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Strategic Partners

The IED has a growing number of strategic partners. These partnerships bring shared knowledge, projects, events and other initiatives to ensure even greater value to your membership.

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Key Cities

The Key Cities Group comprises 20 of the UK’s cities. Cities with a GVA £110 billion and population of 5.6 million when combined, and ones which play a key role in their regional economy: some are centres of innovation, some are centres for production, whilst others may be the focus for trade.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. Through research, policy, collaboration and practical solutions, we aim to inspire action and change that will create a prosperous UK without poverty.

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The Rural Services Partnership (RSP)

The Rural Services Partnership (RSP) is a component of the Rural Services Network (RSN).  The RSP is the non-local government part of the RSN and works predominately with both the private and third sector service providers in rural England. Working closely with the RSN’s local authority members, the RSP is the only national champion for rural services in England.  The RSP works for the benefit of all rural sectors through a membership organisation which lobbies and advocates on behalf of rural service providers.

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North West Employers

We are a not-for-profit organisation connecting learning across the region and sharing innovation with those who need it. We work with all 41 local authorities, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and a number of joint boards. 



The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership organisation that represents the interests of over 900+ organisations. Our members deliver the majority of Britain's apprenticeships, traineeships and programmes for the unemployed.



EDAS was formed in September 1999 as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. EDAS has grown steadily from its formation until it is now established as the premier association in Scotland with over 2,500 members and offers a strong suite of services to its members and others in the profession.

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British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce sits at the heart of a unique network of businesses across the UK. We’re the only organisation that helps British businesses to build relationships on every level. Across our network, we can connect your business locally, nationally and internationally, with other businesses, with decision-makers and with opportunities. We’re also a respected voice for business.

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