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Economic development - Christchurch and East Dorset

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Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership have launched a Going for growth five year plan to create the best opportunity for our local economy to grow, and businesses to succeed.

We are committing our own resources to going for growth to complement investment from other partners such as Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, Dorset County Council and private investors.

You can find out more in the Going for Growth leaflet (pdf, 857kb) (opens in a new window).

At our launch events we asked over 300 businesses to tell us how we can best support them to grow. Read our responses to Going for Growth feedback (pdf, 406kb) (opens in a new window).

Economic Growth Strategy

The Partnership's Economic Growth Strategy sets out the priorities for the Partnership's investment in the local economy. The Partnership has consulted with local businesses to help prepare the Strategy and will report to local businesses on its delivery through events, newsletters and social media. The Partnership welcomes comments regarding the Christchurch and East Dorset Economic Growth Strategy (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window).

We have also created a Going for Growth Local Delivery Plan (pdf, 669kb) (opens in a new window) to show the work we are doing to deliver the strategy.

Business breakfast meetings

We hold regular business breakfast at a variety of venues in the area. The latest events were held at Highcliffe School and Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne to look at ways that the education sector and businesses can work together. You can see the Developing Skills - Developing Business presentations. (powerpoint, 7Mb) (opens in a new window) from those events.

See the video of the Going 4 Growth events (opens in a new window) previously held at Dudsbury Golf Club and Christchurch Harbour Hotel.

Other business breakfast events were held at Highcliffe Castle and Canford Magna Golf Club in November 2015 with the theme of  Supporting Business - Supporting Growth (powerpoint, 1Mb) (opens in a new window). See the Video of Going for Growth events November 2015 (opens in a new window).

Going for Growth - Business support programme

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils have commissioned  Business West (opens in a new window) to deliver a business support programme targeting business start-ups and existing businesses in the area. The programme, comprising workshops on  Express Enterprise (pdf, 110kb) (opens in a new window) and  Business Planning and Finance for Startups (pdf, 112kb) (opens in a new window) and  Business Support Clinics (pdf, 432kb) (opens in a new window) will be running from December 2015 until April 2016. Business West specialise in providing business support throughout the South West.

Going for Growth newsletters

Read the latest  Going for Growth newsletter Autumn 2015 (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

See also our  going for growth e-newsletter Summer 2015 (pdf, 204kb) (opens in a new window) and our  Spring 2015 edition of the going for growth newsletter (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

We also publish regular e-newsletters, see the latest edition. (opens in a new window). You can sign up to receive regular e-newsletters here. (opens in a new window) Submit your email address then choose the Going for Growth link under Christchurch Borough Council or East Dorset District Council.

For more information about economic development and business support services please email or contact a member of the economic development team.

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