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Economic development in North Dorset District Council

North Dorset is now part of an Economic Growth Strategy which covers Western Dorset.

The strategy is focused on the key areas of: Infrastructure, Homes & Employment sites, Employment & Skills, Business & Sectors, and Assets & Policy.

Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy 2017-33 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

We aim to support business growth in the district by knowing what business is conducted, responding to the needs of existing businesses and encouraging the development of new business or assisting with businesses relocating in this area.

Support is available for all types of business, large and small, and for anyone thinking of starting a business.

North Dorset Economic Growth Fund

The North Dorset Economic Growth Fund (pdf, 228kb) (opens in a new window) is a small grants scheme for start-up businesses to support economic growth through commercial activity. 

View the  Appraisal criteria (pdf, 205kb) (opens in a new window) before you  apply to the North Dorset Economic Growth Fund (word, 40kb) (opens in a new window).

North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund

The  North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund (pdf, 229kb) (opens in a new window) is a small fund to support setting up new or additional apprenticeships.

View the appraisal criteria (word, 38kb) (opens in a new window) before you  apply to the North Dorset Apprenticeship Grant Fund (pdf, 217kb) (opens in a new window).

North Dorset Business Day

The 2017 North Dorset Business Day was on Friday 17 November, at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. See our flyer (pdf, 132kb) (opens in a new window) for further information about the event, and a video of the event will be available shortly.

The 2016 North Dorset Business Day was at the Exchange, Sturminster Newton in November. A video of the event and other information can be found within North Dorset Business Day.

Other information available

Information is available on the following services:

Our Economic Development team

Our team can provide support and information to businesses in North Dorset and those wishing to relocate to the district.

General economic development - Economic Development Officer - Susan Sullivan

Community led development - Community Led Development Officer - Hugh de Iongh

  • North Dorset Business Day - November 2016

    The last North Dorset Business Day was at the Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Thursday, 17 November 2016. Forty-six businesses exhibited at this networking event, and a further 150 business people also attended. The event was opened by Simon Hoare MP, who also met with many of the businesses.

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