Suffolk secures over £7.9 million worth of London 2012 contracts

Cllr Stephen Castle, Chairman of Nations and Regions in the East of England, stated ‘it’s extremely gratifying to see the variety of businesses in the region, both in type and size, which have enabled the Games to reach this advanced point, on time and on budget. Suffolk’s input is invaluable to the games and it’s great to see the county playing an integral part in the games already. We’re also urging every business in East Anglia to still register for CompeteFor as there are still a large number of Olympic contracts still up for tender, many of which are worth millions of pounds.’

Will Pope added ‘and it doesn’t stop at the Olympics, the opportunities continue to grow on CompeteFor, with both the Crossrail project and the Metropolitan Police adding contract opportunities to the site. We are running a number of events with regional partners to continue to promote both the CompeteFor site and other opportunities that the Games will provide.’

The events include opportunities for businesses already registered on CompeteFor, to find out how to maximise their use of the site. David Coulson, Regional London 2012 Lead said ‘CompeteFor provides a wealth of opportunities both in terms of contracts but also information about contracts won, business competitors and potential partnerships. Businesses can access this information for free and we will be able to show them how’. Details of these events and how to book can be found by clicking on the link

Is Twitter getting you all in a twizzle? Do you want to know your # from your @?

As a member of HCMTI you are entitled to attend this excellent TWITTER WORKSHOP at the EEP rate of £10. Simply tick the EEP box and put HCMTI member in the dietary requirements – along with the gluten free, chocolate aholic etc.

While we all know that Twitter is a fantastic platform to promote your business, many of us are still struggling to get our heads round how to use it to our best advantage, or even how to use it at all!

Facilitated by Christian Bone of Long Run Consulting, this fully interactive workshop will help you to set up your own Twitter account, learn the lingo and find out the best ways to market your business in just a few Tweets.

All you need to do is bring along your laptop and have an idea of what you would like to be promoting online. Soon you will be following all the right people, and getting them to follow you.

Places are already booking up fast so to avoid disappointment click here to find out more and to book your place. Don’t forget your laptop!

Suffolk Business Women is affiliated to Suffolk Chamber of Commerce with support from Suffolk County Council. This event is supported by Suffolk County Council’s Transforming Suffolk Innovation Fund.

Who Do You Know that is Not Currently In Work, But Has a Business Idea?

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being their own boss do tell them about BizBuz, Haverhill.

Enterprising Acorns and Menta, The Suffolk Enterprise Agency are working together providing informal, FREE events once a month in Haverhill .

The next BizBuz event is on Tuesday 24th January and a young Suffolk business will be sharing their insight and experiences on ‘How to start up in Business’

There will be free tea and coffee and the opportunity to find out the steps you need to take to set up a business.


The Menta Training Centre

2 Hollands Road

Haverhill CB9 8PP

Young People and Skills – Can You Help?

HCMTI, through Young Chamber, have been looking at Employability Skills and young people and how to address the issues that businesses face with regards to young people being ‘work ready’.

We have a number of events coming up that are specifically aimed at addressing this and helping young people which may be of interest to you.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programme – Schools

We are holding a focus group meeting at 3pm on 25th January at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich to discuss the idea of an industry led and endorsed pre-Apprenticeship qualification, to include a bespoke technical element and soft skills. We would love to have feedback from a range of businesses to help us design a programme to meet the needs of businesses, fill future skills gaps and to discuss the issues faced when employing young people.

Looked After Children and Care Leavers

This is an event on 23rd February (4.30 onwards – Ipswich venue tbc) in association with SCC Corporate Parenting. It is aimed at raising awareness of this specific group of young people who, through no fault of their own, lack the networks and connections that most people take for granted, thus lacking opportunities to help them succeed in life.

We will also introduce you to a number of very inspiring young people!

Futures Fair – Copleston High School

Sixth Formers are inviting businesses or business people from all sectors and backgrounds to come along to a Fair they are holding on 29th March from 5.30pm onwards. Would you like to come and talk to some young people informally about any or all of the following subjects:

Your business

Future opportunities

Future skills needs

What employers are looking for in young people

Starting your own business

This event will be looking to promote optimism!

If you are interested in getting involved with any of the above events or would like further information, please contact me

Inspired? A dance toolkit for the Olympics

A practical teacher training day open to those who are responsible for delivering dance in and out of school settings is being hosted by Dance East.

The day, which will take place between 9.15am and 3.45pm on Friday 24th February at the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich, will look at ways in which people can get involved with the Olympics and will feature an introduction about the philosophy behind Big Dance and the creative possibilities surrounding it by Wayne McGregor.

Taking place across the UK, Big Dance will feature thousands of events inspired by dance. These will take place in a variety of locations and will be open to anyone!


DanceEast is leading Big Dance in the East of England with events planned from Friday 18 May – Sunday 9 September 2012 to give everyone the opportunity to get dancing.

Assis Carreiro, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, DanceEast said ‘DanceEast is delighted to be the East of England Regional Hub for Big Dance 2012. This will be a unique celebration of not just dance, but of celebrating the potential of the human body to express itself physically through dance. Our aim is for everyone in the East to let themselves go!’

As part of Inspired! A dance toolkit for the Olympics, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will lead two practical sessions; one looking at the Big Dance Schools Pledge with ideas for developing and progressing the dance material; the other looking at resources from the Olympic Archive and using images and text as a stimuli for making movement.

To book call 01473 295230

Exporting for Growth Prize Competition – Reminder of Imminent Deadline (UK)

The Exporting for Growth Prize Competition aims to encourage more small businesses in the UK to take their products to overseas markets by offering a comprehensive package of support to the company with the best export idea.

Winners will receive UKTI support worth up to £5,000 and three grants for overseas travel to their target markets, plus expert business knowledge and insight from sponsor companies. Additionally, UKTI will provide access to a range of free services. Runners-up and shortlisted companies will also benefit from access to UKTI service offers.

All eligible companies will have access to professional mentoring support to develop their audition pitch, time with an international trade adviser and, subject to eligibility and resource, an opportunity to be considered for UKTI’s Passport to Export programme (with £1,000 of Business Development Credits) or Gateway to Global Growth programmes and other UKTI initiatives.

The Competition is open to UK-based SMEs. To be considered for entry, applicants must be eligible for UKTI services and be an SME according to the EU definition. UKTI is particularly interested to hear from first time or novice exporters.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 31 January 2012.