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.
This was the second of the Suffolk Business Ambassadors’ Showcasing Suffolk’s Assets events. Working together with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Invest in Suffolk, which was launched by Suffolk County Council over two years ago, has recruited over 100 high profile business leaders and professionals to become Suffolk Business Ambassadors.
The idea behind the Showcasing Suffolk’s assets events is to give the Ambassadors in-depth insights into as many of the county’s key industries to allow them to better represent Suffolk to outside companies thinking of locating or re-locating here.
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and a Suffolk Business Ambassador himself, said “thanks to Associated British Ports we had a first-hand opportunity to better appreciate the sheer scale and complexity of the operations here at the Port of Ipswich.
“I’m sure that like me everyone who took the time to join the tour will be both impressed by the Port’s contribution to the Suffolk and the country’s economy and will be well-placed to talk about this key part of the Suffolk success story.”
Andrew Harston, regional director, Short Sea Ports said “In the week that the Port of Ipswich was confirmed by the Department for Transport as the UK number one port for agricultural exports once again, we were delighted to showcase Ipswich and explain the complimentary role our port plays to the Port of Felixstowe.
“Whilst Felixstowe is the UK’s leading container port, Ipswich provides a vital role for the agricultural, construction, forest products and recycling business sectors in Suffolk with Associated British Ports investing £12million in the last three years on new warehouses, equipment and sustainable electricity generation at Ipswich”.