Home grown company moves into Dorset Innovation Park

Home grown company moves into Dorset Innovation Park

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:56am 19th November 2019. (Updated at 1:16pm 19th November 2019)

Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone in Wool has welcomed its first land purchase and commercial construction.

Dorset Council has announced the sale of a plot at Dorset Innovation Park to Norco GRP, a leading Dorset-based developer of lightweight composite structures and mouldings. The company has now started construction of a new production facility.

Matt Prosser, Chief Executive, Dorset Council, said:

"It is fantastic for Dorset to have such a strong, home-grown company moving onto Dorset Innovation Park.

"It will create highly skilled jobs for our young people who will be able to stay in Dorset and thrive."   

Matt Prosser
Matt Prosser

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset LEP, which oversees the strategic development of the Enterprise Zone, welcomed Norco GRP. He said:

"We are thrilled that Norco GRP has chosen Dorset Innovation Park to quickly establish and grow.

"Having such an innovative company expanding at Dorset Innovation Park is really meeting the strategic objectives of Dorset LEP to create an advanced engineering and manufacturing cluster of excellence at the Enterprise Zone".   

The development is also the first commercial construction approval under the Local Development Order (LDO) developed for the Enterprise Zone. This simplified planning system, together with the assistance from Dorset Council, gave Norco GRP assurance and allowed them to obtain approval for the building within 28 days of application, significantly improving the delivery timetable for the project.

Norco GRP is also using Dorset businesses to enable the construction, including Lionel Gregory Architects and construction contractor Jade-Aden Services Ltd.

Mark Northey, Managing Director of Norco GRP, says:

"The Dorset Innovation Park offered us the welcome opportunity to continue to grow our business in Dorset.

"The site is secure with CPNI perimeter fencing, security gatehouse and 24/7 access, which are requirements from our customers."

"In addition to the creation of skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs and multiple opportunities right across the supply chain, the project will also help raise the profile of Dorset and showcase the strategic nature of the county with its defence manufacturing links."

Norco GRP will join 23 other organisations employing 651 people currently based at Dorset Innovation Park, which targets companies in the marine, defence, energy and cyber security sectors.