News from ISSBA
Friday, 12 October 2018 11:13

Chair Report - October 2018

ISSBA Chair, Samuel Stamp-Dod, offers a snapshot of the latest ISSBA news.

Samuel Stamp DodHello all. Some exciting news this month – stands for ABE19 are now on sale! 

This year, following your feedback, we will be returning to Trinity Park for the exhibition which takes place on 15th May 2019. Stands are getting booked up fast so don’t miss out. Visit to book or for further information. If you are interested in taking up one of our many sponsorship opportunities, please call Kim Brown on 01473 927331 or Sonia Shelcott on 01473 410278.

We are also delighted this month to have had our first new member via our Recommend a Friend scheme. Any current ISSBA member will get one month's free membership for each new member they recommend, plus the new member also gets one free month, so Win-Win! There are no limits to how many referrals each ISSBA member can make as long as you have a current, paid up membership, so if you bring in 12 new members you'll get a whole year for free!

ISSBA’s next event is on 18th October at Anglia Karting (Ipswich). Anglia Karting are kindly sponsoring this event and they will also be offering a limited number of driving slots available during the event if anyone wants to try their hand at karting alongside networking. Book your October MTM place now.

Plans are well underway for our Anglia Business Spotlight event on 22nd November – our lucky interview panel will be announced shortly. Don’t forget that ISSBA members can bring a guest free of charge when they book and pay for two places. Book your Anglia Business Spotlight place now.

Our October Member of the Month is All Manor of Events who kindly sponsored our September Meet the Members event. Katie and her team were perfect hosts, looking after us very well. Their venue is stunning and is the perfect setting for business or training events as well as weddings and parties. Read their article to find out more about what they offer.

We have reached the point in the year when many businesses are in the process of organising their Christmas party. Anglia Karting has written a fantastic piece offering some useful tips to help you to organise an event that everyone enjoys, with minimal stress! Read their article here.

GoCardless is making the renewal process much easier for many of our members. If you haven’t signed up yet, either let us know on or keep an eye on your inbox for an authorisation request. GoCardless is a direct debit system fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee and means that you never need to worry about forgetting to renew again.  By signing up to this you will help your committee save valuable time in chasing renewals, so please, if you aren’t already signed up, please do!

From January we are planning to double our monthly events to include some evening social events.  If you have suggestions as to what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go, please do let us know.  If you run a business that would benefit from our members visiting, we would love to work with you so please do get in touch!

Don’t forget that if you have any suggestions/comments or would like to be considered for a future Member of the Month feature, please get in touch on

Samuel Stamp-Dod, ISSBA Chair