Suffolk Chamber News
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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) responds to the announcement of the new UK approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
ABP’s Port of Ipswich is again the number one for the export of agricultural products in the UK, beating London, Bristol and Southampton to claim the title it has held since 2005. On the 14th July 2021, the Department for Transport published the UK port freight statistics for the UK, reporting that ABP’s Port of Ipswich shipped 516,000 tonnes of agricultural products in 2020, which is higher than the 500,000 tonnes shipped by London. In total the Port of Ipswich exported 21% of UK major ports’ outwards agricultural products tonnage last year.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has announced a significant investment in its team to encourage as many local and regional businesses to be as well prepared as possible for the many commercial opportunities arising from the new nuclear power station to be built on the county’s coast.
With a shared cultural history linked to the sea, beautiful beaches, historic buildings and bordered by the unique Broads National Park, Great Yarmouth Borough and East Suffolk Councils have joined forces for an exciting bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.
Announced today, their bid aims to showcase the region’s rich and multi-layered culture, its diversity, its people and their creativity, experiences, buildings and landscapes, opening them up to be enjoyed and engaged with by all and creating a cultural legacy for future generations.
One of Britain's greatest living and controversial artists, Maggi Hambling CBE, has given the special gift of a painting to GeeWizz, Suffolk-based children’s charity, which is being raffled online until Saturday 17th July 2021. The oil on canvas painting, Sunrise, was painted by Hambling in 2020, and measures 10 x 12 inches, with framed dimensions 14 ¼ x 16 inches.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, part of the Suffolk Gateway Partnership – the county’s premier Kickstart organisation - has joined hundreds of local organisations in hiring its own Kickstarter.
Launched last summer, Kickstart is a £2 billion fund set up by the Government to create hundreds of thousands of high quality six-month work placements. It is aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
There is uncertainty about the breadth and depth about the pace of Suffolk’s immediate economic recovery as revealed in the latest figures from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – although optimism remains for a more prosperous future in the longer-term.
Reflecting the growing importance of the ‘human element’ in securing the county’s long-term sustainable prosperity, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has launched its new People & Skills Group (PSG).
Chaired by Richard Brame, managing director of Ipswich-based insurance giant Willis Towers Watson, the PSG is open to Suffolk Chamber members by invitation and currently includes representatives from a wide range of interested businesses, public sector organisations, all of the county’s FE colleges and the University of Suffolk.
With thousands of employees now likely to make a return to a ‘physical workspace’ over the coming months, what legacy shift might we see in terms of how work-life balance is acknowledged from both staff and employer perspective?
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce five new appointments to its Suffolk Business Women board from the worlds of shipping, mental health support, insurance, education, and business software.