The Central Suffolk forum allows Chamber members in the area to come together and discuss local opportunities and issues.
Update 25 October - Chamber visits energy from waste plant
Suffolk Chamber members in Central Suffolk visited the energy from waste plant at Great Blakenham. Chamber members gained a better understanding of why the plant incinerates Suffolk's non-recyclable waste to generate electricity, rather than sending it to landfill.
Before a tour of the plant, Chamber members discussed the future direction of Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils with Councillor Andrew Mellen, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council. Chamber members also discussed the importance of social value and how Suffolk businesses are creating social value for communities across Suffolk.
View the two presentations here:
Update 25 April - Chamber focuses on food and the rural economy
Suffolk Chamber in Central Suffolk Forum met for the first time at the Food Museum in Stowmarket on 18th April to discuss support for central Suffolk's rural economy.
The event included a short tour of the 84 acre museum site and Jenny Cousins, Director of the Food Museum and Suffolk Chamber board member spoke about the important role the museum plays in creating better understanding of where food comes from.
Arthur Charvonia, chief executive of Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils briefed the Forum on the ways in which the councils are supporting the rural economy in central Suffolk and responded to issues and questions raised by Forum attendees.
Dr Peter Funnell, Suffolk Chamber in Central Suffolk Chair and Director of Oakmere Solutions said 'The Food Museum was the ideal place to meet to discuss central Suffolk's rural economy. It was clear that chamber members are keen to work with partners like the district councils to strengthen the central Suffolk economy, improving local skills and supporting cultural and visitor attractions like the Food Museum.
Links and information about some of the Forum topics
Innovate to Elevate: Babergh & Mid Suffolk. Businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk can apply to take part in a fully-funded business accelerator programme to work with the University of Essex to take the next steps towards innovation.
The immediate campaign objectives of the A14 Growth Corridor campaign group are to:
- persuade the Department for Transport to back the business voice and support the more ambitious option to improve Copdock Interchange
- land funding to upgrade Haughley Junction as the first-step in investing in the wider Ely area network programme
- ensure the county’s political leadership and planning system are ready for the corridor to be national leader in 5G infrastructure
‘We believe that a prosperous, confident and well-connected Ipswich will boost Suffolk as a whole. We back a city status bid that embraces an evidenced and inclusive approach, bringing together all communities in support. We hope that an Ipswich city would attract better levels of inward investment, higher paid jobs, more domestic and overseas students and a greater tourist footfall.’