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Published: 13th Apr 2016

Dorset's business leaders have highlighted the major improvements that are needed to local infrastructure in order to facilitate a brighter future for the local economy.

A meeting arranged by Dorset Chamber and Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for the region's top business leaders has aimed to highlight the key economic priorities for the coming ten years, and high on the list was improved access to superfast and next-generation broadband, the Bournemouth Echo reports.

Creating a new broadband support scheme would therefore go a long way towards helping businesses of all sizes to access the best online services, while at the same time maximising their reach to new markets and customers, not just in the local area but around the world.

Overall, the event saw the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) provide a presentation on the current strategic economic plan for the county, while new infrastructure improvements that were discussed on the day included a new road link to the M4 via Wiltshire, better rail services and a more unified approach to boosting tourism.

However, it was the lack of county-wide broadband coverage that was the chief concern among those in attendance.

Responding to the day's events, DCCI chief executive Ian Girling told the news provider: "One of the areas we are keen develop, as the collective voice of businesses in Dorset, is policy, looking at issues affecting the local economy and identifying and acting on key economic priorities for the county over the next decade and beyond.

"This is about shaping the next pipeline of projects by Dorset LEP, about us being economic champions for Dorset."