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Two-week festival looks to inspire Suffolk’s thriving businesses

The East Suffolk Business Festival is set to kick-off this Monday, 4th November, with over 25 free events held across the district, organised by East Suffolk Council with support from New Anglia Growth Hub.

This Monday will mark the start of two weeks of events designed to boost business in and around East Suffolk, offering opportunities in networking, business growth and skills development.

The festival is a collaboration between the area’s key business development partners, including East Suffolk Council, New Anglia Growth Hub, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Nwes, as well as local businesses, Juiced Media, Lisa Vincent and Breakaway.

Launching the festival on Monday in Lowestoft is Professional Speaker, Nick Looby, owner of Feet on the Ground, whose clients include BBC and Disney. The breakfast event will include presentations and workshops that will enable delegates to take a positive and creative approach to problem-solving and maximising opportunities in their local area with particular reference to Lowestoft and its unique challenges and opportunities.

Other key topics covered by the Festival’s two-week programme of events include importing, recruitment, tendering, finances, digital marketing and going green, all of which are free to attend and can be booked through the Festival’s website.

Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “It is fantastic that the Business Festival is returning following its successful launch last year. This year, we are building on that success to make it even bigger and better!

The District has such strong and diverse local economy and this festival really showcases the opportunities and support available to East Suffolk businesses.”

Jo Ferriss, Events Coordinator at New Anglia Growth Hub, added: “We are delighted to have a bigger involvement with this year’s East Suffolk Business Festival.

Heading into its second year, the festival offers fantastic support for SME’s across the region and we’re looking forward to seeing the huge range of businesses getting involved and taking advantage of all the events and opportunities offered.

We’d like to congratulate East Suffolk Council for all the hard work in pulling it all together.”

The launch follows the success of the first Business Festival which was held in 2018 and saw over 1,100 people attend 31 events, over 120 people attend training sessions and over 57 people receive one-to-one business advice during the 10-day programme.

Further details are available on the Business Festival website, where you can sign up for the free events.