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The East Suffolk forum allows Chamber members in the area to come together and discuss local opportunities and issues.

The meeting began with Nigel Slator Managing Director of our hosts Cogent Technology welcoming Chamber members and guests to Cogent’s state of the art premises in Felixstowe with an overview of the company and a tour of the production facility. 

Jennifer Cushion, Managing Director of Fern Communications and Chair of Suffolk Chamber in East Suffolk, then introduced Simon Papworth, Strategy and Policy Manager, Freeport East.  Freeport East is focused on improving the performance of trade and investment in the entire Freeport area (which extends over large parts of Suffolk and North East Essex) – not just businesses located on the Freeport tax sites.

Ashley Shorey-Mills, Head of Sizewell C Supply Chain Engagement, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce then spoke about the supply chain initiative and emphasised the importance of the Supply Chain in Suffolk, as construction will result in £billions being spent that will benefit the local economy.  Ashley also emphasised that there were economic opportunities beyond Sizewell C construction.  These include a legacy of knowledge of design, engineering and construction that can be used to win contracts for other nuclear projects.

Toby Warren, Senior Policy Officer at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce gave a presentation about Social Value and its importance for Suffolk businesses.  

Please let us know by email your thoughts and suggestions for future East Suffolk forum meetings. We welcome suggestions about venues, topics and times for meetings.



Freeport East - Simon Papworth

Sizewell C Supply Chain - Ashley Shorey-Mills

Social Value - Toby Warren

The Suffolk Chamber in East Suffolk Forum has met East Suffolk Council's new Chief Executive and Head of Economic Development and Regeneration to find out more about the Lowestoft Town Deal, other investment projects in the Lowestoft area and business support provided by East Suffolk’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation.

Chris Bally, East Suffolk Council Chief Executive said 'As a relatively new chief executive it was good to meet with Suffolk Chamber members to update them on what the council and its partners, including the Chamber, are doing to transform Lowestoft'.

Paul Wood, East Suffolk Council Head of Economic Development and Regeneration said 'Suffolk Chamber play a key part in the economic development and regeneration of Lowestoft. The forum meeting showed that local businesses are very committed to making Lowestoft an even better place.’

Jennifer Cushion, Managing Director of Fern Communications and Chair of the Suffolk Chamber in East Suffolk Forum said 'Our forum meeting provided valuable information about how local businesses can benefit from investment in Lowestoft and how they can help to create new job opportunities for Lowestoft residents. We look forward to meeting Chris and Paul on a regular basis so that we can continue to identify ways in which businesses can support economic development in Lowestoft and other parts of East Suffolk'.

Matthew Waters (Chair)

Partner, Lovewell Blake

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