Committee MembersMeet your Committee Members
Back row (from left to right): Kate Kelly, Danny Cuff, Shelli Moyes, Kim Morrison and Alison Withers
Front row (from left to right): Keely Taylor, Dave Baker and Allan Scott
Peter Down JP, FBCS was elected Chairman of Stowmarket Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and made Honorary President in 2016 in recognition of the contribution he has made to the development of the Chamber.
Peter moved to Needham Market in 2006 from the North West of England on retirement from a long career in the Information Technology industry. He was a Certified Lead Auditor in Software Quality and Information Systems Security and has written textbooks on these subjects. Work has taken him to Europe (frequently), the Gulf and South East Asia, where he led a government project of technical assistance. His early career in the Royal Navy included active service in that region.
Allan Scott currently owns and operates Mill House Media, providing email newsletters and content marketing support to a growing roster of UK clients.
Previously, after an 8-year stint as an award-winning audiovisual scriptwriter and producer, he had a successful career as a video scriptwriter and speechwriter working with many of the country’s top companies including BAA, BT, BOC, British Gas, and British Airways (to pick a few of the ‘b’s). He is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction.
Allan sees his role as Chairman as an opportunity for the Chamber to become the voice of local small businesses.
Danny is Customer Services Director at Gipping Press, a family-run printing company based in Needham Market.
Gipping has been in operation for over 35 years and on their current site in the Lion Barn Industrial Estate for 33 of those! Times have moved on, though. As Danny says “We have invested in digital print, meaning there are no minimum run lengths; Litho print, meaning there are no maximum run lengths, and also in large format, meaning there is no maximum size!”
Danny brings a fresh perspective to the Stowmarket Chamber Committee and has been a welcome addition.
It’s hard to see the wood for the trees when you’re working inside a business – and that’s where Kate Kelly, the Business Plumber, can help. She will give you the perspective you need to make the right decisions about what to do, how and when to do it, and how to achieve it better, faster, more safely and at a lower cost.
Kate has more than 20 years’ hard-won experience of improving business processes to maximise profit – and in that time she has worked with organisations of all sizes, from major enterprises and public service bodies to micro-businesses.
Tackling issues in companies like Trebor Sharps, Black & Decker, Ozalid and Schlumberger has given Kate first-hand knowledge of how big companies work – and what even the very smallest company can learn from them to “help the work flow and the profits grow”.
After 20 years as a PA and Office Manager for various companies in Suffolk and London, Keely was made redundant one too many times and set up her own business, KTSS, offering administration services to small companies and entrepreneurs. Specialising in credit control, proof-reading and filing/decluttering, she enables business owners to focus on growing their company by supporting them on a part-time or occasional basis.
Keely has been a keen networker for over 10 years and is known for her ability to stand up and speak on almost any subject for as long as required. For those who are less keen, she runs occasional workshops with her Vocal Coaching for Nervous Networkers.
She has been Secretary to the Chamber since 2006 and runs our very successful breakfast networking meetings and coffee mornings. Her quirky, humorous email invitations are a regular source of amusement to those on the mailing list – why not sign up today?
Alison has 20 years’ experience as a journalist with the East Anglian Daily Times, following a previous career as an advertising account executive for a variety of clients including a chain of nightclubs in the North of England, then as a media buyer.
She has also had intermittent spells as a graphic designer/illustrator.
She has had her business, Multimedia Reputations, for 12 years and writes and manages marketing content for clients’ websites, blogs, social media and print needs. She also occasionally edits books.
Alison is responsible for Stowmarket Chamber publicity and for writing Stowmarket breakfast news for the website.
Suzanne is a Licensed AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Accountant and a Certified Xero Advisor and runs SB Bookkeeping Services.
Irrespective of whether you view your bookkeeping duties as a chore to be suffered, or the basis on which you gain valuable management information. There’s no getting away from the fact that it has to be done, like it or not.
Suzanne can work with you to make the process less painful.
She believes in using the latest technology to make life easier and save your business time and money. The software she uses for this is Xero, a simple way to handle your books online from your mobile devices. Setting you free from the office. She also offers full training and support.
Dave Baker has a degree in Computer Engineering and over 25 years’ experience in the computer industry with companies such as British Telecom, CAP Gemini, and f5 Networks. For 12 years Dave ran his own company specialising in network consultancy and network attached storage systems, which was successfully sold to a publicly listed company in 1999. Dave subsequently trained as a business coach and now spends his time coaching and advising a wide variety of small businesses.
Dave is a Director of Performance Plus Partnership, a company focused on helping the owners and managers of small businesses achieve their plans for personal and business success through implementing highly efficient, cost-effective business strategies and management frameworks, underpinned by a clear vision, values, and goals.
Neil currently looks after commercial waste across the MSDC area for Babergh Mid Suffolk District Councils.
He is happy to talk ‘rubbish’ after some 35 years in the private sector with the bulk of his time spent in commercial banking as a business bank manager. He mostly worked in and around Stowmarket and across Suffolk. A career highlight was commuting weekly working at the Bank’s head office in Bristol on some very interesting change projects.
He left formal education early only completing his degree with the Open University after his family arrived. He was grateful for the support of his wife during the study years. He has always maintained at least he set a good example for their children as dad had his homework to do too.
Shelli started her IT experience with mainframe computers, moving on to PCs and networks in 1995. Shelli has covered a number of job roles from IT Technician, Network Administrator, IT Manager and Associate Director of IT for both the public and private sector so has grasped the ‘value for money’ concept from both sides of the fence. She decided to start MPM IT to give something back to the community and to concentrate on helping Sole Traders and Small business in the local area with their IT issues, introducing a unique Pick and Mix of IT services.
MPM IT has been established for over 12 years, and have built up a great reputation serving the micro / small businesses in Suffolk with IT support and training.
Kim has led many marketing, social media and change management programmes across multicultural sites, turning round three loss-making businesses into profit. Two were as CEO/Managing Director, one a leading UK provider of drug discovery services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and the other a speciality chemicals distributor. The third was as Marketing Director of an international division of Revlon.
After having lived and worked in New York and travelled extensively around the world, she decided to work for herself on a more local basis in East Anglia.
With her own business, Morrison Social Media, she focuses on social media marketing and combines her marketing roots with new techniques. She strongly believes that a combination of traditional and digital marketing methods are the most effective route forward for businesses.
What’s been happening at Chamber events
January 2019 breakfast New Year, icy start and time to think about holidays! A get well soon to Our Lovely Secretary, Keely Taylor, who was felled by the seasonal flu – not suggesting that the attraction of staying in a nice, warm bed rather than scraping ice...read more
November 2018 breakfast An excellent breakfast and news on the proposed new Stowmarket tech hub Sadly, the month’s guest speaker, Cassandra Fisher from West Suffolk College, had to cancel at the last minute due to her sick child – looks like the winter 'bugs'...read more
September 2018 breakfast Back to The Mix for the winter, MSBE 2 is launched and everything you ever wanted to know about potholes! Clearly, the prospect of having a moan about potholes and other road-mending issues encouraged 24 people to arrive at the...read more
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