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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).