PARTNERSHIPS WITHIN DORSET

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We work with multifarious partners within Dorset to promote Dorset and drive our economy.

Dorset AONB
The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers almost half of Dorset and is part of a family of nationally important protected landscapes. The Dorset AONB Partnership is made up of several groups representing local and environmental interests; local landowners, businesses, environment groups, and local authority representatives; and also various governmental organisations. These groups are represented on the Dorset AONB Partnership Board, which meets twice a year.

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Communications Forum

A partnership of communications officers across local authorities and Dorset LEP.

Cultural Enquiry

We are involved in shaping a new creative future by looking at the role culture plays in people’s lives and exploring the opportunity for a long-term cultural vision for all our communities.


Three Councils, two Universities, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, a Symphony Orchestra and a major venue have come together, supported by Arts Council England to develop a long-term vision for culture at the heart of the UK’s newest City region. 
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Dorset Business Alliance

Dorset Business Alliance is a strategic partnership between Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Institute of Directors and Dorset LEP.

Dorset Coast Forum

The Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) is an independent strategic coastal partnership, which looks at the long term, broad-scale issues facing the Dorset coast and its inshore waters. The overriding aim of the forum is to promote a sustainable approach to the management, use and development of Dorset’s coastal zone to ensure that its inherent natural and cultural qualities are maintained and enhanced for the benefit of future generations. Established in 1995, DCF has a strong network of over 1,000 members from over 260 organisations.
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Dorset Cyber Alliance
Dorset Cyber Alliance is a group of business leaders, public service managers, academics, skilled professionals and interested citizens. Our Board and advisory group have access to international expertise as well as local knowledge of cyber security implementation.
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Dorset EMC

DEMC aims to provide an information hub and forum for collaboration by:

  • Helping to raise the profile of the engineering and manufacturing sector and the work of companies within Dorset in particular to drive productivity and growth
  • Developing supply chain opportunities in order to increase market share
  • Providing an opportunity to network and collaborate through a programme of events and workshops
  • Supporting solutions to underpin workforce development, skills, training and apprentice schemes
  • Identifying ways of working with education providers and research organisations to drive innovation
  • Provide information on access to business support, market intelligence, finance and funding

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Dorset Local Nature Partnership

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) originate from the Government’s Natural Environment White Paper 2011, ‘The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature’.  In the paper the Government recognised the importance of partnership work in delivering positive environmental change at a local level. The aim of the resulting LNPs is to work within their local area, creating positive change through strategic, integrated management of the natural environment.

LNPs involve a broad range of stakeholders who are able to work with and influence decision makers, ensuring that the value of the natural environment is embedded in the local decision-making process.
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Joint Asset Management Board (JAM)

This, group composed of estate and property managers for public sector organisations operating across Dorset, identifies common aims in line with One Public Estate best practice.

Silicon South

Silicon South is an ambitious not-for-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in Dorset – one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe. Set up in 2013 by an energetic group of digital industry specialists and supporters, it has grown to become not only a support organisation for the area but a moniker for the vibrant and inspiring Dorset region.

As an organisation, Silicon South delivers projects, manages investment, nurtures new talent, and encourages cross-industry collaboration to make Dorset the best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive. As a place Silicon South is a bustling economy of passionate and motivated digital and creative organisations who punch well above their weight on a global scale. It is a hot bed for start-ups, scale-ups and multinationals to set up, thrive and expand.
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Smart City Consortium

The Smart Place Research & Development Consortium, which includes major private sector technology partners, local authorities, local universities, Dorset LEP, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health Dorset, has been formed to accelerate the region’s Smart Place programme that will enable productivity, drive innovation across the region and generate value for people, business and place. [link]

Strategic Housing Group

This group brings together local authorities enablers and planners, developing Housing Partnerships and Homes England and focuses on common aims and issues in housing development.

Strategic Planning Forum (SPF)

A joint strategic committee composed of council members from Dorset's local authorities. The group's focus is strategic cross-boundary matters, providing a forum for the councils to engage constructively under their duty to co-operate.

Strategic Planning Policy Managers Forum (SPPMF)

This group includes planning policy managers from Dorset's local authorities to work on cross-boundary strategic and policy issues. This group feeds into and supports strategic planning policy and is responsible for co-ordinating the work of the local authorities, monitoring progress of local plan preparation across the area and to provide advice and information to the Strategic Planning Forum.