A Dorset bus company is going places with the Dorset Chamber after becoming a Platinum Business Partner.
Poole-based morebus has joined forces with the county’s voice of business to help it drive economic growth and to forge new links with other firms.
The Chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, has more than 720 members – including nearly 30 Business Partners.
Morebus is part of Go South Coast, which is owned by the FTSE 250 transport organisation ‘The Go-Ahead Group’.
Morebus has two local sister companies – Damory and Excelsior – who are also Dorset Chamber business partners.
Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “Transport and infrastructure are so important to business in Dorset and the local economy.
“It will be invaluable to have a company of morebus’s stature and experience within the ranks of our Business Partners.
“We are delighted to welcome the company aboard and look forward to a close and fruitful partnership.”
Adam Keen, who is general manager at Go South Coast, said: “The Dorset Chamber provides an engaging and effective way of representing businesses in our region.
“The Chamber’s voice is important when it comes to issues affecting businesses in Dorset.
“We are keen to play our part in helping the Chamber support business and help drive the local economy in the years to come.”
Go South Coast’s bus and coach companies operate a fleet of more than 850 vehicles over more than 140 routes. It employs more than 1,900 people.
Its brands include morebus, Damory, Hants & Dorset Trim, Bluestar, Excelsior, Salisbury Reds, Southern Vectis, Swindon’s Bus Company and Tourist Coaches.
Services in Bournemouth include UNIBUS for Bournemouth University staff and students as well as workers, shoppers and residents.
The Business Partner scheme is for ambitious firms looking to develop their own businesses, as well as playing a role in helping the Chamber shape economic growth in the county.
It has two Premier Business Partners: Premier League club AFC Bournemouth and events specialist Brighter Productions.
Its Platinum Business Partners are: A-One Insurance Group, Beales Gourmet at The Italian Villa, Blue Sky Financial Planning, Bournemouth Airport, the Bournemouth and Poole College, Bournemouth University (BU), Crystal Clear Telecom, Deep South Media, Digital Storm, Dorset Echo/Daily Echo, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, ESET, Field International, Global, Greendale Construction, HSBC, ITSB, JP Morgan, Lester Aldridge, Meggitt, morebus, Purple HR, Ouch Training Team, PKF Francis Clark, Savills, Sunseeker, TeamJobs, Travel Counsellors for Business and Westover Group.
The Chamber – Dorset’s leading business support organisation – continues to grow as it celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019.