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Business and sectors

Our economy comprises a wide range of sectors. Compared to the UK in general however, the proportions in the mix show that there is a relatively high dependence on sectors with some form of challenge or opportunity.


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A range of factors need to be addressed if our local economy is to develop sustainable economic growth.

Programme aims

  • Increase local business start-ups and survival rates
  • Increase GVA
  • Increase productivity of key sectors

You can read more about our key sectors

Our plan of action

In order to respond to challenges we used two main indicators of economic growth – Gross Value Added (GVA: the measure of the value of goods and services) and the associated full-time equivalent jobs (FTE). We took information from recent data to provide the following workstreams:

  • inward investment offer
  • Business Account Management programme
  • programme of business support events and services
  • Dorset engineering and manufacturing cluster
  • marine sector development programme
  • SME business support programme
  • town centre businesses support programme
  • tourism and leisure sector support programme
  • sector programmes with interventions specific to sector type and issues
  • growth sector projects

Growth Scenarios

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Studies conducted to contribute to this programme

  • Blue Sail tourism report for Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester
  • assessment of improvements to service and quality standards across tourism and heritage
  • festival and events assessment

Our successes

Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy delivery successes in 2018

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