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ISSBA Christmas Party

Friday 5th December 2014, 7.30pm - midnight Join us to celebrate the festive season at what promises to be a fun and entertaining evening on Friday 5th December from 7.30pm until midnight at Greshams, Ipswich.  The bar will be open until 11.30pm. Niche Cocktails will be dazzling us with their cocktail making skills in an interactive demo - you could get your chance to have a go at making your own cocktail too for a cocktail competition!  There will also be a buffet and disco.


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.

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.

Care for Cake is the sweetest way to fundraise! Taking place from 10th - 16th November, 9am - 5pm, organise your own bake off, hold an afternoon tea party.  Please contact Jo for a fundraising pack on jo.revitt@papworthtrust.org.uk. In aid of Papworth Trust local disability charity and ISSBA charity of the year.

Anglia Business Exhibition 2015

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner for ABE 2015, the sponsorship brochure is now available to

.  For further information, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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

Give your opinion on the state of the economy

Ever felt like telling the Government what it’s REALLY like being in business in 2014? Well, here’s your chance. The British Chambers 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 Q4 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 1 December 2014.

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

The results of the survey will be published in January 2015.

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

PS Please forward this email on to other businesses in Suffolk that may be interested in contributing. You do not need to be a member of Suffolk Chamber to complete the survey.

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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