Representing You

Sarah Howard MBE, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Policy, lobbying and representation is one of the 'pillars' of the business plan of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

As a member-led organisation, Suffolk Chamber strives to use its network of decision-making contacts - including the Government - and its high reputation to represent members' views and concerns to the right people at the right time and in the right manner in order to influence policy and action.

As well as its own direct lobbying and representational efforts, Suffolk Chamber is able to leverage the influence exerted by the British Chambers of Commerce and use the definitive research data produced by our national body.

Our local and national lobbying efforts and the campaigns we are involved in include:

Bank of England panel: the Bank of England in conjunction with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce hold regular business panel meetings 

TechEast: A partnership organisation tasked with driving the expansion of the East of England's tech cluster

Transport & Infrastructure: Suffolk Chamber is involved with a number of campaigns across the county to improve local infrastructure

No More A14 Delays in Suffolk: led by the Suffolk Chamber Transport and Infrastructure group, this campaign aims to improve the Suffolk stretch of the A14

Campaign to dual the A1307: this campaign calls for the dualling of the major road joining Haverhill with Cambridge

Suffolk Business Women: this award winning networking group provides the opportunity to network, inspire and share good practice

Devolution: Suffolk Chamber is broadly supportive of the plans to give Norfolk and Suffolk more control over important local decisions

Quarterly Economic Survey: Suffolk Chamber, as an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), encourages members to complete the quarterly economic survey. This supports the BCC’s efforts to inform and lobby Government and other organisations to ensure the interests of business are heard and understood

Suffolk Business Ambassadors: This scheme aims to promote Suffolk as a business location, recruiting 100 high profile business leaders to represent our county

For more information about our policy structure please contact Nick Burfield nick@suffolkchamber.co.uk