Ipswich and Lowestoft ports owner ABP extends links with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Harston, ABP short sea ports director.
Photo: Phil Morley

Andrew Harston, ABP short sea ports director. Photo: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

Associated British Ports (ABP), which includes the ports of Ipswich and Lowestoft, has become the 15th patron of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

The patronage scheme involves companies entering into a strategic relationship with the chamber for mutual benefit, with existing patrons including EDF Energy, BT, Anglian Water and Greater Anglia as well as the University of Suffolk, West Suffolk College and Suffolk New College.

ABP operates 21 ports around the UK. Its Ipswich operation handles around 2.6m tonnes of cargo a year, mainly aggregates, grain, animal feed, fertilisers, forestry and cement products, while Lowestoft handles around 100,000 tonnes each year and is home to the operation and maintenance base for the Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm.

Andrew Harston, the group’s short sea ports director, said: “ABP has had a long-standing working relationship with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and we are delighted to underpin our partnership by becoming the 15th patron of the chamber.

“The ports of Ipswich and Lowestoft look forward to working with the Suffolk Chamber and their members to continue to drive trade and growth in the region.”

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, added: “It is a massive vote of confidence in the value this chamber delivers to its members and the wider Suffolk business community that a company of such major national and regional importance has decided to deepen its relationship with us and our network.

“With Suffolk Chamber actively assisting the business community to improve it international trade successes, ABP’s patronage offers a key relationship that will add further insights and expertise to our offering.”