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Cornwall and Nottinghamshire build commercial partnership with a difference

A joint venture business formed by Cornwall Council and Nottinghamshire County Council is pioneering a new way of delivering greater efficiencies, writes Geoff Dudley

Geoff Dudley
30 September 2016
Doug Coutts
Doug Coutts
Arthur Cooper
Arthur Cooper
Chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council Anthony May and Cornwall’s chief executive Kate Kennally launch the fleet of newly-branded Via vehicles
Chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council Anthony May and Cornwall’s chief executive Kate Kennally launch the fleet of newly-branded Via vehicles

 

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