The process has begun to establish the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in West Suffolk.
It is the second phase of the business group’s reshaping how its local organisation will work in the future and it follows on from the launch of Suffolk Chamber in Central Suffolk (covering the Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts) in 2019.
With Suffolk Chamber board approval and that of the three existing chapters in the west of the county, a new transitional Suffolk Chamber in West Suffolk board has been set up under the chairmanship of Steve Elsom (pictured top) comprising all existing board members from the old Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and District and Newmarket and District. The aim is to develop a smaller board ready to tackle the key issues facing businesses in the area over the following years.
Mr Elsom, who formerly headed up Suffolk Chamber in Newmarket and District, said: “Suffolk Chamber in West Suffolk represents the best of both worlds. It’s certainly the right fighting weight to ensure that the views of businesses are listened to by councils and MPs, but in a way that allows us to escalate our campaigns across the county and beyond. At the same time, the very localised matters in the main town areas will be looked after as there will be a representative from each, on the board, both during the transition and afterwards.”
At the same time, Suffolk Chamber in Ipswich has launched, with chair Paul Copsey welcoming the focus on the specific boundaries of Ipswich Borough Council as “allowing us to better influence the key decisions that really matter to our members and the wider business community in Suffolk’s county town.”
Paul Briddon, president of Suffolk Chamber, added: “the mapping of our ‘place’ arrangements and governance structure onto the local government map makes real sense in strengthening and building relationships and landing sustainable campaigning wins.”