Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Bury St Edmunds Chamber members approve talks over merger with Suffolk Chamber

10:44 20 May 2014

Colin Knight, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce.

Colin Knight, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce.


A historic vote by businesses in Bury St Edmunds to join forces with the rest of the county will “place the town at the heart of economic decision-making”, say supporters of the move.


Members of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to give their executive the go-ahead to work towards a merger with Suffolk Chamber at their annual general meeting on Thursday.

Suffolk Chamber president Dr Peter Funnell described it as the “best thing for Bury and best thing for business”. Bury St Edmunds Chamber chairman Colin Knight said: “It can only be a good thing for everyone.”

Bury Chamber, which was established in 1909 and is a member of the UK-wide chamber network, will enjoy new benefits as part of the larger organisation, as well as providing a “joined-up voice” to county-wide issues.

“We’re proud of our market-town heritage and even prouder of the businesses which operate here,” said Mr Knight. “Bury St Edmunds is home to a wide range of fantastic expertise and this decision means that while we will continue to focus on our town and its economy, our members can draw on the experience and services that our county chamber provides..”

Dr Funnell said: “There is no doubt that the town plays a fundamental role in the economy of West Suffolk. This new partnership means firms across Bury can work hand in hand with colleagues from around Suffolk ensuring we have one joined up voice. It is an important time for the Suffolk economy. We are seeing consistent growth and an increase in people in work but the economy remains fragile.

“Now is the time to recognize the positives and continue to ensure we communicate clearly and coherently to local and national decision makers the need to invest in Suffolk and its hard working businesses.”

“To achieve this we need to strengthen the business voice of the county and the merging of Bury Chamber with the Suffolk Chamber is a crucial part of this process. Bury Chamber brings a history of achievement and success and businesses, the economy and the whole of Suffolk will benefit.”



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Tesco  has revealed a 70% plunge in half-year earnings for its UK and Ireland business.

Supermarket giant Tesco revealed a 70% fall in half year earnings for its UK and Ireland business despite seeing an improvement in under-pressure sales.

The Cask Report has highlighted the importance of real ale to the the pub trade.

Drinkers of real ale are a “lifeline” for Britain’s hard-pressed pubs sector, according to a new study.

Some of SABMiller's beer brands.

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev today unveiled another improved offer for rival SAB Miller.

A queue outside of a Greggs store.

Baker Greggs warned the new national living wage will put pressure on the group to raise the prices of its pasties and sausage rolls.

Home Secretary Theresa May arrives to deliver her speech at Manchester Central during the Conservative Party conference.

Theresa May faced an angry backlash from business leaders and refugee charities for falsely “vilifying” immigrants in a bid to boost her own political career.

Amanda Bond, Visit Suffolk brand manager

The value of Suffolk’s tourism industry has grown to £1.85billion a year, according to new figures, with the total, for the 2013 season, represents a rise of £50million over 2012.

Pigs Gone Wild campaign project leader  Norman Lloyd with the organisation's own pig sculpture.

Businesses are being urged to get behind a public art initiative which aims to raise £100,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

Dr Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University.

The director of Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is in the running to be named the greenest academic in the UK.

The presentation of the Gold award in the Community Relations Campaign category to Essex County Council at the CIPR Anglia Thames & Chiltern Pride Awards 2015

Photo:  Steve Pope - FOTOWALES

Public relations professionals across East Anglia have received recognition in the regional round of the 2015 PRide Awards.

New report on prosperity in seaside towns

New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages