing in Aviation Business Park which offers 60 hectares of prime, well-connected development land and high-quality, flexible business premises for both local and multi-national companies.”


Further information

For more details, please visit the MAG Property website.

The BIG Programme brochure is available here or email for a hard copy.  

Businesses interested in locating at Aviation Business Park should contact

BIG Programme – what’s next?

Following the successful completion of the major renewal of the A338, the Bournemouth International Growth Programme is examining the next stage of transport and infrastructure projects to transform access to and around Bournemouth Airport, Aviation Business Park and Wessex Fields.  A number of projects are currently under consideration to see which will deliver best value and keep driver disruption and impact on business to a minimum.  These include potential developments at Wessex Fields (including improved access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital), Blackwater junction, Hurn roundabout and Chapel Gate.  The BIG Programme expects to have a clear idea as to details of its next planned transport schemes by September. Further progress announcements will be reported at this stage.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership – sensible phasing of infrastructure projects

Additional infrastructure improvements, funded through the Dorset Growth Deal and secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, are currently underway to improve access into and around the Port of Poole.  These works have been timed to start after the completion of the BIG Programme’s A338 road improvements to keep driver disruption and impact on business to a minimum.






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