October 2019 breakfast

An excellent turn-out in anticipation of the Chairman’s Big Announcement


Is this a record for the year? 23 people were at the October 2019 breakfast. This meant the 60-second presentations had to be strictly observed – easier for some than for others!


Allan’s Big Announcement

Our chairman, Allan Scott, was finally able to confirm that the proposed initial Stowmarket tech hub is to be formally launched as a pilot project in a building near the railway station.

October 2019 NetworkingAfter five years of sustained effort, he said, the new riverside venture, to be called Innovation Labs, in what used to be the Bistro, and will be formally launched at 6pm on Thursday, November 14.

The centre’s aim will be to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth and will hopefully be the proving ground for the concept. The eventual aim is a dedicated building on the development land close to Tesco, Cedars Park.

For £149 per month, businesses can have a fixed workspace and business coaching.

Founding launch partners for the centre are the Stowmarket & District Chamber of Commerce, Peter Brady, of Orbital Media, business consultant Peter Basford, and Hermione Way, former head of communications at Tinder. Additional business partners are actively being sought.

The project has the backing of Mid Suffolk District Council and already has links with the Martlesham Innovation Centre in Ipswich. Discussions with UCS and West Suffolk College are ongoing.


Tell us what you want

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


Dates for your diary:


November Coffee  November Breakfast
Needham Market Community Centre The Mix

Ipswich Street, Stowmarket

Friday, November 1 Friday, November 15
10.00am-12noon Starting at 6.45am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965

e-mail: [email protected]


Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact marketing officer Alison Withers:

[email protected]

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