Events 2019

Event  Venue Date Time Description
MENTA Business Show The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 1 October 9am - 4:30pm Meet over 70 creative and innovative business exhibitors at the free MENTA Business Show.
Policy Briefing on Digital Transformation  West Suffolk College  2 October  9am - 11.30am  Digital transformation is a key route to unlocking productivity. Your business could benefit from enhanced customer-retention, cost savings and improved employee engagement. Join the CBI's Head of Innovation to find out more! 
 West Suffolk Manufacturing Group West Suffolk College 2 October 3pm - 5pm The West Suffolk Manufacturing Group is a network that meets quarterly to share news, examples of best practise and industry knowledge to businesses operating in the Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. To join, please email Economic Development.
Coffee Means Business Nine Jars, Haverhill 3 October   9.30am - 11.30am Join us for networking and business conversation with Coffee Means Business - it's relaxed, informal business networking for all local businesses. No membership fee, no pressure to book ahead, just simple networking over coffee
 Lean Thinking West Suffolk House, Western Way 3 October 2pm - 5pm Better productivity is one of the most important goals of any business, regardless of the industry you work in. Lean is a methodology that was born in manufacturing but one that can benefit any businesses. In Lean Thinking, we aim to increase the value of a business, and reduce waste across the board, meaning your business becomes more efficient!
Inspiring the Entrepreneurs of the Future West Suffolk College 4 October 10.30am - 12.30pm            Come and get inspired by some of West Suffolk's brilliant entrepreneurs with a series of short talks detailing their experiences in setting up and running successful businesses. Then, join MENTA for free taster workshops on social media, marketing and making those first steps away from a traditional 9-5pm...
Design Thinking Denny Bros Conference Suites, Bury St Edmunds          7 October 10-1pm This is an opportunity to learn the basics of Design Thinking, where the creation of products and services is focused on the human
at the end of it! Design Thinking approaches business by acknowledging that the
customer is human, that they have thoughts and feelings, pains and gains, and want different things from different products.
Tech Corridor Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Challenge   STEM Centre, West Suffolk College  8 October     9am - 6pm 17 Goals - 1,000s of opportunities
to create new ideas and make an impact!

The Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor aims to connect ideas, people and opportunities to work together and support sustainable economic growth across the region.

Our Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Challenge brings together the brightest minds from
across the region in a one-day ‘hackathon’ to conceptualise solutions that will address real business challenges and opportunities and help achieve the
Sustainable Development Goals. 
Digivation Active Business Centre  8 October 10-4pm      Join us to hear from businesses on how accessing
creative digital through the University of Suffolk has enhanced their business offering and helped them innovate, and thrive.
Suffolk Chamber Networking Lunch Ashlar House, Bury St Edmunds 8 October 11.30am - 2pm We are delighted to be joined by Chief Executive Officer & Senior Safeguarding Lead at Suffolk FA, Richard Neal at our October networking lunch. Richard will be sharing with delegates the importance of feeling part of something to motivate and bring happiness to your team and to ultimately boost productivity.
Google Digital Garage The Athenaeum 9 October 9-2pm Signpost 2 Grow (Cambridgeshire Growth Hub) is proud to work
with West Suffolk Council to organise a Google Garage event at The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds as part of the West Suffolk Business Festival.

West Suffolk is one of the fastest growing places outside London, attracting investment and a diverse portfolio of industries and ample
business opportunities. This event by Google Garage will bring together over 150 local SMEs to accelerate business growth across the area through networking, business support and keynote speaker sessions.

We are delighted that global giant, Google will be keynote speakers at this event event, delivering engaging and insightful master classes for the benefit of businesses.
Tour of British Sugar British Sugar, Eastern Way 9 October 2pm - 4pm TBC
 Fit to Bid Training West Suffolk College, Edmunds 9 October 5pm - 7.30pm TBC
Coffee Means Business The Cricket Pavillion, Bury St Edmunds 10 October     9.30am - 11.30am Join us for networking and business conversation with Coffee Means Business - it's relaxed, informal business networking for all local businesses. No membership fee, no pressure to book ahead, just simple networking over coffee.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
in the Workplace 
 West Suffolk College 10 October 1-3pm Join West Suffolk College for a series of talks and open discussion, led by business directors and focussing on improving productivity by recognising the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Tourism Trade Fair The Athenaeum      10 October 5pm - 7pm  The Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Bringing Tourism Together Trade Fair aims to showcase our visitor offer and allow business professionals to build connections with our tourism businesses who bring a value of £47million a year to the local economy!
Bury Free Press Business Awards The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 11 October 7pm - Late The annual Bury Free Press Business Awards showcasing the best in business and people from the length and breadth of West Suffolk
This information is correct as of 17 July 2019, please check website for any additional information.

Key Business Locations


Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds is an attractive, unspoilt historic market town, centrally placed in the East of England. The A14 connects the town to the UK and the major port of Felixstowe, and Stansted and Norwich international airports only 50 miles away. It has a diverse range of businesses and employers spread throughout the town, as well as 12 business parks and industrial estates. The town's future business growth will primarily be focused at Suffolk Business Park which is 68 hectares of allocated employment land on the eastern side of Bury St Edmunds.

The town has maintained a strong trading position and benefited from £100 million of inward investment in the form of the arc, a stunning extension to the retail core of Bury St Edmunds that opened 5 years ago and moved the town into the top 150 retail rankings.



Haverhill was originally a Victorian manufacturing town and is the fourth largest town in Suffolk. Its proximity to Cambridge has enabled the town to attract interest from high-tech and pharmaceutical businesses in recent years. Haverhill sits just 18 miles from Cambridge,21 miles from Stansted Airport and is the UK's bulk manufacturing base of Sanofi as well as Sigma Aldrich, Culina and International Flavours and Fragrances.

Haverhill is well and truly open for business with a number of business parks and industrial estates. The town's future business growth will be focused at Haverhill Business Park and Haverhill Research Park.



Newmarket, famous globally as the international home of horseracing, has one of the largest groups of horseracing yards, trainers and international bio-science related firms in the world.  Sitting on the A14, Newmarket is just 18 miles from Cambridge and 33 miles from Stansted Airport.

In recent years Newmarket’s close proximity to Cambridge, as well as its expertise in the bio-science sector, has attracted hi-tech business alongside advanced engineering, manufacturing and service-related industries.



Mildenhall, situated alongside the A11, is just 24 miles from Cambridge and 45 miles from both Norwich and Stansted airports.  The town is home to RAF Mildenhall, one of the largest United States Air Force bases in Europe.  Procurement contracts from the airbases, including nearby RAF Lakenheath, offer significant opportunities (worth more than £30 million last year).