West Suffolk Business Festival launches with new brand

Launch of the West Suffolk Business Festival 2016. Phil Stittle, director of businesses development

Launch of the West Suffolk Business Festival 2016. Phil Stittle, director of businesses development at West Suffolk College, Laura Welham-Halstead, head of communications and connectivity at Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Nicci Dunning, business development executive for Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, Alex Till, chief executive of Menta and Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for planning and growth. - Credit: Archant

The countdown to this year’s West Suffolk Business Festival has begun – with a new brand unveiled to acknowledge its status as the eastern region’s leading festival of business.

The festival was first launched by St Edmundsbury Borough Council back in 2011,and since then the council has formed a partnership with Forest Heath District Council while the festival has evolved to include events across the whole of West Suffolk.

Now, as excitement builds for the sixth annual festival, organisers have unveiled a new Business Festival logo, designed by Kate Greenaway of Bury St Edmunds based Frontroom Creative Ltd.

James Waters, leader of Forest Heath, said: “There are three weeks to go to the festival and whatever sector of business you work in, there are plenty of reasons to get involved.

“West Suffolk councils prides itself on creating the opportunities for businesses to connect with each other, to grow their sales and create new employment for the local area.

“This year’s festival also includes a special business breakfast with the Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce at which we will be discussing the challenges and options for creating new industry and jobs in Mildenhall with the closure of the airbase – so book up for your festival events now.”

Leader of St Edmundsbury John Griffiths said: “The festival has become a hugely popular and successful event which brings businesses together, widens their knowledge and helps to generate new leads.”

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The festival runs from October 4-14 and details of the various events is now available at www.businessfestival.org

Featured events include the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce lunch with Jerome Mayhew, managing director of GoApe, the Menta Trade Fair, and a Bank of England breakfast event at which there will be an update on the latest economic forecasts.

Updates will also be available from now and throughout the festival via twitter – follow @businessfestbse and use the hashtag #BizFestBSE