News from the October 2010 Breakfast Meeting

News from the October 2010 Breakfast Meeting

18 Oct 2010

Our October breakfast meeting broke its own previous record with 34 people sitting down to another of volunteer Alison Fisher’s excellent breakfasts.

A wide variety of businesses was represented covering everything from spiritual clearing to IT support, printing, business consultancy and cleaning services and included one presentation in verse from Nigel George, following last month’s presentation in song by Allan Scott.

Former chamber membership co-ordinator Dick Calvesbert, who retired earlier in the year, maintained his reputation as “the proverbial bad penny and teller of the worst jokes” attending in his new incarnation representing CPW Computing. 

Bob Boxhall-Hunt, who is treasurer of the Rugby Club, highlighted the availability of advertising opportunities on the perimeter fence at £300 a year and also the opportunity to use the club as a venue for meetings.

Town Centre Manager Mark Strachan provided an update on the development of a Town Centre Partnership and announced a pre-Christmas event in the town being planned for December 3. 

Donna Talbot on ITFC 

This month’s presentation was given by Donna Talbot of Ipswich Town Football Club. 

The club has had an average turnover of £15.8 million for the last five years and is also a venue for networking, meetings, events, offers businesses corporate hospitality packages and even funeral wakes. 

Her presentation included some staggering statistics, including 60,000 calls per year to the ticket office, membership including long distance members in Norway and Cyprus and a 94 year-old season ticket holder. 

She highlighted the club’s community involvement through the ITFC charitable trust, which has a focus on young people and delivers activities for more than 60,000 children in Suffolk.

There is much more information about all ITFC’s events and facilities on its website:

Chairman’s Monthly Update and “Bees”

Peter Down highlighted the challenging times we are living in with the planned merger of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District councils now moving forward and the dissolution of EEDA (East of England Development Agency), reminding members that the Chamber is supporting the One East Anglia proposal for regional development.

He reported that the Stowmarket Chamber is proposing to hold an AGM from January next year and that there would be more use of e-services, reminding members that news is regularly updated on the website as well as in a quarterly e-newsletter.

 Peter’s Bees

Three Bees this month, all of them offering financial support for local initiatives.

The Stowmarket Chamber will be supporting the Town Council with sponsorship worth £350-£400 towards a new picnic table to be installed at the town’s recreation ground.

It has also drafted a leaflet for retailers in the town to give to customers reinforcing the message that their custom has helped keep money in circulation within the local economy. The leaflet will be professionally printed and the local Chamber is proposing to donate £100 towards production costs.

Finally, he offered an idea for a Christmas Gift for a good cause.  A “celebrity” Cook Book c alled Pie in the Sky has been produced with contributions from various East-Anglian based celebrities as a Christmas stocking filler by and for, East Anglian Air Ambulance. Retail price £9.99 orders can be placed via Peter.

The next breakfast meeting will be on Friday, November 19, at the Rugby Club as usual.  Further information about the Christmas lunch will be announced soon.


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