Poole, in Dorset, is part of the largest conurbation in the south-west of England. It is one of the busiest ports in the UK and is situated on the shores of the second largest natural harbour in the world. The town has good educational, retail and cultural facilities, including Bournemouth University and the Lighthouse theatre. The local economy is strong and well-balanced, with manufacturing, banking and other customer service jobs, such as leisure, tourism and agriculture all being important in the area. Average house prices appear pricey compared to the UK average, but this is due to the notoriously expensive waterside houses at Sandbanks. Outside of this area, there is plenty of inexpensive housing available to buy or rent. Poole has good transport links, with rail journeys to London taking under 2 hours. There are reasonable road connections to the M27 and M3 while Bournemouth Airport offers both domestic and international flights.
Poole Job Opportunities
Major employers in Poole include Barclays, Coutts, Sunseeker, Jordans and Ryvita, LVE, RNLI, and John Lewis. Poole hospital offers healthcare jobs for all grades within the medical sector, and for those seeking employment in higher education, the main campus of Bournemouth University is situated in Poole. While these employers provide the greatest number of jobs in Poole for all levels of ability and experience, there are several trading and industrial estates in Poole, including the Nuffield Industrial Estate and Creekmoor, that are home to smaller firms offering employment opportunities in various sectors.
Poole Employment Trends
New industrial units are currently being built at Mannings Heath and the town centre is about to undergo major development. A regeneration of the waterfront area has begun and the building of a second harbour bridge has opened up land for further employment opportunities, housing and open spaces. Poole council predicts that these developments will generate £1 billion of investment in the town.