Poole is a coastal town in Dorset, known for its large natural harbour and award winning blue flag sandy beaches, including the world famous Sandbanks Beach. The old town has Georgian houses and Poole Museum, which explores local history. From Poole harbour, boats head down south to Brownsea Island. This wooded island has trails and wildlife such as red squirrels. Plus the island houses a 16th Century Brownsea Castle which is now a private hotel.
Nestled between Bournemouth, the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast, Poole is a fabulous place to base to start exploring Dorset.
Poole's harbour is a haven for sailors, wildlife enthusiasts and watersports with a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is also home to the RNLI, with a full training college situated along the harbours’ edge.
Why not explore the treasures of Pooles historic quayside and delve deep into the heart of the old town where sea captains and pirates once stood.
Or you could take to the water and enjoy the multiple water sports available. From windsurfing, sailing or a powerboat ride in the safe and shallow water.
Due to the thriving harbour within Poole, one of the town’s biggest industries is the maritime sector, particularly at the regionally significant Marine Skills Centre. Key employers in the Bournemouth and Poole area include Brittany Ferries, RNLI, Quay Sails and Sunseeker International.
Poole’s Twin Sails bridge, which finished construction in 2012, is the town’s second harbour crossing, and is said to, within time, unlock one of the South West’s largest urban regeneration projects on and around the waterfront. Advanced engineering is also a key sector within Poole, with major companies such as Siemens, Aish Technologies, David Brown Hydraulics, and Air Bearings.
Other important sectors in this area include the creative industries along with a growing digital sector. There is a strong culture of innovation and enterprise within the South West, and this is particularly prevalent in Poole and Bournemouth. The last few decades have shown a dramatic growth in such industries, and creative companies in the area include Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre, Hallmark Broadcast and White Lantern Film. Within the digital sector, companies such as LDS Technology, AB Precision and Copperchase Ltd are all within the Poole area.
The financial sector is additionally a sizable one in Poole. Various banks including Barclays and Nationwide have large offices in the area, and there are also a few big insurance companies that employ a significant number of local people, such as Liverpool Victoria (LV=) and Rias.