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A bright and beautiful opportunity for Suffolk Chamber’s 100th Kickstarter
A bright and beautiful opportunity for Suffolk Chamber’s 100th Kickstarter
A bright and beautiful opportunity for Suffolk Chamber’s 100th Kickstarter

An Ipswich housekeeping and home cleaning service is encouraging more local SMEs to take advantage of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme having recruited the 100th live Kickstart placement organised through Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. 

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. 

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 this landmark Government scheme. 

Since then, over 640 placements have been approved through the SGP for funding, with dozens more in the pipeline.

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Peer Networks Programme back and ready to support SMEs across Suffolk & Norfolk
Peer Networks Programme back and ready to support SMEs across Suffolk & Norfolk
Peer Networks Programme back and ready to support SMEs across Suffolk & Norfolk

After huge success in 2020, the New Anglia Growth Hub is thrilled to announce that they are continuing The Peer Networks Programme into its second year.

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 Landmark skills training report calls for wide-ranging reboot of UK system – backed by Suffolk Chamber
 Landmark skills training report calls for wide-ranging reboot of UK system – backed by Suffolk Chamber
Landmark skills training report calls for wide-ranging reboot of UK system – backed by Suffolk Chamber

A major new report is calling for a root and branch reform of the UK’s training system to help businesses access the skills they need to boost productivity – a message backed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

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97 per cent of households respond to Census  2021
97 per cent of households respond to Census  2021
97 per cent of households respond to Census 2021

The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent of households across England and Wales making sure they count when it comes to local services like school places, GP surgeries and hospital beds.

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Business leaders quiz senior minister about international trade challenges and opportunities
Business leaders quiz senior minister about international trade challenges and opportunities
Business leaders quiz senior minister about international trade challenges and opportunities

Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce hosted an informative virtual event last week (22 April) for local businesses to hear from and pose questions to the Rt. Hon. Liz Truss, secretary of state for international trade.

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AWS and Tech East’s new Digital Innovation Program
AWS and Tech East’s new Digital Innovation Program
AWS and Tech East’s new Digital Innovation Program

Why AWS and Tech East’s new Digital Innovation Program promises gains for Small & Medium sized businesses in the East of England

It’s nothing new to say that digitization of businesses promises increased productivity, efficiency and customer benefits. But how in practice do you go about taking the next step?

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Manufacturers stumble, services edge forward, but most still in negative territory
Manufacturers stumble, services edge forward, but most still in negative territory
Manufacturers stumble, services edge forward, but most still in negative territory

The fragility in Suffolk’s economic recovery has been highlighted in the latest figures from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – although optimism is growing for a more prosperous future in the longer-term.

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Kickstart Scheme continuing to create opportunity for Suffolk youngsters
Kickstart Scheme continuing to create opportunity for Suffolk youngsters
Kickstart Scheme continuing to create opportunity for Suffolk youngsters

Young people across Suffolk have begun their Kickstart journey after Suffolk Chamber of Commerce supported local employers to create over 300 job placements, with more to come.

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Reopening safely - Keeping Suffolk’s retail, hospitality and leisure sector covid-19 secure
Reopening safely - Keeping Suffolk’s retail, hospitality and leisure sector covid-19 secure
Reopening safely - Keeping Suffolk’s retail, hospitality and leisure sector covid-19 secure

Suffolk Growth Partnership is working with Park City Consulting and Suffolk local authority environmental health officers to deliver four FREE webinars to support local businesses within the retail, hospitality & leisure sector prepare for safe reopening.

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Reflections from BCC Director General Adam Marshall
Reflections from BCC Director General Adam Marshall
Reflections from BCC Director General Adam Marshall

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.

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