Suffolk Coast Business Event 2017: Firms set to explore new routes to market as they gear up for Brexit

Ian Twinley speaking at the Ipswich Chamber September Brunch held at The Novotel, Ipswich.

Ian Twinley speaking at the Ipswich Chamber September Brunch held at The Novotel, Ipswich.

Suffolk Coastal businesses will be exploring routes to market on Wednesday, June 28, as they gear up for Brexit.

Delegates at a previous Suffolk Coast Business Routes to Market event.

Delegates at a previous Suffolk Coast Business Routes to Market event. - Credit: Archant

The fifth annual Suffolk Coast Business Event, which takes place at Ufford Park Hotel and Spa near Woodbridge, will include ‘business boosters’ where groups of delegates are given a presentation at each of the 15 or so trade stands.

“The theme of the event is routes to market – never more relevant with all the changes going on through Brexit, government and new emerging local supply chains,” said Suffolk Coast Business chair Jenny Stockman.

“2017 sees a brand new line up to address the new challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises, micros and many larger enterprises.”

The event includes latest initiatives to grow and develop your business on the Suffolk Coast, with insights into how one of Suffolk’s largest car retailers, John Grose, adapts its marketing to suit consumer trends.

Jenny Stockman

Jenny Stockman - Credit: Archant

Firms will also get to participate in workshops on image, search engine optimisation, boosting their business with a smartphone video and a whistle stop tour of intellectual property and cyber security.

The event will be opened by Stephen Baker, joint chief executive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, the keynote speech will be delivered by Ian Twinley, chairman of The John Grose Group.

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Paul Simon, head of communications at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will also be addressing delegates.

Ms Stockman said she believed “passionately” in the work Suffolk Coast Business does and the benefits it delivers.

The annual event raises funds to help the organisation deliver across the Suffolk Coastal area throughout the year. Ian Twinley joined the John Grose Group, a multi-franchise, £175m turnover dealer group employing 400 staff, in 2002. He was chairman of the Suffolk Skills Show for three year, and is a fellow of Suffolk New College. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.

Workshop leaders include image and impact consultant Marianne Muir, digital storyteller Anne Gould and cyber intelligence and intellectual property expert Andrew Tillman. There will also be networking opportunities at the action-packed morning event, which includes lunch.

For information visit http://suffolkcoastbusiness.co.uk/suffolk-coast-business-event/

Tickets cost £35 members, £39 non-members.