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Dorset Council Draft Economic Growth Strategy 2020 to 2024

Sustainable economic growth is a key priority for Dorset Council and our draft Economic Growth Strategy 2020 to 2024 has been designed to achieve this objective.

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Our vision

We will deliver sustainable economic growth, increasing productivity and the number of jobs in Dorset, creating great places to live, work and visit.

Our priorities

Transportation infrastructure

Improve rail services, public transport and reliability of journey times:

  • improve north-south road and rail links
  • reduce congestion
  • improve reliability of journey times
  • maintain and improve current rail services provision
  • improve public transport including access to education
  • facilitate healthier lifestyles through modal shift to active travel

Digital infrastructure

Improve connectivity:

  • connectivity
    • completion of Superfast programme - 2021
    • Gigabit Voucher Scheme - 2021
    • F20 programme - gigabit connectivity 2021 - 2028
    • stimulate investment from private sector
  • inclusion and skills
    • Routes to Inclusion Programme
    • Digital Skills Partnership
  • leadership
    • Digital Place Strategy embodying a partnership approach
    • an understanding of local business needs for skills and connectivity


Enhance aspirations and skills base, creating a more productive and resilient workforce:

  • enable information, advice and guidance and deliver inspirational events such as ‘big bang’ and ‘building careers in construction’ to inform young people, parents and carers of local opportunities and progression paths
  • secure resources to prevent and reduce 16 and 17 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or jobs without training
  • deliver the council’s commitment to developing young people’s employability skills and careers plans
  • work closely with all education and skills providers to raise skills levels and focus on priority sectors
  • facilitate a Dorset apprenticeship strategy with a focus on increasing starts, focusing on higher and degree level apprenticeships
  • deliver the council’s own workforce apprenticeship strategy and work with partners to deliver this


Enhance Dorset as a place to do work and do business, utilising environment quality and diversity:

  • support sustainable development for economic growth
  • reduce commuting imbalance in targeted areas
  • create a network of vibrant towns
  • secure investment in coastal resorts and delivery of improvement programmes
  • develop sustainable tourism/cultural products to increase sector productivity

Business environment

Create, grow and attract new businesses:

  • enable the provision of business support services through Dorset Growth Hub, Dorset Gateway and sector specific bodies
  • provide an interactive employment and commercial database
  • collaborate with local partners and department for international trade to attract inward investment
  • deliver ‘business friendly’ services
  • fund a post with Dorset chamber to provide EU exit information for businesses
  • deliver Low Carbon Dorset programme
  • manage and develop ‘Visit Dorset’ to support the visitor economy
  • support potential growth sectors: advanced engineering and manufacturing, agritech/aquaculture, construction, ICT services
  • maintain support with established sectors: visitor economy, health and social care


Enable enterprise, collaboration, job creation and innovation:

  • continue to secure investment in and development of Dorset Innovation Park
  • collaborate with partners to develop and promote Dorset as a location for the growth of aquaculture
  • collaborate with partners to increase food productivity and security through technological development
  • drive innovation through the procurement of service delivery

Economic growth statistics

Number of employees per business

  • Dorset - 7.3 employees
  • England - 9.5 employees

Average weekly earnings

  • Dorset - £523 a week
  • England - £571 a week

Workforce aged 50+

  • Dorset – 36%
  • England – 28%

Value produced for every hour worked

  • Dorset - £26.70
  • UK - £33.70

This gives a productivity gap of £1.7 billion

New businesses

  • Dorset – 72 per 10,000 working age people
  • England – 97 per 10,000 working age people

The rate of creation of new business is below the national average and has changed little in the last 4 years.

Superfast broadband coverage

  • Dorset – 95%
  • England – 96%

By 2029…

In the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Area:

  • 150,000 people will retire
  • 23,000 new jobs will be created
  • Leaving 173,000 jobs to be filled

Of these jobs:

  • 80% require GCSE level of above
  • 60% requite BTEC/A-Level or above

Economic growth infographic

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