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Dorset Chamber has strengthened the ranks of its platinum business partners with leading structural steel firm John Reid & Son Ltd (REIDsteel).

REIDsteel has joined the fold as the 130-strong firm steps up its support of the chamber.

The chamber’s business partner programme is for members which wish to make a greater contribution to the organisation and the business community.

REIDsteel designs, manufactures and builds all kinds of steel buildings across UK, Europe and the world – from bridges and large commercial buildings to hospitals and churches – including their glazing, cladding and doors.

Ian Girling, chief executive of the Dorset Chamber, said: “REIDsteel has been one of our strongest supporters of recent years.

“We’re delighted to welcome them as our manufacturing business partner and look forward to working more closely with them in the times ahead.

“The Chamber is a broad church with different types of businesses within its membership, including the county’s many highly successful manufacturing and engineering firms.”

REIDsteel has sponsored the Dorset Business Awards for the past three years. Its managing director Simon Boyd sits on the chamber’s board as a non-executive director. The steel company is representing the manufacturing sector in the business partner programme.

Simon said: “We may be a successful global business but our roots are very much local.

“As a leading employer and contributor to the area’s supply chain we wanted to increase our support for the chamber, the business community and the local economy.

“The chamber is a dynamic, progressive and professional organisation whose values match our own. We look forward to developing a productive and valuable relationship with the chamber and our fellow business partners.”

REIDsteel suspended operations in manufacturing and on construction sites during the coronavirus pandemic but is continuing to provide administrative, design and detailing work remotely.

The company is looking at ways it can alter working arrangements to ensure the health and safety of employees so it can get back to full productivity as quickly as possible.

Dorset Chamber is offering a wide range of support for businesses during the crisis, including the Dorset Gateway programme on behalf of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Business partners are in the top tier of the chamber’s membership programme. REIDsteel joins hot on the heels of Poole-based Mploy Staffing Solutions.

Dorset Chamber – the county’s leading business support organisation – has more than 700 members with 37,000 employers.

It has two Premier Business Partners: AFC Bournemouth and Brighter Productions.

Its Platinum Business Partners are: A-One Insurance Group, 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, Hendy, HSBC, Image Republic, ITSB, JP Morgan, Lester Aldridge, More Excelsior, Mploy, Purple HR, Ouch Training Team, PKF Francis Clark, REIDsteel, Savills and Sunseeker.