Small businesses stand firm at show

SUFFOLK'S smaller businesses will be fighting back at the Suffolk Show today at a joint trade stand with town leaders.

SUFFOLK'S smaller businesses will be fighting back at the Suffolk Show today at a joint trade stand with town leaders.

Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association are standing together to cut costs and to show people they are there to help.

James Hehir, chief executive of Ipswich Borough Council said: “We are again linking up with the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association to have a strong presence at the Suffolk Show while minimising the cost and making it possible for enterprises to attend.

“We are heavily involved in promoting the needs of small businesses, especially in the economic downturn, and want to get the message across that we are here to help.

“And in June we are linking up with the Evening Star and the Suffolk Chamber at a credit crunch seminar to develop this theme.”

Stand number 232 includes a number of Ipswich-based exhibitors including:

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Fred Olsen Travel

Suffolkbiz- a company formed in 2005, providing cost-effective and easy to use website.

TM Service Audio Visual- provide full event management and audio visual services.

Rotary Club of Ipswich

Kerseys Solicitors - One of East Anglia's longest established law firms.

Willowbridge Labels - Manufacture of quality bespoke plain and printed self adhesive labels.

Essential IFA - Financial adviser which donate 20per cent of the company's turnover to charity.

Haven Power - Haven Power is an electricity supply company.

Hard Hat Business Advice- Hard Hat Business Advice provides practical help and support to businesses.

Henderson Insurance Brokers

Lloyds TSB Commercial and Lloyds TSB Retail Banking

Main Event Group Activities - Complete Event Management and Consultancy Service for Corporate, Private and Fundraising Clients.

n. Do you think enough is being done to help businesses in the county? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk