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4. Locating to Poole

We have created a video ‘Why locate in Poole’ to explain the benefits of setting up your business in Poole.

Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch, Poole frames the South East Dorset conurbation with an aggregate population of more than 465,000.

The Port of Poole is the second largest natural harbour in the world and a major regional asset providing services including conventional and containerised (TEU & FEU) freight handling, cross-channel ferry services, cargo forwarding and storage. The development of the South Quay will provide longer and deeper facilities to enable the port to compete across a much wider range of shipping and marine activities, including cruise. 

Poole is home to the international headquarters of world-class brands including Sunseeker International, Lush, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), LV=, Merlin Entertainment, Fitness First, Animal, Aish Technologies and major operations of companies such as Barclays, Wärtsilä, Jordans & Ryvita, Honeywell Analytics, amongst others and an array of SMEs in a variety of industries. 

Poole has two universities, Bournemouth University, home to the internationally renowned Centre for Computer Animation, and Arts University Bournemouth, which has been awarded the Gold standard rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and a college, Bournemouth & Poole College with it’s state of the art STEM centre and Marine Technology Centre sponsored by Sunseeker International. 

Poole has been voted the happiest place to live in the South West, and the ninth happiest town in the UK.

Page last updated: 01 February 2018
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