Business must work together to promote our “great town”

Dave Muller, chair of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce

Dave Muller, chair of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Vision - “We must all be ambassadors for Ipswich” - Chamber

The Cornhill in Ipswich town centre.

The Cornhill in Ipswich town centre.

More than 90 local businesses and other organisations turned up to Trinity Park on Friday May 20 where Greater Ipswich Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking brunch event at which the Ipswich Vision was the main topic under discussion.

Ipswich Vision is made up of Ben Gummer MP, Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Central, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce – part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Suffolk County Council and University Campus Suffolk with the purpose of sharing and delivering a prosperous future for Suffolk’s county town.

The delegates heard inspiring speeches from Terry Baxter, chair of Ipswich Central, Ben Gummer MP and Ipswich Borough Council chief executive Russell Williams.

Terry Baxter gave an overview of the ambitions of the partnership and its achievements in its first 12 months of existence, Ben Gummer MP emphasised the importance of talking up the town and Russell Williams emphasised the unique nature of the partnership.

The event was sponsored by Ipswich Building Society and hosted by Dave Muller, chair of Greater Ipswich Chamber of Commerce.

Dave Muller said that “this was a showcase meeting allowing the speakers to demonstrate the strength of purpose and commitment behind Ipswich Vision”.

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“We live and work in a great town – whose potential when realised will make it one of the greatest regional centres in the country. One key message that resonated with me was the duty on all of us who believe in Ipswich to question the negative things that some people sometimes say about it. We must bust such negative myths with the facts.

“We must all be ambassadors for Ipswich!”