Our Sponsors...who have made it all possible
…to each of our sponsors for stepping up to the mark and helping us deliver a truly worthwhile experience for all our visitors and featured businesses. Learn more about them – and see their presentations from the day – on this page.
Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Service
Award winning Funeral Directors Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Service is the only independent family owned funeral service in Stowmarket, covering the surrounding areas of Mid Suffolk and throughout East Anglia and beyond. Our personal, caring service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and out of office hours, the phone is personally answered by ourselves (not by a call centre).
Brightside Wealth Management
You work hard for your money – it’s our job to make it work hard for you.
Brightside Wealth Management is a team of experienced financial advisers helping individuals and businesses preserve capital, make the right investment choices and realise their financial ambitions and aspirations.
With us alongside, our clients stay better-informed to make smarter money decisions.
We believe financial advice should be accessible, straight-talking and reliable – and that everyone and anyone can benefit from it.
It’s never too soon or too late to start a conversation.
Looking on the Brightside can make a big difference.
Retirement – Pension – Investment – Protection – Estate & Inheritance
For a one-to-one confidential consultation – online or over the phone, please contact Olivia Higson
T: 01449 775505 M: 07788 247390 W: www.brightsidewealthmanagement.co.uk
The value of your investment can go down as well as up. You could get back less than you invested.
Brightside Wealth Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products.
Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association
Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association (ISSBA) is the only business support organisation run by business owners for business owners. Established in 1986, ISSBA is non-profit making and run by a volunteer committee of business owners who understand the ups and downs of being right at the coalface.
We provide a forum for mutual support, by way of connecting you with other like-minded business owners through our website, newsletters, online directory, friendly and welcoming events, and the annual Anglia Business Exhibition as well as bringing you useful, informative updates and innovative, leading edge ideas such as our Virtual Summit events.
This year’s Anglia Business Exhibition will take place on 7th September at Trinity Park. Over 70% of exhibitor stands have already been sold but there is still time for you to book your stand or take advantage of one of our sponsorship packages to really maximise your ROI.
With exhibitor stands starting from just £195 plus VAT, this really is an event to suit all types of company and all budgets, bringing people together from across the East of England. ABE21 will be extra special as it is the 25th anniversary of the exhibition. Come along and celebrate with us!
Let us help you make the most of this inspiring local business community.
Mansion House Publishing
At Mansion House Publishing, we’re very thankful for the support and positive feedback we’ve received this year, particularly in the last few months as we’ve committed to doing more to support local business, particularly our independent traders. Community and economy exist in co-dependence and by championing both we’re determined to drive economic recovery and grow business activity in local communities. This event is the perfect opportunity to bring local businesses and local residents together to better understand and appreciate each other as we all pick ourselves up and look to the future.
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy (research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop means up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy) and are surprisingly the largest employer of jobs nationally, making them an invaluable community asset. Several of our regular advertisers have reported significant growth in the last year which they believe is due to a renewed commitment to shop local. Our community and our local economy are primed to Bounce Back and we’re delighted to be a link between the two.
There is much to look forward to and through In Touch with Stowmarket & Stowupland and the 18 other magazines we produce every month, Vanilla magazine, our most recent acquisition, Colourplan Print, Boswell Office Supplies and our digital marketing agency Mansion House Media, we will be with you all the way.
Mid-Suffolk District Council
Our Vision for Stowmarket:
- A place for innovation, enterprise, and creativity
- The strategic Gateway to Suffolk…a connected town
- A strong and proud community … successful through working together
- A great place to live, work, learn, visit, and experience
Stowmarket Tech Cluster
Mid Suffolk District Council is promoting Stowmarket as an emerging tech cluster for Suffolk. Stowmarket businesses are already developing cutting edge products and services in fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Gamification, Virtual Reality and Digital Media. Our aim is to support local businesses to achieve their aspirations for growth.
An Innovation Board has been established and we are working energetically with partners to showcase the opportunities available in Stowmarket and the wider area.
Stowmarket Virtual High Street
The Virtual High Street provides businesses access to another channel for their products and services, offering consumers their full in-store range, whilst reinforcing the appeal of the town centre as a place to visit. Rollout to Stowmarket is in train, and will include a complementary digital skills training programme for businesses. For more information visit https://virtualhighstreet.uk.
In November 2020 Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council hosted the Innovation Awards 2020, recognising organisations who are thinking outside the box and finding new ways to reach customers. Stowmarket winners included Halo Service Solutions, Modece Architects Ltd (who received three awards) and West View IT Ltd. The Rising Star award was shared by Chloe Davis and Sophie Tapscott at The Mix.
Stowmarket Town Council
Stowmarket Town Council serves a population of approximately 21,000 people who live in Stowmarket. Every four years, elections are held to fill the 16 seats on the Town Council. The 16 Town Councillors are supported by a Leadership Team comprising 6 senior managers. In total, the Town Council employs in the region of 35 full-time and part-time staff.
We are the only tier of local government that is based in Stowmarket and dedicated to serving the town. We are often referred to as being “grassroots” local government as we are close to the local community and committed to delivering projects, services and events that make Stowmarket a better place.
The Town Council run the Community Centre on Hillside, the Regal Theatre, the twice weekly market and a variety of yearly events including StowFiesta and the Remembrance Parade. We provide various local services which can be found on our website: stowmarkettowncouncil.gov.uk/our-services
The Town Council’s main offices are located at Milton House, Milton Road South, near the centre of Stowmarket.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
As the largest business organisation in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce offers the broadest portfolio of services for its members at a local, regional, national and international level.
In addition to a range of business support services – many of them free or discounted to members – and online networking events and webinars, Suffolk Chamber offers a number of interconnecting platforms for businesses to lobby and make their voices heard.
In terms of ‘place’, Suffolk Chamber has four local chapters: West Suffolk, Central Suffolk, Ipswich and Lowestoft & Waveney aligned with local government boundaries. These are complemented by Suffolk-wide ‘thematic’ groups, covering all the main campaigning issues identified in our manifesto – infrastructure, people and trade.
In addition, through membership of the British Chambers of Commerce network, Suffolk Chamber has unparalleled access to Government ministers and senior civil servants to help deliver our key campaigns aimed at ensuring Suffolk’s long-term prosperity.
Suffolk Chamber is also responsible for a number of regional initiatives aimed at supporting growing businesses, including the New Anglia Growth Hub, managed on behalf of New Anglia LEP and TechEast.