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Dorset Chamber receives premier support as it celebrates its 75th anniversary

Law firm Lester Aldridge has renewed its membership of Dorset Chamber as a Premier Business Partner. Chamber chief executive Ian Girling, left, and Lester Aldridge partner Grant Esterhuizen, right, are pictured at the Dorset Business Awards launch at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: May 17, 2024 | Updated: 17th May 2024

As Dorset Chamber reaches its 75th year in operation, law firm Lester Aldridge has renewed its support.

The firm has signed up for another year as a Premier Business Partner with the county’s leading business support organisation.

It is one of just two organisations in the top tier of membership, alongside AFC Bournemouth.

A full-service law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London, Lester Aldridge is in the process of merging with Mackrell Solicitors.

The proposed merger is set to complete in September and will result in a combined workforce of over 400, giving it a strong presence in all three locations and, additionally, a new office in Birmingham.

Dorset Chamber has nearly 700 members representing 37,000 employees. It was founded in 1949 and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “Lester Aldridge has been one of our strongest supporters during its longstanding membership of nearly 40 years.

“Its progressive values, focus on wellbeing and commitment to diversity match our own mission of enabling better lives through business and our belief in business as a force for good.

“We have a close bond and are thrilled that the firm has agreed to continue as a Premier Business Partner in what promises to be a very special year with our 75th anniversary celebrations.”

In recent years, Lester Aldridge has thrown its weight behind the chamber’s wellbeing initiatives.

It is also a Premier Partner for the chamber-organised Dorset Business Festival for the second year running.

Partner Grant Esterhuizen said: “We have a vibrant, successful and supportive business community in Dorset and much of that is due to the chamber.

“It epitomises all that is good about business in Dorset. We’re proud to be a premier partner and play our part in helping the chamber to make a difference to businesses, lives, communities and our local economy.”

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