With 21 people at the June breakfast it was fortunate that sunny weather allowed for conversations to extend to the patio outside the meeting room!

We welcomed two new members Elaine Bowen, of Vanguard Communications, whose new business offering all things telecommunications has already featured in the EADT, and Linda Barbour, of Calm for Change, “helping people to manage change calmly and confidently”.

As ever Bob Scott, of Niche Cocktails, managed to produce a hitherto unknown delight.  This time it was Bajtra liquer, made in Malta from prickly pears and, he assured us, good to mix with white wine.

Allan Scott, of Mill House Media, announced the launch of the company’s social media pages and asked for feedback.

And of course to oil the wheels of social networking there was the usual excellent Cedars breakfast to enjoy.

On to the gender imbalance

While the ratio of men to women at the breakfast was only just short of 50/50, Sammy Teather, of Be Your Own Graphic Designer, reported that sadly this was not the case when looking for graphical images of women in business.

Sammy’s presentation demonstrated what her company has been doing to try to improve things and she announced she will be giving away a set of 50 business woman icons. They are are png images on clear backgrounds and can be used in your social media or print promotions, also 100% copyright and royalty free.  They can be downloaded from here or just click on the image below:

Free 50 business women cartoons download

She is also offering the chance to buy either one or a set of six poses that can, as  she demonstrated, be edited, so that users can change the icons’ eye colour, skin tone, hair style and colour, clothing.

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Peter commented on the volume of business that is done between members of Stowmarket Chamber.

Last month he gave a testimonial for the services of Michael Drain, Superb Airport Transfers, whose company supplied the transport to and from the airport for his trip to Malta.

This month it was the turn of Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Services, after Peter had attended the funeral of a colleague, arranged by Andrew’s company.

He reported that efforts to develop a tech hub in Stowmarket were continuing and the current phase is to look at profitability.

He also invited attendees to join in a charity fund raiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance by buying their own Pooh Stick for an event to be held at Blythburgh on August Bank Holiday.

Any comments or suggestions for the future please contact the Chairman, Peter Down at: [email protected]


Dates for your diary: 

July breakfast

Cedars Park Community Centre

Friday, July 17


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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