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Running your very own restaurant, coffee shop or bar might be a dream, but you are up against huge competition, and it can be tough out there.
"After a year-and-a-half of lockdowns and an often contradictory and ever-changing advice and messaging, Suffolk’s business community is looking for certainty above anything else.
Firstly, the COVID Winter Plan needs to extend across the next six months and not only over the next three as this will avoid another cliff edge in terms of business planning.
Secondly, there needs to be crystal clear scenario planning, so that businesses can anticipate when the evidence from available COVID19 data, such as infection rates or new variants, or NHS capacity issues, is likely to necessitate a change in guidance.
Thirdly, we will be expecting a clear menu of business support measures that can be called on should companies’ usual trading arrangements have to be curtailed by Government fiat. These support mechanisms need to be announced as part of the original package and not dropped in over subsequent months.
Finally, local businesses will expect the Government to also focus on its longer-term legislative agenda, not least in improving the county’s skills pipeline in readiness for a sustainable green economy. This requires that the Government engages with a renewed purpose with Suffolk Chamber in ensuring that the needs of the county’s entrepreneurs are fully understood and embedded, not least regarding the recent reported declines in business investment.”
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s first Prestige Dinner for nearly two years proved to be a great success as almost 200 guests were entertained to broadcaster and author Clare Balding OBE’s recollections of her career and life experiences.
UK business investment is expected to decline this year despite the prospect of record economic growth, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) economic forecast.
Come and visit us at Stand 25 at the B2B exhibition on Thursday 14th October, 10am until 4pm, at Norfolk Showground.
“Preparations for the prospective new nuclear power station at Sizewell aren’t just about jam tomorrow: already numerous Suffolk businesses are benefiting at the moment from contracts awarded by the project’s parent company, EDF Energy.”
The countdown has begun! In two months, the United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, from Monday 1 – Friday 12 November.
A smart meter is the next generation of gas and electricity meter. A smart meter can automatically send your energy provider accurate and regular updates on how much gas & electricity your business uses, with the goal of giving you better control over your energy use.
One of the country’s most successful organisations charged with securing six-month work experience placements for young people has announced that the 150th position has gone live.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Suffolk County Council, the county’s FE colleges, New Anglia LEP and the borough and district councils to form the Suffolk Gateway Partnership (SGP) to support local organisations wanting to apply to the Government’s landmark Kickstart scheme.
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.
Since then, over 725 placements have been approved through the SGP for funding, with many more awaiting approval by the Department for Work & Pensions.
“When you think of all the local and regional business opportunities that will arise if and when Sizewell C is approved, those for our catering companies might not be top of the list. Yet, these are likely to be some of the very first contracts on offer, so now is the time for food businesses to register their interests”.