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Economic Development - Purbeck

Purbeck District Council

Information on economic development in Purbeck.

Purbeck's Growth Agenda

Purbeck is home to some world class and thriving businesses, we are committed to building upon our strengths and opportunities and have set out our Purbeck growth agenda. (pdf, 730kb) (opens in a new window) We are working closely on developing our shared priorities with the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Economic Development Strategy consultation

View the Economic Development Strategy for Purbeck adopted on 13 August 2013 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window). This strategy sets out the action plan that the council will implement to support economic development in the district.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are new partnership organisations across natural economic areas, led by the private sector and including the public sector, making them better placed to identify the needs of the local economy and vitally, to speed up their recovery and growth.

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (opens in a new window) was set up on 8 May 2012 and has already attracted more than £45 million of government funding to kick-start Dorset's economy, to create new jobs, boost local businesses and to improve broadband connectivity across the county.

Dorset Business Mentoring (DorMen)

DorMen can connect you, as a growing business, to a large pool of skilled and experienced business people from a range of private business backgrounds. The service operates a scale of modest fees but most businesses who are able to take up their offer find it offers exceptional contributions towards their business future.

DorMen is Dorset's own bespoke business mentoring service. It is a confidential service provided by volunteers who are drawn from experienced members of the business community and the professions.

DorMen are working with about 160 clients at the moment and, since it started in 2005, the programme has supported nearly 800 businesses, ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies. They currently have a team of over 100 mentors who are all volunteers.  You can find out more information on the DorMen web-site. (opens in a new window)

Business Support

A new Gov.UK business website (opens in a new window) has been created to access government services and information. GOV.UK replaces the previous Directgov and Business Link websites. The site provides information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you are self employed or a sole trader.


Property Pilot (opens in a new window) provides up to date information on building and site availability for employment purposes across Dorset.

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