Suffolk Chamber secures SFEDI recognition for business support delivery

John Dugmore of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

John Dugmore of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has received national recognition for the support it delivers to local and regional businesses by becoming the first SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) “Awards Approved Centre” in the county.

SFEDI sets a standard for business and enterprise support which is recognised by the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as an exemplar.

“This recognition is great news for Suffolk Chamber and great news for the local business community that we serve,” said John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber chief executive.

“The team at the chamber are committed to supporting and upskilling business professionals. Becoming a SFEDI Awards Approved Centre means we are a leader in our field and the support we give to firms across Norfolk and Suffolk is amongst the best in the UK.”

Following a flawless inspection by SFEDI, Suffolk Chamber also becomes the first chamber to achieve Academy Status with the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE), which puts the chamber at the forefront as being recognised as an organisation delivering support and upskilling the business community.

The New Anglia Growth Hub’s advisers, who provide free face-to-face business support, are currently undertaking a diploma in Business and Enterprise Support. The course is specifically designed for those working within business support to help entrepreneurs who are starting up or developing their existing business.

“From the inspired entrepreneur to the established enterprise, our Growth Hub advisors have given bespoke business support to over 4,000 businesses. This qualification adds another string to their bow as they continue to be the first port of call for growing businesses,” said Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP.

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The New Anglia Growth Hub becomes the only Growth Hub in the country to have the fellowship status offered to all of its advisers.

Robert Turnbull, who created the systems and processes in preparation for the inspection said: “It is vital that the New Anglia Growth Hub’s team of advisers complete a thorough assessment to maintain the highest possible level of nationally accredited support and advice in order to help the local business community.”