Suffolk Show is an ecomonic jewel in the county’s crown, says Dave Muller
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If you ask any business leader from across the UK if they felt 90,000 visitors to their town over two days would bring a boost to their economy you would, I am sure, get a uniform response.
That is why as the chairman of our local chamber I was delighted to see that many people go through the gates of the 2013 Suffolk Show and bring that very boost to the Greater Ipswich economy.
While, of course, those visitors come from across the East of England and further afield, for the two days they spend on the outskirts of the town at the Showground, (and stay in our hotels and eat at our restaurants) they get to see what we as Greater Ipswich and Suffolk do best.
While we showcased our traditional wares such as high quality food and drink, livestock, flowers and agricultural machinery, business leaders were also able to show visitors what a great offer we have both now and in the future.
The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce worked with our county-wide partners the Suffolk Chamber to bring together business and community leaders to hear of the latest developments from EDF on Sizewell C and we celebrated the launch of the vitally important new website for Better Broadband for Suffolk.
All of these are critical to future investment in Greater Ipswich and Suffolk.
They play a part of the £50 million boost that the Suffolk Show Executive Director, Chris Bushby, talked about on BBC Radio Suffolk last week.
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The business community plays a key role in the Show and each year we recognise what an important part in the economic development of Ipswich it plays.
I spoke to Michelle Pollard from Spider Web Recruitment at the Show and her view that trade is a huge part of the show and it is a reflection of what is going on across the county, is one that I am sure many people share.
I also spoke to Peter Dawes from CarterDawes IFA Solutions Ltd and he said: “The Suffolk Show continues to be a real focus for business and for the local economy. It has been the best year ever for my company for making new clients and in these challenging economic times is a shot in the arm for Greater Ipswich.”
Dave Muller is chairman of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce