Suffolk Coast Business has voted in local businesswoman, Shelley Nott, as its new chair.  Ms Nott, owner of Shelley Nott Photography and vice chair of Businesses of Saxmundham, has four decades of commercial experience with SMEs and international enterprises.

She said: “It is rather daunting taking over this role after Jenny Stockman has done such a fabulous job, but I am also looking forward to doing what I can to improve the businesses environment in our area. I passionately believe in the development of our local economy and Suffolk Coast Business is an ideal vehicle to achieve this. Many of our members are small or micro businesses and it can feel very lonely out there. By working together we achieve so much more than working alone.”

Outgoing chair, Jenny Stockman from Framlingham Technology Centre, founder and managing director of the youth enterprise organisation Fresh Aspirations Forum CIC said:

“I am extremely proud to have been leading this pro-active group through its period of rapid development and growth. A change of name, new format for our evolving major annual business conference, an ambitious business plan and connection with neighbouring business forums has given us an exciting few years. Shelley, with her practical and objective leadership, will undoubtedly ensure that our member business associations, their members and the communities they represent are getting support and encouragement that will strengthen them for the future.”

Board member Paul Rous, general manager of Bruisyard Hall and Angel Investor has also retired to concentrate on his role as a Suffolk Coastal District Councillor and other business ventures; he is replaced by Wil Gibson who recently moved from the position of chief executive of Suffolk ACRE to become lead consultant with Wil Gibson Consulting.

Wil Gibson said:

“I have been involved with Suffolk Coast Business for some time because of my commitment to business associations working together and rural development so I am excited at the opportunity to make use of my contacts and experience to help further develop the success and sustainability of the organisation. We have a lot happening over the next 12 months and I am relishing the opportunity to be part of it.”

Suffolk Coast Business has been supporting business associations with representation, advice and routes to funding whilst offering members of Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Framlingham and Leiston business associations monthly networking breakfasts, a popular annual exhibition and conference and low cost skills workshops since 2009. It was previously known as Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative.


Local businesswoman Shelley Nott

Local businesswoman Shelley Nott