Anglia Business Exhibition showcases region’s independent businesses

The official opening of ISSBA's Anglia Business Exhibition at the Best Western Ipswich Hotel, from

The official opening of ISSBA's Anglia Business Exhibition at the Best Western Ipswich Hotel, from left, Roger Barcham of ISSBA, guest speaker Anna Park and Graham Abbey of Suffolk Chamber. - Credit: ISSBA

Hundreds of visitors from around Ipswich and beyond have attended to the area’s biggest annual business-to-business event.

The opening of Anglia Business Exhibition at the Best Western Ipswich Hotel

The opening of Anglia Business Exhibition at the Best Western Ipswich Hotel - Credit: ISSBA

Around 130 businesses and organisations showcased their products and services at the Anglia Business Exhibition, with the day also involving a programme of speed networking sessions and business advice and support presentations.

The event, organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) in partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, has a new venue this year at the Ipswich Hotel, Copdock.

It was officially opened by Anna Park, founder of the Anna’s fashion label and chain of boutiques, who was also guest speaker at a networking breakfast held ahead of the event.

Vimmi Hayes and Ben Miller at the Suffolk County Council stand

Vimmi Hayes and Ben Miller at the Suffolk County Council stand - Credit: ISSBA

In addition to leading the quick-fire speed networking sessions, Richard Pond of Business Connect also gave a presentation on how to get the most from your networking.


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The programme of presentations also included sessions on reducing customer database and credit check costs, hosted by Suffolk Chamber in partnership with Experian, accessing free business support, hosted by Ipswich Borough Council, and digital media opportunities, hosted by Archant.

Besides the organisations involved in the presentations, other strategic partners supporting the exhibition include Suffolk County Council and Free Rein.

Vimmi Hayes and Ben Miller at the Suffolk County Council stand

Vimmi Hayes and Ben Miller at the Suffolk County Council stand - Credit: ISSBA

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ISSBA has agreed a three-year deal for the exhibition to be hosted by the Ipswich Hotel, Copdock, part of the Mildenhall-based Cameron Ventures Group which also includes the Priory Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and Brome Grange, near Eye.

Roger Barcham, chairman of ISSBA, said he was delighted with the new venue and the “buzz” being generated as visitors toured the trade stands.

“I would like to thank John Dugmore and his team at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, our exhibition partners, who has supported us for many years and championed the exhibition,” he said.

From left, Michelle Gordon, Olivia Grant, Lizzie Mapplebeck and Maxine Narburgh at the Ipswich Borou

From left, Michelle Gordon, Olivia Grant, Lizzie Mapplebeck and Maxine Narburgh at the Ipswich Borough Council stand at the Anglia Business Exhibition - Credit: ISSBA

“A huge thank you to all our strategic partners and sponsors; without your continued support this event would not be possible.

“And thank you to Rameth Kurdi and his team at the hotel for all of their support and help in the lead up to the event and on the day.”

The Archant stand at the Anglia Business Exhibition

The Archant stand at the Anglia Business Exhibition - Credit: ISSBA

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