Poole is a historic sea-faring town and community on the south coast of England. Its fishing and merchant trade heritage has played a key role in developing Poole into a thriving coastal town and port that it is today. Poole maintains its international import and export links and provides a gateway from Europe and The Channel Islands for thousands of ferry passengers each year. It is home to innovative and high tech businesses including Sunseeker, RNLI, Lush Cosmetics, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and two successful universities. Its ambition can be seen in the award winning world-class Twin Sails Bridge, the first bridge of its type in the world. Its two lifting leaves resemble the sails of a yacht representing Poole’s proud maritime heritage.
Poole’s beautiful coastal setting and its large natural harbour, the largest in Europe, is a perfect setting to conduct business and also to relax. Poole has three miles of sandy golden beaches and the stunning Sandbanks Beach is the only beach in England to be awarded the coveted Blue Flag for 29 consecutive years. With a population of over 152,000 residents, Poole is vibrant and cosmopolitan with good quality shopping, excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife. The extensive waters of Poole Harbour provide a magnificent haven for recreational sailing and watersports.