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Forging new alliances is good business for Dorset


The development of the Dorset Business Alliance, a partnership between the Federation of Small Businesses, Dorset Chamber and the Institute of Directors, has enable businesses to join forces to speak collectively for Dorset's interests.

Pictured above, left to right: Tim Colman (FSB), Ian Girling (DCCI), Neil Eames (FSB), Rob Dunford (Dorset LEP), Angela Piromalli (IOD)


The aim of the alliance is to give a collective voice to members – particularly as a single point of contact between the county’s business community and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Each organisation retains its own identity and independence under the alliance but will meet the LEP quarterly and with other organisations when appropriate. 

The Dorset Business Alliance has now hosted its inaugural meeting with Dorset LEP, and it is strikingly apparent that this alliance is going to be extremely valuable in representing the voice and views of the whole business community from micro businesses to large corporates, in order to address the key economic priorities across the county.

Neil Eames, FSB development manager for Wessex, said: “Although we are unique business organisations, periodically coming together to ensure a voice for local businesses can only be a positive step. It is important to strengthen the collective voice of companies throughout Dorset and we are committed to working together to ensure that businesses have an input into the local economic agenda.”