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Leading law firm Lester Aldridge is the South West regional winner of the Workforce Developer category at the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards.

The Workforce Developer – Commitment to People Award is presented to a business that has shown how their approach to the learning and development of their team has enhanced their business performance. The award recognises the great emphasis and commitment that Lester Aldridge places on staff development.

The Chamber Business Awards is one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious business award programmes, recognising and promoting the best of British business through a series of regional heats. National winners will be announced mid-October and the eight category winners will be honoured at the closing of the London Stock Exchange event on 1 December with The Winner of Winners being announced.

With origins in Dorset dating back to 1796, Lester Aldridge now has offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London advising businesses and individuals regionally, nationally and internationally.

Lester Aldridge has always prided itself on focusing on the organic growth of talent with many of its current partners trained as solicitors with LA. LA’s current managing partner, Matthew Barrow, and chair, Suki Samra, both started as graduate trainees at the firm straight from university. Other partners at the firm developed from joining the firm in administration roles.

Matthew Barrow said: “I am delighted that Lester Aldridge has been honoured with such a prestigious award. We are dedicated to developing our people to reach their full potential regardless of their role or office. I am proud to see the number of people progressing and being promoted within the firm including our 20 trainee solicitors and 6 graduate solicitor apprentices. Focusing on our people ensures we grow as a business and can continue to deliver an excellent service to our clients.”

Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Lester Aldridge on winning this award. As a workplace developer, it is fantastic to see a continuing commitment to their people in an ever-changing business environment.”