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Local businesses urged to Go Ape at West Suffolk business festival event
Local businesses urged to Go Ape at West Suffolk business festival event
Local businesses urged to Go Ape at West Suffolk business festival event

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.

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Suffolk Business Ambassadors get behind the Port of Ipswich success story
Suffolk Business Ambassadors get behind the Port of Ipswich success story
Suffolk Business Ambassadors get behind the Port of Ipswich success story

Over a dozen of the county’s leading business people charged with encouraging more inward investment into Suffolk had a chance to look around Associated British Ports’ Ipswich operations earlier this week.

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“Top table” chance to quiz Matt Hancock “another benefit of Suffolk Chamber membership”

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.

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“Well-informed lobbying works” as Hollands Road Industrial Estate gets superfast broadband

Over 150 businesses on the Hollands Road Industrial Estate in Haverhill are celebrating this week with the news that they all now should have access to superfast broadband. This means these companies will no longer be held back by substandard phone and web infrastructure and puts in place another piece in the jigsaw aimed at encouraging further inward investment into the town.

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West Suffolk business get chance to hear about devolution deal
West Suffolk business get chance to hear about devolution deal
West Suffolk business get chance to hear about devolution deal

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.

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Statement from John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on the Government's delay to Hinkley Point C

“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.

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Ipswich Lowestoft & Waveney West Suffolk
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Statement from John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on today’s EDF Energy board meeting

"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. 

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Ipswich Lowestoft & Waveney West Suffolk
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Digital infrastructure ambitions “need to be raised to help Suffolk businesses grow”
Digital infrastructure ambitions “need to be raised to help Suffolk businesses grow”
Digital infrastructure ambitions “need to be raised to help Suffolk businesses grow”

“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. 

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Ipswich Lowestoft & Waveney West Suffolk
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Suffolk Chamber duo selected for seats at top table
Suffolk Chamber duo selected for seats at top table
Suffolk Chamber duo selected for seats at top table

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.

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Ipswich Lowestoft & Waveney West Suffolk
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No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign: send us your experiences

The campaign set up to persuade the Government to include much-needed improvements to the  A14 in Suffolk in its next road building programme has put out the call for anyone affected by delays on this road to share their experiences to build up evidence of the impact that delays are having on residents and businesses.

The first Strategy Board of the No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign met last Friday (July 1st) at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Ipswich headquarters. Chaired by Therese Coffey MP the meeting was attended by a wide range of organisations, including businesses, councils, local enterprise partnerships and representatives from Highways England.

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Ipswich Lowestoft & Waveney West Suffolk
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