A leading light in the marine industry, a natural born seller from the world of retail, and a Professor in Environmental Geology have been appointed at the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
Jim Stewart Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, Tony Brown CEO of Beale Plc, and Professor Matthew Bennett of Bournemouth University have recently joined the Board of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership – a new organisation set to drive and expand Dorset’s economy.
Speaking of the appointments, Chairman Gordon Page commented: “I am delighted to welcome Jim Stewart, Tony Brown and Matthew Bennett to the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. With their wealth of knowledge and experience in their industry sectors we can bring even more entrepreneurial drive to the table whilst representing Dorset’s key sectors. We are confident this drive will bring us increased access to Government funding and ultimately improve Dorset as a place to do business.”
The LEP has already attracted nearly £50 million of investment for the county and substantial sums are expected in the near future. Some £10 million has been allocated from the Government’s Growing Places fund to boost jobs and housing, and more than £38 million to deliver super fast broadband across Dorset by April 2015. Recently the government granted Dorset over £12million to improve the east-west corridor between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.