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JD and CMISSBA (Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association) have recently announced the appointment of their new Chairman.

James Davey will take over the post from Roger Barcham, who sadly due to a short-term health issue, stepped down as chair in May. Chris Marsh will become Deputy Chair.

“James has been an ISSBA committee member for 5 years and has been a loyal and hardworking member of the committee.” commented Roger Barcham. “I wish him every success for the future and know he will do a fantastic job in driving the future growth of ISSBA.”

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:24

Papworth Trust Accumulator Challenge

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Can your company meet The Papworth Trust Accumulator Challenge?

Watch the video taken at this year's Suffolk Business Exhibition and listen to several exhibitors and visitors speak about their experiences.


The annual ISSBA AGM will be held at BDO LLP, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich on Wednesday 12th June from 6pm to 9pm.

This is your opportunity to have your say on the direction that ISSBA takes. The committee welcomes all input from members, this is how we get our feedback as to what you want from your ISSBA membership.

This is a FREE event so do please come along, put your suggestions forward and enjoy some networking.

For more information or to book your place, please click here.

Business was booming at the annual Suffolk Business Exhibition held at Trinity Park on 1st May. The show was extremely successful, with an increase in visitor numbers from the last show.

Roger Barcham, Chairman of ISSBA commented: “We are delighted with the feedback from this year’s exhibition. Not only has it been the biggest yet, but many exhibitors have said it is the best show they’ve ever been to and extremely pleased with the quality of business contacts they made.”

The Showcase App for the Suffolk Business Exhibition allows you to register and 'claim' your company, which gives you the opportunity to edit your business information and add logos, descriptions and products.

Here's a step by step guide for how to set up your business entries:

We are delighted to announce a powerful new app that will help you network, exchange details and do business.  We are making this available to attendees for free!

Called “Showcase”, the app will enable you to:

  • View the latest event information, schedules and exhibitor profiles at your fingertips
  • See which of your connections are also attending (eg LinkedIn connections)
  • Exchange contact details with people you meet
  • Create a To-Do list around the exhibitors you want to meet with
  • Make notes on all your meetings and observations • Keep connected with people you meet
  • Plus much more

All of your activities on the app are sync’d to the Showcase web portal, making it easy to view and follow up opportunities after the event.  Click on 'read more' below for the links.


Watch the video taken at the Suffolk Business Exhibition training day and listen to several exhibitors speak about their experiences!

Chief Executive of NWES  Kevin HorneNWES, the region’s leading business support organisation has announced its support to the Suffolk Business Exhibition. The event which is organised by ISSBA (Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association) and their Strategic Partner Suffolk Chamber of Commerce takes place at Trinity Park Ipswich on Wednesday 1st May 2013. NWES will be sponsoring the Business Start Up Area.

Kevin Horne, Chief Executive of NWES, commented: “We are delighted to be involved with this years event. We have been encouraging enterprise and helping to support business start-ups for over 30 years. To be part of the Suffolk Business Exhibition and in particular  be the sponsor of the Business Start Up Area fits perfectly into our mission to ‘encourage enterprise’. Over the last 5 years we have helped over 2500 new businesses to start trading. We are keen to see even more people to set up their own business, in a sustainable way. With our support, it has been proven that businesses survive longer, grow faster and are more profitable. This sponsorship agreement also fits perfectly with our other business sponsorships which includes the Future 50 and the East Anglian Business Awards.”

20130213 ISSBA Launch-07936 smallSponsors and media partners recently gathered at Ipswich Town Hall to officially launch this years Suffolk Business Exhibition. The event was sponsored by Ipswich Borough Council and included a welcome address from Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Portfolio Holder for Culture.

Arguably one of the county’s best-supported business events, the ISSBA Suffolk Business Exhibition 2013 will be taking place at Trinity Park Ipswich on Wednesday 1st May 2013.

We are now taking bookings for what is arguably one of the county’s best attended, respected and supported business events, the ISSBA Suffolk Business Exhibition 2013. Taking place at Trinity Park Ipswich on Wednesday 1st May 2013, the event promises to be even bigger and better than 2012.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:55

Special Offer From Ipswich Design and Print

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As new members we at Ipswich Design & Print would like to show our commitment to ISSBA and its local business community. Until the end of February we are offering members an exclusive 10% discount on all of our published print prices.

Monday, 14 January 2013 13:27

2013 UCS Summer Internship Programme

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I am currently looking for businesses and organisations that are interested in getting involved in the UCS summer internship programme due to commence in the summer of 2013.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 10:22

Photographing Slash

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Wow!!! As a taster to photographing ZZ Top later this month, I had the excellent opportunity to photograph Slash and his band two weeks ago at Brixton Academy. Armed with my press pass and after show party pass, I had a brilliant time and was lucky enough to meet the band afterwards in the dressing rooms.

Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment difficulties a bigger threat to performance than soaring oil prices and declining consumer spending, and more than a quarter of these rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification.

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:59

BMS Imaging at the Classic Rock Awards

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Roger Barcham of BMS Imaging Ltd is off to the Classic Rock Awards at the Roundhouse on November 13th to photograph ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Duff McKagan.

This May, people across the UK will be leaving their cars at home and taking to their feet in the Great British Walking Challenge.

National Walk to Work Week (14-18) May is one event taking place during the month long challenge which encourages commuters to walk their way to a health lifestyle.

Virya Technologies will be taking part in Walk to Work Week and will be encouraging people to incorporate walking into their daily routine.

ISSBA's annual AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th June at Ipswich Sports Club.

For further details including online booking and agenda, please click here.

The 2012 Suffolk Business Exhibition – a joint venture between Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA), Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Menta – attracted a bumper crowd for a lively day of debate, training, meeting up and doing business.

We’re told by many exhibitors and visitors that this year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition was their “best ever”. That’s good to hear of course! But equally, we do need feedback that reflects a wide spectrum of views. It’s only by finding out what worked well for you – and what you might like to see changed or improved for SBE13 that we can make sure that the event is truly meeting everyone’s needs. Can we ask you to take a few minutes to fill in the form below and send it back to us by the middle of May, in order that we can take onboard your thoughts and review what might need to be changed. Thank you. (please click on 'Read More' to view the form)
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