An Information Hub and Forum for Collaboration

Dorset's well-established engineering and manufacturing sector has grown by 14.3% over the past decade, contributing £1.7 billion and representing over 9% of the overall Dorset Economy.

There are around 2,000 businesses in the sector in Dorset, employing 28,000 people (8% of all employed). *

The Cluster supports engineering and manufacturing in Dorset, creates opportunities to collaborate, create and innovate with each other, industry partners, schools, colleges and universities.

*stats reference Dorset LEP 


  • Helping to raise the profile of the engineering and manufacturing sector and the work of companies within Dorset, in particular to drive productivity and growth.
  • Developing supply chain opportunities in order to increase market share.
  • Providing an opportunity to network and collaborate through a program of events and workshops.
  • Supporting solutions to underpin workforce development, skills, training and apprentice schemes.
  • Identifying ways of working with education providers and research organisations to drive innovation.
  • Provide information on access to business support, market intelligence, finance and funding.
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