April 2021 – It’s all about building community relationships

This month we welcomed four guests, two from the Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club and one each from the Orwell Academy Trust and the Babergh/Mid Suffolk Virtual High Street initiative.

Tony Pickering and Martin Hall from the Rotary Club briefly explained its voluntary work. They were also keen to build links with Chamber members to expand on this.

Anna Hennell James, of the Orwell Academy Trust, had news of a new primary school to be set up in Stowmarket.

Following the success of the Sudbury Virtual High Street, project manager Kathy Roll said the next one to be rolled out will be Stowmarket.

Sharon Jennings, from In Touch magazine, told us about a new feature that would be focusing on people with disabilities.

If you want to find out more about some of our members, do check out the Member Spotlight page. Bear in mind that we do one a month, so there’s an ongoing list of people to add!

This month’s presentation was from Olivia (Lilly) Higson, of Brightside Wealth Management, giving some background about the company’s evolution and its people.


Wealth Management is not just for the wealthy!

The company was first known as Kevin Kent Wealth Management was set up by Kevin Kent in his garage.  It then changed its name to Blackwater Wealth Management. Along the way, the business has moved from the garage to a log cabin and finally to its current offices in the town centre.

In that time it has also grown to eight staff including Lilly, who is a financial adviser, having trained with the St James’ Place academy.

Lilly explained that the Brightside ethos is to provide the guidance and opportunities to help people to turn their financial goals into reality.

The company is there to assist people at all stages of their life.  This ranges from advising on ways to secure their financial present and future, to planning for retirement, to saving money for children and grandchildren.

Lilly is also on the Chamber Committee as our Membership secretary.


For the future

While there is, at last, a cautious timetable for easing lockdown, monthly meetings (for the time being) will continue to be via Zoom. Once you have booked you will receive an email in advance of the session giving you the log-in details and passwords.

Chairman Allan is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to [email protected]


Dates for your diary:

May Coffee  May Breakfast
Online with Zoom Online via Zoom
Friday, May 7 Friday, May 21
10.00am  NEW TIME 8.00am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965 e-mail: [email protected]

Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact publicity officer Alison Withers: [email protected]

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