Businesses moving into Dorset from other parts of the UK and expanding local firms are key drivers in Dorset's economy.
Dorset has a number of top business parks. Bournemouth Airport, at Hurn near Christchurch, has an extensive industrial sector for aviation and other advanced technology businesses. There is also a strong aviation focus at the Ferndown Industrial Estate and the surrounding areas.
Dorset Green Technology Park, near Dorchester, is a science park being refurbished and developed with a particular respect for the natural environment and is suitable for research & development, environmental and high technology businesses. Southwell Business Park on Portland offers excellent facilities for new businesses and start-up firms.
Weymouth and Portland is developing as a centre of excellence for the maritime and marine leisure industry. Osprey Quay is a development at the former Royal Naval Air Station on Portland. This includes the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, which will be the venue for all the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 600 berth Portland Marina and Sunseeker International. Neighbouring Portland Port at Castletown offers sites with waterside and port related development potential.
Land and premises suitable for business use is not often easy to find, especially where a business has particular requirements. We can provide a range of accommodation to let, including offices and workshop units, as well as links to other sources of commercial property information. The local authorities also have suitable properties available for sale from time to time.
Many of Dorset's farmers and landowners are looking into ways of enhancing their farm incomes through diversification activities such as the conversion of redundant farm buildings into offices, studios and workshops. With the help of Property Pilot in marketing this type of property, most are let quickly to small high-tech and ICT businesses, e.g. software developers. Property Pilot is a database of available commercial land and property to lease or to buy and covers offices, studios, retail units, industrial premises, hotels, warehousing, workshops and land designated for employment use in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Business parks and industrial estates in Dorset
A list of where business parks and industrial estates are located within Dorset, with a listing of the postal addresses for each.
Property Pilot - Commercial property enquiries
Information on Property Pilot, the database of available commercial land and property to lease or to buy.
Prospect Business Park, Swanage
The long awaited development of five acres of employment land, to be known as Prospect Business Park, Victoria Avenue, Swanage is coming to fruition.