“The growing business population opening more and more opportunities for local people can only further improve the local workforce and employment rate, from a position of strength already.” The report also examines the impact education has on economies.

The gross value added by the education sector rose 18 per cent to £174.5million between 20.

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” Bournemouth council said it receives almost 1,000 enquiries a month from people stating they are worried about housing or homelessness, and that it response includes rent deposit loans, teams of housing support workers in the community and mental health support.

Mr Lawton added: “The recent media serves as a reminder that the issues of homelessness sadly continue to increase.

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The council initially said it had fitted the devices to stop people lying on the benches and preventing others from sitting down.

But it has now said it will remove them in the next few days, in the light of “the depth of feeling” over the issue.

“What is particularly pleasing, however, is that despite the strong headwinds and uncertainty, Southampton, Portsmouth ad Bournemouth are predicted to be in the top 10 for the fastest economic growth in 2018.

“Bournemouth’s employment growth is also a strong step forward and emphasises how the banking, finance and insurance industry’s presence is having a strong impact on the area.” The report says employment in Bournemouth grew by 1.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2017.

Cllr Philip Broadhead, cabinet member for economic growth on Bournemouth council, said: “It’s great to see another statistic showing Bournemouth performing strongly on the national stage.