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Writing for Business Workshop

Wednesday 17th September 2014, 9.00am - 11.30am If you want to write better articles, blogs or press releases come along to a special ISSBA networking event at Suffolk New College.

Rachel Sloane will lead a workshop and reveal the secrets of writing about your business - so that people want to read and act upon what you have written.


Book Event

Welcome to ISSBA

Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) is the only business support organisation run by business owners for business owners. Established in 1986, ISSBA is non profit making and run by a committee of business owners who understand the ups and downs of being right at the coalface.

We are here to support you, by way of connecting you with other like minded business owners through our website, newsletters, full directory, annual exhibition and our lively and successful networking events. Let us help you make the most of this inspiring local business community.

Anglia Business Spotlight 2014

Anglia Business Spotlight 2014

Apply now to join the panel

Would you like to tell people about your business? If so, ISSBA is offering the chance for some free publicity to our members at this popular event on 23rd October.

ISSBA is inviting you to put your business under the spotlight. Eight lucky ISSBA members will have the opportunity to explain to fellow members and guests about what your business offers. (There is no charge for this opportunity apart from the usual entry fee).

PENN LOGO HIGHQUALITYThe lucky eight will be interviewed before an audience by award-winning broadcaster (BBC Radio Suffolk) and ISSBA member, Rachel Sloane. You will not have to prepare a presentation but will instead first be interviewed by Rachel and then form part of a panel for a general discussion about business issues. There will be time for questions from the audience too.

To apply: Please email francis@reactcp.co.uk with a couple of paragraphs about your business and why you’d like to be included. Closing date for applicants is 12 September 2014.

This event is kindly sponsored by Penn Commercial.

Book Event


ISSBA Charity of the Year

Papworth Trust has been selected as ISSBA's Charity of the Year

ISSBA is delighted to be supporting the Papworth Trust and working with them over the coming year. To read the full press release, please click here.

Anglia Business Exhibition 2015

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or partner at ABE 2015?

If so, please email us on contact@angliabusinessexhibition.com.


Join The Great Eastern Rail Campaign

Businesses and rail passengers across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are being urged to join a campaign launched today (FRIDAY JULY 25) calling on Government for greater investment in the Great Eastern Main Line. New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the region’s MPs, business and rail leaders are heading a Taskforce calling for a faster, more reliable service on the London to Norwich line including:

  • Significant investment in track infrastructure
  • Better trains and a higher quality travelling experience
  • Greater capacity with more seats and more carriages

The overall goal is to achieve London to Chelmsford in 25 minutes, Colchester in 40, Ipswich in 60 and Norwich in 90.

To get behind the campaign sign up via the new website www.newanglia.co.uk/gerailcampaign and follow the campaign on twitter with #gerailcampaign.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey

How's business? Make your voice heard by completing the Quarterly Economic Survey

Ever felt like telling the Government what it's REALLY like being in business in 2014? Well, here's your chance. The British Chamber of Commerce's (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is a highly respected snapshot of economic conditions for business. It is taken seriously by Central Government, is one of only three national surveys regularly used by the Bank of England when setting monetary policy and is reported widely in the media.

Each quarter, businesses from across the UK are asked to take part in the survey. Almost 8,000 companies completed the last survey. Your input is crucial in helping us understand the local economy and beyond. The fieldwork for Q3 of 2014 is now underway.

Suffolk Chamber is working in partnership with Suffolk County Council as it's important that we get a good response rate from Suffolk so that the results can be used as an accurate indicator of our locality's economic performance.

The survey is completely anonymous and very simple and quick to complete - it will only take a few minutes of your time - promise!

To complete the survey just logon to www.britishchambers.org.uk/410/qes-survey.html and enter the Chamber ID No. 77

The deadline for completion of the survey is Monday 15 September 2014. 

Analysis of the results, in relation to Suffolk, can be downloaded by clicking here.

The results of the survey will be published in October 2014.

Your time and effort contributing to the QES is very much appreciated by Suffolk Chamber, Suffolk County Council and the BCC.

Thank you!
John Dugmore
Chief Executive, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Online Survey for Ipswich Businesses

ONLINE SURVEY: Ipswich - a competitive business location for growth businesses


This confidential survey will take 10 minutes to complete and aims to collect information and views on the needs of growth businesses in the Ipswich area, and what businesses need in terms of their business location and support for growth.

This is an important survey that will be used to guide future investment into the Ipswich area, including the development of support for start-ups and growth businesses. The survey is being conducted on behalf of Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council by Hewdon Consulting and Athey Consulting.

All responses will be treated as confidential. Any questions or clarifications can be sent to glenn@atheyconsulting.co.uk

Please complete survey responses by Wednesday 10th September.

Benefits to Members

Each member of ISSBA has the opportunity to reap tremendous benefits from their involvement in the Association and their gain will depend greatly on their reason for subscribing to the most influential small business association in East Anglia.

Key benefits have included:

  • Mutual Support
  • Networking
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly events
  • Annual Exhibition
  • Members Directory
  • Website


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