Chambers form new partnership

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THE chambers of commerce for Suffolk and Norfolk have joined forces on regional matters.

The two chambers have worked together in the past on key issues but say the new alliance takes that a step further.

The president of Suffolk chamber Dr Peter Funnell, said: “We have seen from the establishment of the New Anglia LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) that working across borders can bring new opportunities to businesses from both counties.”

Davina Tanner, Norfolk chamber’s vice president, added: “We want to constructively influence the work of our partners in the LEP and by coming together in this way will ensure the businesses we represent are heard loud and clear.”

The two chambers, while continuing to champion their own counties, will join forces to lobby on issues such as skills, infrastructure and planning.

Suffolk chamber’s chief executive John Dugmore said: “In the current challenging economic environment we also want to continue doing all we can to bring new opportunities to our members to bring in new work.”

Chambers working in partnership has been welcomed by the chairman of the New Anglia LEP Andy Woods, chief executive of Adnams brewery.

“I am encouraged at the real leadership being shown by the chambers in Suffolk and Norfolk.” he said.

“I and the board of New Anglia look forward to working more and more with the chambers to ensure the voice of industry is heard loud and clear.”