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Local Enterprise Partnership

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are joint local authority business bodies brought forward by authorities themselves to promote economic development.

On 20 May 2010 the Coalition Government published its 'Programme for Government' which included the creation of LEPs.

A prospectus for the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership was submitted to Government on 28 June 2011.  Access the Dorset LEP June 2011 (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) document for further information. The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership bid was approved by the government on 7 July 2011. Local partners have been asked to form the board and set up the new partnership arrangements.

The objectives of the Dorset LEP are:

  • To improve the performance of existing businesses within Dorset, and to encourage the growth of new ones, for example, through inward investment
  • To enhance the skills of our current and future workforce
  • To improve electronic and physical connectivity, particularly through high speed broadband coverage
  • To create the conditions for enterprise, with an initial focus on establishing an agreed framework for spatial planning

For further information on the work of the Dorset LEP, please refer to their website

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (opens in a new window)

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