September 2019 breakfast

Our secretary is looking for help and some “homework” from our speaker


There was a full house for September 2019’s breakfast and, as always, an excellent spread!

Clearly an incentive for one member, Mike Drain, of Superb Travel Suffolk, despite the disruptions to his diary caused by pilot strikes and clients being delayed or re-routed.

With a Christmas gift deadline looming, our secretary’s latest enterprise, Taylor-made Trees, has become so successful that she is looking for occasional help from someone to download and crop photos and put them in a word document.


September 2019 breakfast Peter StanwayDealing with Difficult Employees


Meanwhile, guest speaker Peter Stanway, of Project HR, told us in his 60 seconds about dealing with an employee who had been indulging in somewhat intimate extracurricular activities during work time. Before his 10-minute presentation, Peter split the attendees into two groups. He then set everyone the task of suggesting solutions for dealing with a work-place “know it all” whose behaviour and attitudes were not only disrupting team meetings but also causing colleagues to avoid working with them.

Peter’s client had tried tackling the person, whose only response had been a shrug and the comment that this was who he is.

One group suggested looking at how team meetings were run, setting reference points for people about working as a team and videoing the culprit to show them how they behaved.

The other group suggested emphasising the positives in the person’s behaviour before engaging with them and thought about how to develop the rest of the team. Although they also agreed that such behaviour cannot be ignored.

Our chairman, Allan Scott, had an update on progress on setting up a Stowmarket tech hub, most likely to be near the Tesco roundabout.  In the meantime, there are plans for a pilot project in a building near the railway station, to be led by Peter Brady, of Orbital Media, and Hermione Way.  There is already a link with the Martlesham Innovation Centre in Ipswich and discussions with UCS and West Suffolk College have already begun.


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


Dates for your diary:

October Coffee October Breakfast
Needham Market Community CentreThe Mix

Ipswich Street, Stowmarket

Friday, October 4Friday, October 18
10.00am-12noonStarting at 6.45am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965



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