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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.

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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).

As part of this year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition, committee members Vivienne Maunder and Roger Barcham organised a charity raffle which raised £587.66 for East Anglia's Children's Hospice. 

Ipswich_MP_Ben_Gummer_opens_2011_SBE__picture_by_David_GarradOrganisers of this year’s Suffolk Business Exhibition, held at Trinity Park last week, are reporting a busy trading day, an upbeat atmosphere and visitors coming from far and wide. 

Social networking - just a few years ago we'd have thought it was a drink in the pub with a few friends but it's now become a preferred way of doing business for lots of different organisations in many different fields. On Wednesday evening at IP-City Centre more than 40 business people turned out to hear Adam Gray, Owner of Adam Gray Social Media Ltd, give an outstanding presentation about one of the hottest business topics.

The room fell silent as we heard about the relative merits of Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn, the hundreds of other options for promoting and opening up "conversations" with potential customers. When the presentation ended, the questions came thick and fast.  The result - 40 or more business people went away armed with the information they needed to go out there and think seriously about developing a workable 'Social Media Strategy', all were inspired to tweet, twitter, join LinkedIn & Facebook and converse with the best of them. Ready to share, help, advise and give but definitely not to promote overtly or to sell directly!  The idea being to engage with people as you would if networking face to face. 

Many thanks to Adam Gray for an absolutely outstanding presentation and for dealing with wide-ranging questions coming from all directions and levels of understanding with complete honesty and clarity. All in all, one of the best events to be hosted by ISSBA and part of a new
trend towards a more business-focussed approach in ISSBA's 2011 calendar of events.

Without the kindness of our sponsors these events can't happen so a big thank you to our event sponsors; The Writing House, The Training Experts and NWES. 
Written by Vivienne Maunder of The Writing House.