Suffolk Chamber News
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My first day as part of the Chamber of Commerce network was a sunny day in July 2009, meeting with business leaders from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay.
At that time, the UK and the world were beginning a long and complex recovery from the global financial crisis.
Today, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, has announced its ambitious plans for the Port of Lowestoft, which will help create a competitive edge for companies across the Southern North Sea (SNS) energy sector and the wider East Anglia region.
The impact of Covid 19 has been significant on Suffolk’s businesses and our local economy and as we re-open, we must all - residents, the public sector, and businesses - do our part to control the virus and prevent the spread.
As part of their response to the Covid 19 pandemic Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders established the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF), totalling £1.65m with contributions from Suffolk’s pooled business rates and New Anglia LEP.
The fund is open to projects which address the significant impact of COVID 19 on Suffolk’s businesses, employees, and our local economy. Projects must be sponsored by either a Suffolk local authority and/or NALEP.
The Sizewell C Consortium, a collection of more than 200 leading companies and organisations from across the country, has pledged £4.4bn of investment in the East of England, including £2bn in Suffolk.
As a businesswoman operating in the recruitment space and as Chair of Suffolk Business Women ensuring equality is very much part of our MD, Michelle Pollard’s, DNA. “So many companies across the country embraces equality and diversity so well and yet organisations like Suffolk Business Women still have to exist because yes, this is still an issue. More and more companies accept that they do have to change the way that they attract female candidates into certain roles and sectors” says Michelle.
Nearly 300 businesses took full advantage of a webinar last week (3 March) to better understand the local commercial opportunities on offer from Suffolk County Council’s £126m Gull Wing project in Lowestoft.
Following a successful bid to the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund, it has today been confirmed that Lowestoft will be offered £24.9 million to invest in the regeneration of the town, driving economic growth and acting as a catalyst for future investment.
“In response to multiple attacks and subsequent public enquiries, the UK has launched an 18 week consultation period on the “Protect Duty”. It is proposed that this duty will provide legislation to promote Counter Terrorist (CT) protective measures in publicly assessible locations (PALs) and will place an emphasis on site operators and Local Authorities to ensure that suitable, proportionate CT measures are in place to protect the public.
Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is calling for local businesses to sign its pledge, committing to support better gender equality in the workplace.
A further 16 rapid testing centres for COVID-19 are to open in Suffolk, bringing the total number of centres to 28.
The sites are planned to open over the next two weeks in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Debenham, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Eye, Holbrook, Needham Market, Elmswell, Hadleigh, Nayland and Brandon - serving more rural communities across the county.