FRIENDS & SPONSORS
Suffolk already has a number of commercial and not for profit organisations that are pro-business that provide valuable support to starting and growing businesses.StartUp Suffolk wants to work closely with StartUp Britain and all organisations that encourage enterprise and improve the environment for business locally.
Not for Profit
These organisations are well known to StartUp Suffolk and we are pleased to recommend them as valuable sources of independent high quality advice. They are listed in alphabetical order and not order of preference.
The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is part of the British Chambers of Commerce and has branches, affiliated, and associated Chambers of Commerce in towns across Suffolk supporting business locally. In addition to providing services to members, the chambers offer events, training and networking opportunities to non-member businesses.
The Federation of Small Businesses is a campaigning organisation with a local branch in Suffolk that provides member benefits including reduced cost insurance, banking and legal services likely to assist small businesses.
Foundation East is a community finance organisation that is run by its membership and based in the East Anglian region. It provides large loans to small companies that have a viable business plan and cash-flow analysis but cannot obtain bank finance.
The anchor sponsor is New Media Business Group, who offer a range of business services that aim to boost the profits of their clients. NMBG companies include IT Services, Support Services,Marketing and Sales Services, and Video Production Services. The NMBG is funding this website and the time spent by Tim Meadows-Smith as Champion for StartUp Suffolk.
StartUp Suffolk will act as a focal point and conduit to link pre-start and start-up and early stage growth businesses with service providers, information and events. We also act as a gathering point for entrepreneur volunteers willing to share their experience, skill and enthusiasm.
The first gathering of pre-start, start-up and early stage high growth companies under the StartUp Suffolk banner (given the thriving entrepreneurial economy of Suffolk there must have been effective predecessors) will be the Business Development Conference at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. This is a MUST ATTEND event for anyone serious about developing their new business. The event has been made possible through the efforts of some entrepreneurs ‘friends’ including:-
The Economic Development Team at St Edmundsbury District Council