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Economic regeneration in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

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Download the Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

Our focus

The Economic Regeneration Service focus on the shared services partnerships economic priorities which are:

  • business support
  • regenerating town centres
  • facilitating inward investment
  • improving infrastructure

The service works with other council departments to ensure businesses have an effective response to enquiries by acting as a single contact point on business and council matters such as business rates, premises, planning permissions, loans and grants. Team members have experience in the private sector and also in starting their own businesses.

The team has a network of contacts and partners and are able to:

  • source help and advice on strategic planning, manufacturing and supply chain, new product development and research and development
  • promote export market penetration in conjunction with  UK Trade and Investment (opens in a new window)
  • offer support to new business through start-up, expansion and growth
  • assist with finding or developing land and premises for employment
  • help with workforce skills development programmes
  • provide economy and local business intelligence 

We also work with a wide range of partners to offer further services that include:

  • linking educational facilities and their students with local employers
  • support for business improvement districts in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland
  • support for the superfast broadband roll out to business
  • working with local partners to deliver business support through local action funding,  DorMen - Dorset Business Mentoring (opens in a new window) and  WSX Enterprise (opens in a new window)
  • working with and informing or brokering relationships with key site developments
  • supporting, informing and influencing the development of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership strategic economic plan

If you wish to discuss the guide or have a question, contact us.

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