BUSINESS: Morebus partners up with the Dorset Chamber


The bus company Morebus has joined the Dorset Chamber as a Platinum Business Partner to help it drive economic growth and to forge new links with other firms.

The Chamber, 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’, and 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.”

“Engaging and effective”

Adam Keen, 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.”

More than 1,900 people are employed by Go South Coast’s bus and coach companies, operating a fleet of more than 850 vehicles over more than 140 routes.

Damory, Hants & Dorset Trim, Bluestar, Excelsior, Salisbury Reds, Southern Vectis, Swindon’s Bus Company and Tourist Coaches are all brands of the group.

Morebus is based in Poole, and their services include UNIBUS for Bournemouth University staff and students as well as workers, shoppers and residents.

The Business Partner scheme plays a role in helping the Chamber shape economic growth in the county, and helps those ambitious firms to develop their own businesses.

It has two Premier Business Partners: Premiere League club AFC Bournemouth and events specialist Brighter Productions.

A-One Insurance Group, Beales Gourmet at The Italian Villa, Blue Sky Financial Planning, Bournemouth Airport, the Bournemouth and Poole College, Bournemouth University, 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, Meggit, morebus, Purple HR, Ouch Training Team, PKF Francis Clark, Savills, Sunseeker, TeamJobs, Travel Counsellors for Business and Westover Group are all Platinum Business Partners.

The Chamber is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and continues to grow as Dorset’s leading business support organisation.

Main image: Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling is pictured in the driving seat, left, with MoreBus general manager Adam Keen, right


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