Events 2018

Event  Venue Date Time Description
MENTA Business Show The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 2 October 9am - 4:30pm Meet over 70 creative and innovative business exhibitors at the free MENTA Business Show. Book to hear Gerald Ratner and network over brunch. Arrange tickets for Talking Heads when Jesse Quin of Old Jet, Jason Carter of HOAX, designer, Brie Harrison and Peter Hampel of EdenLAB will be in conversation with broadcaster, Nick Pandolfi.
Women In Business Seminar Lanwades Hall, Nr Newmarket 3 October    9am - 12.15pm (followed by optional light lunch & networking) Key women in creating and managing successful Suffolk
businesses and in public office will be coming together to speak at this
seminar, to discuss Innovation in Tech, Challenging Stereotypes in
Business and Women in Public Office. 
 The Future Faster with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

#GrowingSuffolk
West Suffolk College, Gateway Building 3 October 2pm - 4pm Do you want to grow your company, explore and develop new strategic and commercial avenues but need additional time, skills and knowledge?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships introduce you to the right knowledge, expertise as well as funding through Innovate UK. Hear also about a Suffolk company that has benefited from a KTP with University of Suffolk.
 Shape the Future of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor

Hethel Engineering Centre, Norwich

Or

The Bradfield Centre, Cambridge

4 October or 9 October

9am - 11am

or

9:30am - 11:30am

This inaugural Tech Corridor stakeholder meeting is an opportunity for technology-led businesses and organisations to learn about our vision for the Tech Corridor and be part of developing the narrative for the Tech Corridor, identify key threats and opportunities for businesses in the Tech Corridor and set the agenda of activities for the coming months and years.

These sessions will be led by the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor team and international marketing and emerging technology experts. Join us on the 4th or 9th to shape the future for technology-led growth in the Tech Corridor!
MENTA Coffee Means Business Baythorne Hall, Haverhill 4 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
 West Suffolk NAAME Manufacturing Group Launch Edmunds, West Suffolk College  4 October

4pm - 7pm

 Join us for the launch of the West Suffolk NAAME Manufacturing Group, aiming to bring together like minded and ambitious manufacturers and engineers, to share best practise, success, and innovative solutions.
Bank of England Breakfast Edmunds, West Suffolk College 5 October 7:30am - 9:30am Join us to hear from the Bank of England on the local and national economy, as well as current challenges and implications for the future
Business Seminar West Suffolk College 8 October 2:45pm - 4:45pm 7 Keys To Business Success with Stephen Unwin. To book your place, please email training@wsc.ac.uk with the details of the course you'd like to book onto.
Business Seminar West Suffolk College 9 October 2pm - 4pm Establishing a Franchise with Suzanne MacDonald-Carr. To book your place, please email training@wsc.ac.uk with the details of the course you'd like to book onto.
 Fall Into Funding Forest Heath District Council, Mildenhall 9 October 10am-2pm Join New Anglia Growth Hub and University of Suffolk for bookable drop in sessions where you can find out all you need to know about funding and support for your business to thrive and grow.  
Unleashing Innovation with Lou Palfreyman Green Duck  10 October 9am - 5pm  It’s a crazy, unpredictable, inspiring and complex world out there where ‘Business-As-Usual’ no longer cuts it. But for those that can harness their creativity, and unleash their innovation potential, a white-water playground full of juicy opportunities is just waiting to be grabbed! This fast-paced, highly pragmatic workshop will introduce you to the mindset, behaviours and ‘never fails’ toolkit to help you navigate these challenging times, create huge competitive advantage and accelerate your results.
Electric Innovation - Cars, Power and Storage Denny Brothers, Bury St Edmunds 10 October 11am-3pm Meet industry leaders in the
development of  Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicle Charging
Infrastructure, Solar PV and Energy Storage.  Electric vehicle
manufacturers will offer test drives and myth busting advice to assist your company in making the initial leap to an electric fleet. Exhibition stands and presentations will run throughout this session. Register your interest to receive a full programme of the event: contact Luke Simpkin on 01284 757677 or luke.simpkin@westsuffolk.gov.uk 
 MENTA Coffee Means Business Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club 11 October  9:30 - 11:30  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. We are delighted to be joined by Paul Maskall, Cyber Security and Privacy Consultant of Jungo, speaking on "Our Relationship with Tech".
 Business Seminar West Suffolk College  11 October  9:30am - 12pm  Resilience Training with
Julie Towns. To book your place, please email training@wsc.ac.uk with the details of the course you'd like to book onto.
Bringing Tourism Together 
Trade Fair
Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds 11 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 12 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

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

Haverhill was originally a Victorian manufacturing town and is the fifth 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

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

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).

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