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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 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. 

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking lunch event on 12th October at Granary Barns just outside Newmarket at which Jerome Mayhew, managing director of Go Ape will be speaking. 

The event is part of this year’s West Suffolk Business Festival. 

Go Ape was launched in Thetford Forest in 2002 offering outdoor adventure breaks. It now owns 31 sites in the UK, plus another 15 in the USA. It has diversified into indoor trampoline parks and Segway Safari and as a result the company now employs over 1000 staff and its turnover has grown from £4m to £30m. 

Jerome will be talking about how the company’s basic philosophy of encouraging others to have a go and be more adventurous reflects its own business strategy and culture.

Jerome Mayhew explained “we have been lucky enough to grow an enjoyable and exciting business with our headquarters being based in the heart of Suffolk.  I am happy to come clean about my mistakes and wrong turnings whilst describing the culture that has kept us focussed on adventurous growth."

Sarah Howard MBE, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said “the Festival is a showcase of the dynamism, inventiveness and sheer energy that courses through the business community in this part of the county. 

“Jerome and Go Ape are the epitome of such values and I’m looking forward to hearing the ups and downs of running such a fast-paced and adventurous business.” 

Information about Go Ape can be found here:



Article by Suffolk Chamber