Virtual Schedule 2020


How to book



Facebook Live Networking with MENTA

Free to attend, book now

Monday 5 October, 9.30 - 10am

Join us for the launch of the West Suffolk Business Festival 2020 and find out about the week's planned virtual events.

Workplace Training and Skills Roundtable

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, enquire

Tuesday 6 October, 11 - 12pm

Details TBC 

West Suffolk Manufacturing Group

This event is for manufacturing businesses only - enquire

Tuesday 6 October, 2- 4pm

The West Suffolk Manufacturing Group is a business led network that meets quarterly to share news, examples of best practice and industry knowledge to drive and champion sector-led growth in West Suffolk. 

Beautiful Minds, Uncovering Hidden Talents

Free to book from University of Suffolk

Wednesday 7 October, 12.15 - 12.45pm

A virtual Lunch n Learn session designed to raise awareness about Specific Learning Difficulties for both employers and potential employees

  Facebook Live Networking with MENTA

Free to attend, book now

 Thursday 8 October, 9.30 - 10am

These events provide a great opportunity for businesses to network informally, hear business insights from our special guest speaker and make new contacts.

Activate: Start a business using the LEAN start up method

Free to book from Hethel Innovation 

Thursday 8 October, 10 - 11am

Have you got an idea you want to turn into a reality? Using the Lean Startup Method, make it happen quicker, cheaper and more effectively

Exploring Pathways to Growth Virtual Roundtable

Free to book from New Anglia Growth Hub

Friday 9 October, 10am - 12.30pm

Details TBC

 Support for Employers: Government Funding,
Training Initiatives and Skills Development

Free to book from West Suffolk College and CBI Friday 9 October, starts at 10.30 We welcome you to join this FREE webinar where you will hear the latest
information on Government support and training initiatives to support employers

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! 

This information is correct as of 31 July 2021, 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).