Events 2019

Event  Venue Date Time Description
MENTA Business Show The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 1 October 9am - 4:30pm Join us and hundreds of visitors for the 2019 MENTA Business Show at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Highlights include FREE B2B exhibition with more than 70 businesses exhibiting their goods and service.

FREE Talk on how brands can win the battle for attention. Ben Southgate of HIGHBEAM will show how brands can use insight, creativity and technology to cut through to consumers and grow their sales. HIGHBEAM is an agile marketing consultancy and Ben’s informative and thought-provoking talk will inspire you to take a fresh approach to your marketing strategy.
Policy Briefing on Digital Transformation  STEM Innovation Campus, 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 STEM Innovation Campus, West Suffolk College  2 October 3pm - 5pm 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. Open only to businesses operating in the Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, please email Economic Development to enquire about joining.
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
  Drop-in Business Growth Support Best Western Heath Court Hotel, Newmarket   3 October  11am-1pm Do you run your own business and have some questions about developing your business and not sure where to turn? If so, this opportunity to speak with a dedicated Business Adviser could be just what you need!

As part of the West Suffolk Business Festival, on the 3rd October between 11am and 1pm, at the Best Western Hotel in Newmarket, an adviser from the New Anglia Growth Hub, Sam Vineyard-Jones, will be on hand to have an informal discussion with you about your business and help you answer any questions, queries or need for advice that you might be looking for.
 Future and Current Skills in the Workplace Breakfast Edmunds, West Suffolk College   4 October 7:30 - 9am Join us for breakfast to hear how developing the skills of your staff now and ready for the future can pay dividends to your business; this may be the most informative and tasty breakfast you have ever had!

You will hear about the latest and future developments in education, workplace skills and training available to businesses small and large. You will also hear from businesses and individuals who have benefited from these opportunities recently.
Inspiring the Entrepreneurs of the Future Edmunds, 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...
  Drop-in Business Growth Support  Harvey Adams Enterprise Centre, Brandon 4 October  2-4pm

Do you run your own business and have some questions about developing your business and not sure where to turn? If so, this opportunity to speak with a dedicated Business Adviser could be just what you need!

As part of the West Suffolk Business Festival, on the 4th October between 2pm and 4pm, at the Harvey Adams Centre in Brandon, Chris Sharman, an adviser from the New Anglia Growth Hub will be on hand to have an informal discussion with you about your business and help you answer any questions, queries or need for advice that you might be looking for.

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.
 Drop-in Business Growth Support West Suffolk
Council Offices, Mildenhall
 7 October 2-4pm Do you run your own business and have some questions about developing your business and not sure where to turn? If so, this opportunity to speak with a dedicated Business Adviser could be just what you need!

As part of the West Suffolk Business Festival, on the 7th October between 2pm and 4pm, at the West Suffolk Council Offices in Mildenhall, an adviser from the New Anglia Growth Hub, William Millar, will be on hand to have an informal discussion with you about your business and help you answer any questions, queries or need for advice that you might be looking for.
Tech Corridor Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Challenge   STEM Innovation Campus, 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, Bury St Edmunds  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, Bury St Edmunds 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, Bury St Edmunds 9 October 2pm - 4pm Join us for an exclusive tour of  Bury St Edmunds business, British Sugar, who are opening their doors for up to 15 businesses to come and see inside the factory that is an iconic feature of the Bury St Edmunds landscape. First come, first served - book now! 
 Fit to Bid Training Edmunds, West Suffolk College 9 October 5pm - 7.30pm Suffolk Chamber is working with a range of public partners to host workshops aimed at helping local businesses to better understand how to take advantage of local procurement processes and procedures. Join us at one of our workshops where we are delighted to be hearing from a line-up of expert speakers.
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, Bury St Edmunds      10 October 5pm - 7pm  The Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Tourism Trade Fair aims to showcase our visitor offer and allow business professionals to build connections with our tourism businesses who bring a value of £49million 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 21 October 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

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

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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