Some exciting initiatives coming up

Some exciting initiatives coming up

22 Feb 2012


It was all about the future at February’s breakfast

34 breakfasters, sausages nicely browned and no literary gems this month although we did get some wise advice from Jonathan Steed, of Gipping Press: “Whenever you’re wrong, admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.”

There was plenty of news of new initiatives as well:

Annie Thomas, of the CLIC Sargent campaign, asked us to put on our walking shoes to raise money for children with cancer, on a 5-mile evening sponsored walk around Stowmarket to help this worthwhile cause.

It's on Saturday, April 21, starting at 8pm. Sign up and you get a T-shirt, a medal and a bacon sarnie on the night.

Find out more by contacting Annie on 01284 829090 or email her

Silvia Moncada is planning a new social enterprise venture, an academy focused on hospitality and employment for young people and people with learning difficulties - to generate jobs and offer apprenticeships, NVQs and other training.  She's looking for partners, advice and contacts, guidance on funding opportunities, advice on marketing and anyone who can help her find suitable premises.

email her: if you can help


StartUp Britain

Tim Meadows-Smith presented the ten-minute slot about the StartUp initiative, which was launched last year by Prime Minister David Cameron and has been endorsed by entrepreneurs like Richard Branson. Tim became a member of its board.

He told us that many of the organisations, like Business Link, that were available to help and support start-up businesses and entrepreneurs have fallen victim to the spending cuts.  The StartUp initiative will therefore depend heavily on local champions and Tim is now the Local Champion for East Anglia, one of the first to be recognised nationally.  StartUp in Suffolk is expected to lead the way for other local champions.

The initiative will depend on people offering their expertise as volunteer mentors and advisers, as well as lobbying local authorities about business challenges and needs and identifying empty premises that could provide starter units for new entrepreneurs. 
There is already a StartUp Suffolk group on Linked In and plans are under way for a local business conference at the next Bury Business Festival.

Have your say on the Linked In discussion group, offer to help, get involved and be inspired.


Peter’s Bees

Peter and Queen Bee had plenty of updates:




1 The new website is now live and people are urged to register their businesses. It’s free and you don’t have to be a Chamber member.  Peter congratulated those who had donated their services to getting the website ready: Tim’s company, New Media Marketing and Sales, the team at New Media Information Technologies,  Darren Guiheen, of DL Design Associates, and project co-ordinator Alison Withers, of Multimedia Reputations, who was left completely speechless after being presented with an enormous “thank you” bouquet of flowers in all her favourite colours!

2 At a meeting at Suffolk Chamber, in Ipswich, Peter learned that 29 Suffolk companies had won contracts from the Olympics 2012 organisation.

3 The Town Centre Partnership has appointed a new Town Centre Manager, Sharon Brown, a retailer with two shops called Wardrobes.

4 In addition to the Stowmarket and District Chamber’s sponsorship of the lead second violin for the May 23 concert by the new Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, two more Chamber members have also offered sponsorship.

5 The quarterly Stowmarket and District Chamber e-newsletter is expected to be published in early March and will contain more news.

6 Peter is due to attend a joint chamber forum with Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils. The next meeting will be with the new head of planning, economic development and tourism.  It is an opportunity for businesses to get their points across to “those who make the rules and regulations”. The forum will meet four times a year.

Any comments or suggestions please email Peter on:

Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact publicity officer Alison Withers:

Dates for your diary : 

next chamber breakfast at the Rugby Club

March 16

Remember the earlier start – 6.45 am!
For more information contact Keely Taylor
phone: 01449 770965
or book here 


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