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Businesses get into gear to celebrate first ever Suffolk Day

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 June 2017

From left, Ipswich Building Society chief executive Richard Norrington, general manager (retail and distribution) Jo Leah, general manager (operations) Ian Brighton, general manager (risk and compliance) Mark Nash; and finance director Kieron Blackburn.

From left, Ipswich Building Society chief executive Richard Norrington, general manager (retail and distribution) Jo Leah, general manager (operations) Ian Brighton, general manager (risk and compliance) Mark Nash; and finance director Kieron Blackburn.

Ipswich Building Society

Businesses are set to get in on the act today as residents across the county celebrate the first-ever Suffolk Day.

Ipswich Building Society will be staging a 100 mile charity bike ride across all of its Suffolk branches as staff members Ellie Camp, Nigel Nicholls and Ashley Burton get into gear to raise funds for 100 nursing hours at St Elizabeth Hospice.

The trio is scheduled to be in Aldeburgh for the summer solstice sunrise, before visiting St Elizabeth Hospice for breakfast and finishing in Haverhill.

The business will also welcome members and local residents to celebrate the special day at a number of events across its branches.

Its Sailmakers branch in Ipswich town centre will be showcasing the society’s history, and the Halesworth branch will be hosting a visit by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which will be revealing the county’s rich and varied environment. The Saxmundham branch is accepting donations to support the Alzheimer’s Society while hosting an afternoon tea with Suffolk Rusk.

Chief executive Richard Norrington said: “We’re delighted to take part in the first-ever Suffolk Day, where we’ll come together with our local community in celebration of our great county. Giving something back is a priority for us at Ipswich Building Society.”

Business support organisation MENTA has teamed up with Nat West bank to deliver 50 lunches to various small businesses including a factory, a workshop and an office in recognition of the contribution they make to the county.

MENTA’s Nick Pandolfi said: “It will be great to say ‘thank you’ and celebrate businesses – both long established and more recently founded and find out from the staff and the owners why it’s so great, working and living in Suffolk.

“Small businesses strive to ensure their customers are happy, producing high quality goods and professional services which we in Suffolk can be proud of.”

The official launch of the Suffolk Skills Show 2017, hosted by sponsors BT at Adastral Park, is set to take place at a breakfast event, and the University of Suffolk, in collaboration with TechEast, will be hosting a Digital Tech Skills Plan for East Anglia, which takes place at Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre from 10.30am.

Copleston High School has received an updated Ofsted rating after the education watchdog visited for the first time since 2013. See the full report here and the principal’s reaction.

NHS England has issued a health alert ahead of coming cold weather.

The 80s are officially back, with Fame The Musical coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for much of the Eastern region, including Suffolk and Essex, next week.

A man’s body has been found in an Essex river in circumstances police are currently treating as “unexplained”.

Chefs from some of the region’s best restaurants are cooking a five course supper in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust this spring.

Rail commuters on the region’s mainline this morning are likely to face disruption after the over-running engineering works closed the line between Stratford and Liverpool Street.

Suffolk church leaders have been left confused and irritated by the repeated vandalism of their visitor book.

Highways England is set to answer some key questions on Orwell Bridge closures next week, as bosses address councillors in Ipswich on the latest measures.

Talented students at Suffolk New College organised and filmed their own Jools Holland-style show showcasing some of Suffolk’s brightest talent.

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