Suffolk Chamber News
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Highways England will be hosting a series of roadshows to engage with road users and local communities about upcoming road maintenance and minor improvement works beginning in autumn 2017.
The roadshows will take place during the week commencing 14th August 2017.
The Southern North Sea Conference & Exhibition hosted by EEEGR, is the most important event for the energy sector in the East of England.
EEEGR's two day flagship event will be the largest conference and exhibition they have ever delivered attracting upwards of 700 delegates from across the industry and supply chain.
Local businesses have the chance to hear at first-hand the incredible journey of a local company that has become an international success story – by being really adventurous.
Nearly two dozen senior businesspeople from across west Suffolk took full advantage of their recent attendance at a business dinner to get to the heart of key issues by quizzing Matt Hancock, West Suffolk MP and the Minister for Digital and Culture.
Over 50 businesspeople from across west Suffolk seized the chance to find out more about the Suffolk and Norfolk devolution deal at a consultation meeting held at West Suffolk College last Friday (July 29th).
Organised by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), businesses heard about the plans to take away powers – including infrastructure and housing strategy - from Whitehall and give them to more local decision-makers in the form of a mayor and a combined authority.
“Since the Brexit vote, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has been urging Government to boost business confidence by accelerating its approval of major infrastructure projects.
“Suffolk Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Board of EDF's approval of the final investment decision on Hinkley Point C. This could have helped to unlock further progress for Sizewell C. However, the UK Government’s decision to review the project is unhelpful and counter-productive. It creates unnecessary uncertainty among Suffolk’s business community at a time when they need and deserve a boost.
"Suffolk Chamber of Commerce believes that the nuclear industry has been good for the county’s economy. It has been good for Suffolk thanks to both the jobs created directly and indirectly and in terms of investment in the skills base of the local workforce over many decades.
“The building of a new nuclear power station would boost our economy both during construction and once it is up and running. We have been working closely with EDF Energy through our local supply chain website to ensure that as many local businesses have a chance to pick up contracts as possible should Sizewell C get the go-ahead.
“This is a good report that has nailed the nature of the problem, but its solutions need to be more ambitious to truly help local businesses grow and succeed. Despite the welcome achievements of Better Broadband in Suffolk many of our businesses still face a long wait for superfast connectivity whilst also frustrated by the stubborn persistence of 3G mobile ‘not spots’.”
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce was responding to the publication earlier in the week of the connectivity report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Reflecting the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s growing national standing within the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network, two of the most experienced members of its team have been elected today (July 13th) to senior positions within the national organisation.
Suffolk Chamber President, Sarah Howard MBE, is joining the BCC’s board and becomes Chair of the UK Accreditation Board. Suffolk Chamber’s Chief Executive John Dugmore also joins the UK Accreditation Board.