News from ISSBA
Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:54

Chair Report - January 2020

ISSBA Chair, Graham Barton, offers a snapshot of the latest ISSBA news.

Hello all and Happy New Year! We have lots of exciting things coming up at ISSBA so this month’s newsletter is focusing on forthcoming events. 

Anglia Business Exhibition 2020 takes place at Trinity Park on 13th May 2020. Around half of the exhibitor stands have already sold so if you’d like to exhibit, book soon so you don’t miss out. Visit to view the stand layout and book your stand.

As the largest and most established B2B exhibition in the region, our ABE sponsors really maximise their exposure to take full advantage of being involved in such a prestigious event. We have some fantastic sponsor packages available so please get in touch with our team on and they will be happy to help. 

During December, we enjoyed an informal Christmas drinks event at The Dove Street Inn in Ipswich. Thank you to all that attended, a great night was had by all.

2020 Events:

New Wolsey SmallOur first networking event of 2020 is on 29th January at The New Wolsey Theatre. Thank you to them for sponsoring this event. There will also be an optional backstage tour so if you’ve always wondered what it is like behind the scenes, book your place now.Penta Hotel Ipswich

On 27th February we will be at Penta Hotel Ipswich. Penta is an ultra-modern hotel in the heart of Ipswich within walking distance of some of the historical highlights of the area and so offers an interesting contrast. Thank you to them for sponsoring. Book now.

Suffolk Libraries logo Jan 20Suffolk Libraries are kindly sponsoring our event on 25th March at Ipswich County Library in the town centre. Suffolk Libraries isn’t just about books, they work hard to make life better for thousands of people in Suffolk. We look forward to hearing from their CEO about the wide range of services they offer. Book now.

ISSBA events are always very friendly and welcoming, and you don’t have to be an ISSBA member to attend. If you are new to networking or a bit nervous, let us know on your booking form and we will make sure you are well looked after so that you enjoy the experience.

Don’t forget 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 Graham Bartonmonth, 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!

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

Graham Barton, ISSBA Chair