The economy of Dorset in South West England was worth £16.189 billion to the UK economy in 2013.


Historically, agriculture has dominated the Dorset economy, but over time it has decreased in importance.

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom has damaged the economy heavily.[1][2]

Corporate economy

Barclays Bank has a regional headquarters in Poole Town Centre. Merlin Entertainments is also based in Poole.


In 2015, Dorset County Council reported that the environmental economy was worth between £0.9 billion and £2.5 billion per annum; and supports between 17,000 and 61,000 jobs.[3]


Factories in Dorset include those at Ryvita and Sunseeker.

Maritime industry

Boats at Portland Harbour.
Boats at Portland Harbour.

The maritime transport industry of Dorset is based at the Port of Poole in Poole and the Portland Harbour at the Isle of Portland.


Dorset is home to newspapers; Dorset Echo and the Bournemouth Daily Echo.


Dorset is the headquarters for a number of retail companies. The cosmetics company Lush was founded and is headquartered in Poole.

Hobbycraft has headquarters in Christchurch and New Look has corporate headquarters in Weymouth.

Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is the largest indoor shopping centre in Dorset.[4]

Science and Technology

The Dorset Green Technology Park employs many people.[5]


The prehistoric Durdle Door.
The prehistoric Durdle Door.

Tourism in Dorset is valued at £1bn a year 40,000 people are employed in the industry.[6]


  1. ^ "Second lockdown 'a potential massive blow' to Dorset economy amid business fears". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  2. ^ "Coronavirus report: Dorset will suffer badly due to effects on economy, education and health". Bridport and Lyme Regis News. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  3. ^ "Dorset's Environmental Economy" (PDF). Dorset County Council: 118. 2015.
  4. ^ "Poole Tourism". 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  5. ^ "Dorset Innovation Park | Enterprise Zones". Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  6. ^ "Tourism crucial to Dorset's economic recovery". Dorset LEP. Retrieved 2021-01-20.

See also