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Friday, 13 October 2023 11:29

Chair Report - October 2023

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

Graham Barton Jan 2023Hello and welcome to ISSBA’s October newsletter!

Thank you to all of those who attended our September networking event and thanks to Regus for sponsoring/hosting the event. It was a very enjoyable morning with a warm welcome in lovely surroundings.

Our next event is Anglia Business Spotlight on 25th October at University of Suffolk. We have a fantastic range of businesses on our interview panel so It promises to be an interesting, fun evening with lots of time for networking as well. Non members are also welcome so book your place now.

Stand bookings for Anglia Business Exhibition 2024 opened just a month ago and 43% of stands are already sold! ABE2024 takes place on 8th May at Trinity Park next year. Visit to book your stand or if you are interested in becoming an ABE2024 sponsor, get in touch now on Read our ABE2024 update here.

Member of the Month for October is Graham James Ltd. Read their article to find out about how they’ve built their family business up during 10 years of trading.

Our business focus piece this month is titled ‘Why Autumn Is The Ideal Time For Email Marketing Planning?’ and was written by 101 Websites, Apps & Email Marketing.

Would you be interested in joining the ISSBA committee? If so, let us know on We are a friendly bunch and usually meet once per month (via Zoom currently). As well as having a say in how the organisation is run, this is a fantastic opportunity to build your profile in the local area. Get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Don’t forget our Recommend a Friend scheme, it is great to see ISSBA members benefiting from this. 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!

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!

Graham Barton, ISSBA Chair​