Starting with the vibrant town of Bridport, the CED project will estimate the potential value of re-localising the local economy, e.g. how many new jobs re-localised food, health & social care, and  construction sectors might produce.  As importantly we are putting in place new ways of funding local people to take advantage of new opportunities to start community enterprises this work is creating.

So, whether you are a community partnership, group, or town council wanting to develop your own CED work,  come and join us and benefit from DCA’s expertise including:

  • Our Independent facilitation and partnership coordination expertise, gained through DCA programmes such as our CLS project;

  • Develop your enterprise start up skills through accessing our network of expertise in alternative resourcing models e.g. Local Entrepreneur Forums, Soups, crowd funding etc.;

  • Become better connected with like-minded people, through our developing county wide movement of social entrepreneurs;

  • Make better us of your collective resources, and create local ecosystems of support, by getting people to think of themselves as potential investors and social entrepreneurs.

Bridport is just the first step before we start rolling our CED model across Dorset.  Break the paradigm, and contact us now.

The following are reports from the Community-led Economic Development process in Bridport in 2016/2017:-

Summary report - Bridport’s Community-led Economic Development process 2017

Covering food, mental health and local materials in construction.

Building Bridport’s Entrepreneurial Economy

Caring Bridport Research

Community Economic Development Briefing document

How can Bridport Feed Itself?

Summary Report

Event report


Caring Bridport 2017

Full report on the research and community development process about mental health, including possible project initiatives going forward.

Bridport CED

Local Materials in Construction


Have a look at a Community Toolbox of illustrated how-tos and articles to support community-led change here, produced by Bridport-based STIR to Action.

Supporting community development, regeneration and an enterprising culture - Bridport Soup Kitchen Case Study - click here.