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Mid Suffolk council in talks about new chamber of commerce branch


By Newsdesk Bury


Babergh District Council is now based at Endeavour House in Ipswich. (3572257)
Babergh District Council is now based at Endeavour House in Ipswich. (3572257)

Talks are underway to form a chamber of commerce in Mid Suffolk as part of a bid to better support businesses.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has been engaged in early discussions with both Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils to form a new central Suffolk branch, with the aim of meeting the specific needs of businesses in the middle of the county.

No firm plans have been made yet, but further discussions by both councils are set to take place during the autumn at their respective cabinet meetings.

Chambers of commerce are a network which act in the interests of the firms in its area, helping promote and protect them and represent them on wider issues.

Amanda Ankin, operations director at Suffolk Chamber: “As the leading business organisation in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is investigating a number of different ways in which it can further improve the support it offers to all Suffolk businesses, regardless of size or location.

“To this end, we are working with public sector partners and other business networks to maximise the voice of Suffolk’s increasingly diverse and successful business base.

“Our conversations with Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils form part of this strategy and we are looking forward to playing an ongoing role in ensuring that the business communities across central Suffolk are best placed to take advantage of future opportunities.”

While the two councils cannot formally establish a new chamber, their discussions are around how it might change support for local businesses and what a dedicated central Suffolk branch could provide.

Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for economy, said: “Since adopting our Open for Business Strategy at the start of this year, we in Mid Suffolk have been keenly exploring how to better support businesses and growth opportunities in our district.

“We’re looking at several exciting possibilities, and part of this includes a discussion exploring how the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce may increase its support for some of the business network in the central Suffolk area, which currently doesn’t have an affiliate branch of the chamber.

“These are early days, and no decision has been taken yet, but we’ve been having some really interesting discussions over the summer and will keep working on this into the autumn.”



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