BUSINESS: Dorset LEP to fund three new projects


Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced it will be providing funding to three new local projects by BCP Council, Stewarts Garden Centre and Weymouth College.

The funds are being provided through the government’s Local Growth Fund which aims to bring together local, national and private sector funding to enable growth in key housing and employment sites, creating more highly skilled jobs, and supporting economic growth.

Dorset LEP have secured a total of £98.5 million for Dorset through the Local Growth Fund, of which 36 projects and programmes across the county have already received growth deal funding.

Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director, said: “I am excited to announce these three new projects which will increase our productivity and create future opportunities for Dorset businesses.”

Up to £1 million will be allocated to BCP Council to fund the ‘5G Digital Testbed’ project, which aims to implement a world first in 5G mobile deployment in a ‘real world’ environment. 

Stewarts Garden Centre, Wimborne, will be awarded £297,000 to start work on an agri-tech plant production and an educational facility.

The ‘Stewarts Agri-Tech Glasshouse’ project will provide the garden centre in Broomhill with a growing facility which has varied heating zones, low carbon technology and a base for horticultural education.

Finally, receiving £250,000, Weymouth College will build and launch ‘The Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology’, which is a project aimed at future-proofing Weymouth College’s Motor Vehicle workshop space and to develop hybrid and fully electric vehicle facilities.

Jim Stewart, Dorset LEP Chair, concluded: “The launch of these new projects show that Dorset LEP is ambitious and forward thinking. 5G, agriculture and automotive technology are exciting sectors which have the potential to improve Dorset’s economy and skills.”

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