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West Suffolk Business Festival launches TODAY!

October 4th 2021

The West Suffolk Business Festival officially launches today with the opening event in Bury St Edmunds

The festival, now in its eleventh year, will take place between October 4 and 15 at various locations including Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.

A 23 page dedicated Business Festival supplement is available and perfectly showcases the activity that will take place over the 2 weeks 2021events (

The EpiCentre is hosting two events including 'Back to Business' a business support event for start up or scale up companies and 'Changes - Transforming Women in Business' an inspirational evening to engage locally with women in business to support fast-tracking their beliefs about what is possible in their careers.

There will be a lecture on business sustainability at West Suffolk College and the University of Suffolk will be holding a course on how to eat healthily to boost productivity, and another on leadership skills and Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor will be holding sessions on understanding the business funding journey.

Menta will also be holding various support events for all kinds of business tips from how best to use Facebook and Instagram to how to make good smartphone videos.

The business festival closes with the glittering showcase of the Bury Free Press Business Awards at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on October 15.

(Right, West Suffolk Council leader, John Griffiths, and centre, Bury Free Press Editor , Barry Peters with Festival partners at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture by Phil Morley)

Kelly Boosey, Centre Manager at The EpiCentre CEO said: “This is our first Business Festival having only opened the centre in November 2020 right in the thick of the pandemic and restrictions and so we are excited to engage with the business community.  It's definitely a time of evolution and regeneration, as we put 18 difficult months behind us and look forward to prosperity.  The diverse events programme gives us an opportunity to re-connect, draw on the business support available and get hands on advice.  We cant wait to show off our facility and offering to a new audience.' 

Phil Stittle, executive director for business at West Suffolk College, said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting the Business Festival.  It will be a chance to celebrate the many success stories of both the college and the community that culminates in the awards ceremony.  The events give people a chance to network, make new connections and find out about the many businesses that are helping the economy of Bury and the surrounding areas. The festival is always a great business showcase.”

West Suffolk Council leader, John Griffiths, said: “The council is delighted to be working with partners to create this great event to support business development, skills growth, networking and more.”

October 5th 2021

Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor supporting UK’s economic fightback

Key assets in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) are helping to strengthen the UK’s economy at a critical time, business leaders and politicians have told a major conference in Manchester. Supporters of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) hosted an event entitled ‘The Corridor of Life’ in Manchester this week to showcase the breadth of opportunities across the region.

October 4th 2021

High profile event will showcase nationally important tech corridor to politicians and business leaders from across the UK

Supporters of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) will head north to Manchester on Monday to firmly put our region’s strengths on the national map. The event is being held in Manchester to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference and the audience of politicians and council leaders, academics and businesses will learn more about the breadth of opportunities across the Tech Corridor region.

September 9th 2021


Businesses, musical talent and a local celebrity gathered on 8th September 2021, to support the opening of Cool Beans, the new café at The EpiCentre on the Haverhill Research Park.