Having recently stepped down as President of the British Chambers of Commerce, Neville Reyner CBE has been named as one of the speakers for the first ever joint networking event for Haverhill, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds Chambers of Commerce.
Supported by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the joint West Suffolk Chambers of Commerce event will also act as the finale of the new Bury St Edmunds Business Festival.
Mr Reyner, who is Chairman of the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP, will be joined by fellow speaker and Commercial Attaché to the Rwandan Embassy, Patrick Gihana Mulenga and UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador, Jan Cavelle.
This choice of speakers is certainly apt – Rwanda’s top athletes are planning on using Bury St Edmunds’ Leisure Centre as their Pre-Games Training Camp in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games next year, whilst Jan runs a furniture manufacturing business in Haverhill that supplies furniture to many of the world’s leading names in interior design, is one of 250 UK FEA (Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador) in the EU, currently works as an ‘Enterprise Superstar’ for Ipswich’s Eastern Hub initiative and has recently launched a start-up local scheme in Haverhill names Enterprising Acorns.
Andrew Denny, Chairman of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, explained: “This will be a great opportunity for West Suffolk’s premier business representatives to hear interesting speakers and meet other like minded people in the beautiful and relaxed surroundings of the West Wing at Ickworth.”
Sarah Howard, Chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to be working together with Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket Chambers on this first event of its kind in West Suffolk. We hope members and non members will use the afternoon to network with other businesses and hear some great speakers.”
Chairman of Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Graham Abbey added: “There are a number of very talented company’s in the west of Suffolk and in spite of the current economic client these are very exciting times for our region. Businesses within the Forest Heath area fully support any and every effort to forge links not only with our neighbours, but right across our region and we very much look forward to being involved with the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival.”
The West Suffolk Chambers of Commerce networking event will be taking place at Ickworth West Wind on Friday 23rd September. Tickets are priced at £30 for Chamber members and £35 for non members. Afternoon tea and champagne will be served during the event which takes place from 2pm to 5pm.
Please visit the Business Festival website for more information and to book tickets.