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Despite tough economic conditions, sponsors continue to show strong support for Suffolk’s leading business exhibition.

The Suffolk Business Exhibition 2012, taking place on Wednesday 25th April at Trinity Park Conference Centre in Ipswich, is organised by ISSBA (Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association) in partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and for the first time, Menta.

Amongst those to back the popular event are Archant Suffolk (publishers of EADT and Evening Star titles), Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Scrutton Bland, Jackamans Solicitors, Basepoint, Dummett Copp, FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), React Computer Partnership, Penn Commercial, PKF Accountants and business advisers and New Media Business Group.

The FSB organised a meeting between local MPs and the major banks in Mundford on 13th January.

This was a very interesting meeting with the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Chloe Smith, giving an overview of the British economy and a summary of the coalition government’s policies to help encourage small and medium sized businesses. The local MPs each gave an overview of the problems experienced by their constituents. Senior representatives of the major banks summarised the current approach of their respective organisations.

The meeting ended with a question and answer session where members of the audience addressed specific issues to the panel. For more details of the meeting, see the pdf above.

James Davey

All stands in the Conference Centre are now sold out, only stands in Trinity Rooms remain.  These are 2m x 1m spaces, supplied with a table and tablecloth.  Only those around the perimeter are supplied with electricity in this room.  Start up businesses are encouraged to book and take advantage of the Training Voucher and ISSBA membership offer as well as the opportunity to take up Suffolk Chamber’s EEP offer.  Please click on the SBE 2012 link in the menu above to view a list of available stands.

Don't miss ISSBA's next event on Wednesday 29th February at 6pm.  In the Hotseat is a 'Question Time' style event giving you the opportunity to grill our panel of experts from the world of banking, finance, pensions and insurance.

Confirmed speakers include Steve Branney, RBS’s Director of Business and Commercial Banking in Suffolk, Katy Ford, Chief Executive of Foundation East – a not for profit organisation that makes loans to small businesses, Ian Bell, Sales Director of Willis Commercial, Tim Mulley from Scrutton Bland and other well-known names from the region’s Finance sector.

Ever had a question that you’ve wished you could ask, but never had the chance to do so? – Now’s your chance!  This event is open to both members and non members. Click here to book your place.

Roger Barcham

Roger Barcham, a long time member of ISSBA, has been appointed the new Chair with immediate effect.

Roger, who is a well known face in Suffolk, having run his commercial photography business in Ipswich for many years, joined the committee just a few months ago but is already having a significant impact.

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

The Suffolk Business Exhibition is one of the major business events in the Suffolk calendar and the jewel in the crown of Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association.  We would like to invite your organisation to take advantage of this opportunity to promote yourselves throughout Suffolk at this well-established, one-of-a-kind event.  Take advantage by signing up early to ensure you receive maximum benefit in our professionally-delivered PR campaign.  See the document below for full details of sponsorship packages available.

By Rachel Sloane, ISSBA Events Sub-committee chairman

A member recently said to me that the reason they so enjoyed ISSBA events was that they were relaxed, informal and very friendly.  Naturally the ISSBA committee (all volunteers with businesses of their own) were delighted to get this feedback.

ISSBA has been supporting the local small business community for 25 years and what better way to celebrate than to invite members, old and new, to an evening of dinner and entertainment to commemorate the occasion.  Photographs taken of the event by ISSBA member Allison Johnson from Allison Johnson Pictures are now available to view on our photo gallery.

By Kate Everett, speaker and Partner at The Write Impression

More than 50 local business people gathered at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich last night for ISSBA’ s  annual ‘Stir It and Stump It’ evening, where members come together to network and listen to presentations from fellow ISSBA members.

ISSBA has been supporting the local small business community for 25 years and in recognition of this, the committee are delighted to invite all existing and previous members to join in an evening's celebration and entertainment to commemorate the occasion. 

ISSBA hosted its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday June 8th at the Novotel in Ipswich.  As well as the formal part of the evening, attendees also enjoyed networking with buffet sponsored by ISSBA member, Remedy for Business and an interesting presentation by guest speaker, Paul Clement, Director of Ipswich Central, the body that manages the Ipswich Business Improvement District (BID).

As part of this year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition, committee members Vivienne Maunder and Roger Barcham organised a charity raffle which raised £587.66 for East Anglia's Children's Hospice. 

Ipswich_MP_Ben_Gummer_opens_2011_SBE__picture_by_David_GarradOrganisers of this year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition, held at Trinity Park last week, are reporting a busy trading day, an upbeat atmosphere and visitors coming from far and wide. 

Social networking - just a few years ago we'd have thought it was a drink in the pub with a few friends but it's now become a preferred way of doing business for lots of different organisations in many different fields. On Wednesday evening at IP-City Centre more than 40 business people turned out to hear Adam Gray, Owner of Adam Gray Social Media Ltd, give an outstanding presentation about one of the hottest business topics.

The room fell silent as we heard about the relative merits of Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn, the hundreds of other options for promoting and opening up "conversations" with potential customers. When the presentation ended, the questions came thick and fast.  The result - 40 or more business people went away armed with the information they needed to go out there and think seriously about developing a workable 'Social Media Strategy', all were inspired to tweet, twitter, join LinkedIn & Facebook and converse with the best of them. Ready to share, help, advise and give but definitely not to promote overtly or to sell directly!  The idea being to engage with people as you would if networking face to face. 

Many thanks to Adam Gray for an absolutely outstanding presentation and for dealing with wide-ranging questions coming from all directions and levels of understanding with complete honesty and clarity. All in all, one of the best events to be hosted by ISSBA and part of a new
trend towards a more business-focussed approach in ISSBA's 2011 calendar of events.

Without the kindness of our sponsors these events can't happen so a big thank you to our event sponsors; The Writing House, The Training Experts and NWES. 
Written by Vivienne Maunder of The Writing House.

A very successful Meet the Members night was held at Venue 77 on Thursday 27th January.  Both established members, new members and those looking to join ISSBA enjoyed the opportunity to network informally over drinks and nibbles in the comfortable surroundings.  Chairman Chris Barnard gave a run down on the upcoming events and attendees were able to use the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about ISSBA’s forthcoming Suffolk Business Exhibition on April 13th.

Dave Lucas, a talented Essex-based caricaturist, took the opportunity to present the Chairman with his likeness from the evening – which will be displayed here soon!

This year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition 2011 is taking place on Wednesday 13th April from 2pm – 7pm at Trinity Park Conference Centre.  

The annual Suffolk Business Exhibition has become arguably the most prestigious business event in Suffolk and you have a chance to be part of it. Exhibition stands are always popular so please book early to avoid missing out. The event always enjoys a huge amount of publicity and large numbers of visitors so it is an excellent opportunity to promote your business. If you are interested in discussing the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact info@boleyn-events.com.

For further information or to book an exhibition stand, please click here.  To pre-register for free exhibition entry click here.

Take thirty thirsty ISSBA members, a table of nibbles and delicious Memorable Cheeses, one knowledgeable expert and six types of wines and what do you have?  A very enjoyable networking event with a cheese and wine tasting thrown in! 

Thank you to Remedy and The Training Experts for their sponsorship and to everyone who helped to make the event at Epsilon House such a successful evening.  Jonathan Hare from Wine of Interest interpreted the brief of “Wines for Clients ….and Family and Friends” with his usual expertise and came up with three whites and three reds, the merits of which were hotly debated by those testing their taste-buds. 

Any clients benefiting from wine as gifts this Christmas should be very appreciative!

Pictures are now online in the photo gallery found under the events tab at the top of the page.

CB_PhotoISSBA is delighted to welcome Chris Barnard, Managing Director of The Training Experts Ltd, as the new Chair.  

Walk on ISSBA’s behalf and help raise £10,000 for EACH.  See Events page for further details.

Trinity Park is offering ISSBA members a special small unit size of 3mx3m square suitable for small businesses and their budget at the Suffolk Show on 2nd and 3rd June.  Minimum stand sizes are generally larger than this. 

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