Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Ipswich: Top retail experts to speak at second Beacon Town conference

PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 September 2012

Ben Gummer MP at Ipswich Beacon Conference 2012 at UCS

Ben Gummer MP at Ipswich Beacon Conference 2012 at UCS

Archant

PREPARATIONS for the second Beacon Town conference are in their final stage with one of Britain’s top retail experts preparing for his keynote speech.

Former Marks and Spencer chief Sir Stuart Rose will be the main speaker at next Friday’s conference at the Corn Exchange.

The event will also give delegates the opportunity to discuss a proposed bid for £24 million from the government’s Future Cities fund.

The Beacon Town conference is being promoted by the Ipswich Star in association with the borough council and the town’s MP Ben Gummer.

Ipswich Star editor Terry Hunt said: “The second Beacon Conference is a really important milestone in our campaign to ensure that Ipswich fulfils its fantastic potential.

“Sir Stuart Rose’s views on the town centre will be fascinating, coming from someone with such vast experience of retail at the highest level. It will be sit up and take notice time!

“I also look forward to debating how Ipswich can get its hands on the incredible £24 million pot of gold.

“I attended the first Beacon Conference as editor of the East Anglian Daily Times. Now I have responsibility for the Star as well it gives me a really good overview of Ipswich and the rest of the county, and the relationship between the two.

“That’s certainly something we need to resolve if both Ipswich and the county are to reach their potential.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “The Beacon Town is about motivating all of us to do our very best, and it is great that one of the world’s great retailers will be joining us to help in that process,

Borough council leader David Ellesmere said: “To get Sir Stuart Rose to visit Ipswich and share his views on how to get the town moving is a real coup for the town.”

The conference runs alongside our I Love Ipswich campaign, which is designed to highlight the positive aspects of our town.

Related articles

0 comments

A 58-year-old man is due to appear in court charged with growing cannabis at a property in Ipswich.

It’s Red Nose Day and to celebrate eere are some, perhaps slightly edited, nostalgic pictures to kick-start our coverage.

Water has been restored to a Suffolk school after a burst pipe and subsequent sinkhole forced it to close yesterday.

A drink-driver who crashed his girlfriend’s car after stealing it and driving 10 miles with the intention of getting drunk on a Christmas pub crawl has been jailed.

A father and daughter who obstructed police when they came to their Ipswich home to arrest a family member have been fined.

A steam engine making its way to the North Norfolk Railway travelled through the region on Thursday.

An Ipswich drug addict who assaulted a paramedic with a tin of tuna and damaged an ambulance after falling off her bike must pay compensation.

An Ipswich women’s group dedicated to raising money for good causes celebrated its first birthday with cake and dancing.

What are you doing for Red Nose Day? See here to send in your stories and photos.

Handball - it is a sport that has been played in Ipswich for decades, long before the town’s handball club was established.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24