Along with the neighbouring town of Bournemouth, Poole in Dorset is part of a popular coastal stretch which draws thousands of visitors to the town each year. The accompanying promising business climate is, consequently, causing the demand for more Poole serviced apartments to continue to increase.
The large seaside town of Poole in Dorset adjoins the slightly more well-known resort of Bournemouth. Both Poole and Bournemouth join, with Christchurch, to create the local authority and an overall approximate population of 450,000. Although very much a seaside resort, containing only around 150,000, Poole’s economy is a little more balanced than its neighbours.
The local industry receives considerable support from Poole's harbour, one of the world's largest. Just off the harbour is Poole’s eight islands. These include Brownsea, the largest of the islands, Furzey, Green, Long and Round Island. They are largely open to the public, attracting thousands of tourists to the harbour every year. Poole also acts as a destination ideal for travel to the beautiful Jurassic Coast too. The historic cliff structures are often considered as England’s first ever national heritage site.
Conveniently, Poole also lies at the conjunction of several significant A-roads, including the A35, A350 and A3049. Our serviced apartments in Poole are located near these major routes into the town, giving great access to both Poole and Bournemouth. There are four railway stations based here too, served by the South West Main Line. Direct railway links provide quick travel to London, whilst the nearby Bournemouth and Southampton Airports are practical for flights to many international holiday destinations. SITU’s Poole aparthotels can make domestic and international commuting to and from the coastal town comfortable and convenient.
The town belongs to the South West region’s largest urban area. Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch together provide around two-thirds of jobs in Dorset. Much of the benefits that come with conducting business in Poole originate from the schemes which represent the entire county. Therefore, it is important county schemes assist and support businesses in all these locations. Business support services in the county include Dorset Gateway, the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) and the Growth Hub. Each of these and many more provide a wide range of support services. They can support a range of ventures, from those merely trying to navigate small business trips, to worldwide renowned companies looking to relocate in Poole. Information on all these services is available at www.poole.gov.uk/business-and-consumers.
Although local businesses have fantastic access to business support and resources, there is no hiding the fact that Poole boasts a strong economy outright. Of course, undoubted benefits arise from the 10,000 acres of Poole Harbour, one of the largest of its kind in the world. The recent development of the ‘second crossing’ has furthermore unlocked the potential for more employment, housing and business workspace.
Poole has consequently managed to persuade a diverse mix of companies to base themselves here. The coastal town is home to the headquarters or major operations centre of significant companies such as the RNLI, Life & Pensions LV, Lush, and Merlin Entertainments. Overall, 250 foreign-owned business have chosen Poole as their place of operation. There is room for expansion too. Marine technology, tourism and leisure, creative and engineering sectors are all currently on the rise. All this business potential and existing prominence make staying in Poole corporate accommodation very attractive.
Arguably though it’s the scenery and distinctive environment which sets Poole apart as the ideal place for businesses to relocate. Even corporates planning a temporary business visit or leisurely travellers staying in short term accommodation in Poole can quickly appreciate the area’s natural beauty on the south coast. There are not many towns across Europe or even the world, that have a natural harbour like Poole’s. Designated as a world heritage site in 1999, the harbour looks out onto beautiful waters which are exclusive to Poole. The beautiful, family-friendly Sandbanks Beach stretches in the south of the town as a spit from the harbour and is the closest connecting land to the lovely Brownsea Island. Brownsea is one of the National Trust’s ‘gems’, as the largest of Poole’s eight islands. Its wildlife sanctuary feel creates a character unlike anything conveyed on the shore.
Despite the evident overwhelming lure of the harbour, there is also much for visitors to see in the town centre. For instance, the parks and green spaces in the coastal town are immensely appreciated by the locals. Upton Country Park is particularly renowned. It is home to over one hundred acres of award-winning gardens and the stunning Upton House, a Grade II listed Georgian mansion. The Park is truly its own sole attraction, looking out onto its own Upton Lake. Visiting the overall Park makes for a great day out, particularly in the English sunshine!
Poole’s overall beauty does not mean that the shopping experience is let down either. In the bustling town centre and only a stone’s throw away from Poole’s bus and railway stations, Dolphin Centre swanks a fantastic selection of high-end shopping brands and niche retailers. Keen shoppers can browse across over 140 shops, and start or finish their experience at one of the array of eaterie options in the centre. Relocating families to Poole can feel at home too. Thanks to adventure parks and recreation facilities such as Splashdown Water Park, Adventure Wonderland in Christchurch and the Hollywood Bowl. They highlight how Poole has something for everyone, all based in close vicinity of Poole city apartments.
Whilst Poole does not have its own airport, just outside the borough’s borders and no further than half an hour by car from the city centre is Bournemouth Airport (BOH). The airport sits between turns offs along the A31 and A338 roads. There are also designed buses (B1 Yellow Bus) which connect travellers to Bournemouth’s train station to the airport.
For flights not enabled at Bournemouth’s airport, alternatively, travellers can utilise Southampton International Airport which is norther than an hour by car from Poole’s city centre. From our Poole city apartments, airport transfers can be arranged in advance.
Throughout the borough of Poole, there are four train stations which run along the South Western Main Line. Right in the heart of the town centre is Poole Railway station, which is the terminus station for the London to Poole railway service.
From the west to the east in the borough, other stations include Hamworthy, Parkstone and Branksome. Each of these stations facilitates railway travel from each of their respective suburbs within Poole.
Poole’s primary bus station is based opposite both Holes Bay and Poole railway station. Of course, there are bus stops spread widely across the borough in its many suburbs, and the most prominent service operators are Morebus, Yellow Buses, First Bus and Damory Coaches.
If you are out and about for the day in Poole, it is worth buying yourself a ‘Getting About Ticket’. This enables multi-operator, unlimited travel across many buses in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.