Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Howard, President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to be joint main sponsor of the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards. We welcome any opportunity that showcases the dynamism, optimism and the sheer brilliance of Suffolk’s wealth creators and the wider, positive, influence that business has on the social wellbeing and civic strength of our communities. Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organisation for the county that feed and powers the nation and ensures the flow of people and goods to and from Europe.
As a grassroots organisation Suffolk Chamber has a strong local presence in all the main towns and their surrounding areas in the county: Bury St Edmunds, Greater Ipswich, Haverhill & District, Lowestoft & Waveney and Newmarket & District.
Our representation in these areas means that we always have our ear to the ground, being aware of issues that impact on our members and the wider business community at the earliest opportunity. We provide four main roles:
■Business networking. Every year, our chamber staff organise over 100 events across the county including breakfast, lunch and evening formats;
■Lobbying and representation. Using our enviable contacts among ministers, MPs and senior councillors, we have been leading a number of infrastructure campaigns, including No More A14 Delays in Suffolk and dualling of the A1307 to help the business community in Haverhill;
■Skills and business support. We are involved in two schemes aimed at improving the present skills situation and overall healthiness of our business base. The New Anglia Growth Hub, managed by Suffolk Chamber on behalf of New Anglia LEP, provides free professional advice to growing businesses across two counties. Our Young Chamber Plus scheme helps schools bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work; and
■International trade. Our work in supporting firms to export has been accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. Suffolk Chamber International, the export-focused section of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, offers a number of tools aimed at improving local businesses’ export readiness and success.