An Information Hub and Forum for Collaboration

Dorset is home to a diverse and thriving engineering and manufacturing community of over 2,000 companies employing 25,000 people, providing a quarter of Dorset’s apprenticeships and contributing £1.4B to our local economy*

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

*reference source of stats


  • 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.