Events 2016

Event Location Date Time Description
Menta Brunch Means Business The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 4 October 2016 11am Robert Hughes of Hughes Electrical speaking on “Why all profit is not equal”   
Menta Trade Fair The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 4 October 2016 12pm The 8th annual Menta Trade Fair opens the festival with over 100 exhibitors, free Google training, Business funding clinics and many more opportunities. A free to attend event.
Menta Drinks & Canapes Celebration The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 4 October 2016 6pm  Join us to celebrate a successful Menta Trade Fair and the launch of the Business Festival. With networking, music and drinks it's a great way to round off celebrating with other local businesses.
RAF Mildenhall Future Options Consultation Event British Racing School, Newmarket 5 October 8am Join us for this breakfast event to explore the future options for RAF Mildenhall with speakers from Forest Heath District Council, Cushman & Wakefield and the Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce.
Grants For Growing Businesses The Jockey Club, Newmarket 5 October 2016 2:30pm Learn about business grants which may be able to help with the costs of expansion, introduction of new goods or services or to support additional staff training.
Apprenticeship Networking Event and Lunch West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds 5 October 2016 12pm A networking lunch with an update on the new Apprenticeship Standards and the Apprenticeship Levy plus Employer inputs.
Differentiation in Marketing St. Johns Innovation Centre, Cambridge 6 October 2016 8am Breakfast networking event aimed at B2B business owners, directors and marketing managers.
Everyone Owns Intellectual Property Denny Bros, Bury St Edmunds 6 October 2016 9am An overview of intellectual property, how it can impact on SMEs, and how to protect their assets.
Creativity & Innovation West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds 6 October 2016 9am Learn how to release creativity and new forms of collaboration to drive innovation. A short talk followed by a Lego problem solving technique. To book please e-mail
Using Facebook to Build Your Brand & Secure Business - Masterclass Menta, Bury St Edmunds 6 October 2016 9:30am Eileen Brown of Amastra will show you how social media can enhance your business. Book your ticket £30.
Understanding Social Media for Business - Masterclass Menta, Bury St Edmunds 6 October 2016 1:30pm Eileen Brown of Amastra will show you how social media can enhance your business. Book your ticket £30
Bank of England Breakfast West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds 7 October 2016 7:30am  Join us for an update from Tim Pike, Deputy Agent for South East and East Anglia at Bank of England, who will update on latest economic forecasts.
Understanding Balance Sheets & Profit and Loss - Masterclass Menta, Bury St Edmunds 7 October 2016 9:30am Gain the skills and tools you need to make better financial decisions for you business. Book your ticket £30.
Impress Your Clients - Business Support Briefing Live Webinar 7 October 2016 12pm Calling all client facing professionals from bankers to accountants, lawyers to mentors. This 30 minute webinar will provide you with the key information on the business support landscape, including an overview of grants available in Norfolk and Suffolk, to help you advise your clients.
Helping Businesses Plan Through Their Lifecycle Menta, Bury St Edmunds 10 October 2016 Various 4 sessions veering starting up, growth phase, takovers and selling your business with input from entrepeneurs talking about their journeys. 10am-11am, 12pm-1pm, 2pm-3pm, 4pm-5pm.
Let’s Talk People - Seminar The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 11 October 2016 9am This free seminar will give you lots of ideas of how to grow and expand your business with staff, freelancers, contractors and apprentices.
Understanding International SEO Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Bury St Edmunds 11 October 2016 9am Internationalising your website can be the ideal first step to gaining more business from overseas.
Robo-Cropping - The Potential For precision Robotics In Arable Agriculture. TBC, Cambridge 11 October 2016 4pm The potential for precision robotics in arable agriculture.
Making the Media Work for You - Masterclass Menta, Bury St Edmunds 12 October 2016 9:30am Journalist Ian Evans will guide you through how to write a punchy press release. Book your ticket £30
Suffolk Chamber Lunch Granary Barns, Newmarket 12 October 2016 11:30am Join us to hear the story of exceptional Suffolk company GoApe from Jerome Mayhew, Managing Director.
Creating Your Marketing Plan West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds 13 October 2016 9am Tim Boutle will guide you through all aspects of marketing.
Coffee Means Business The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 13 October 2016 9:30am Relaxed, informal business networking for all local businesses.
How to Get International Website Sales Safely and Securely The Priory Hotel, Bury St Edmunds 13 October 2016 7pm A series of speakers followed by lunch and networking. (£20 for FSB members. £25 for non-members).
Bury Free Press Business Awards The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 14 October 2016 7pm The fifth Bury Free Press Business Awards to recognise the individuals and companies who excel.

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 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, 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).