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Young people in Suffolk to receive employment boost

The Kickstart national programme has been designed by the Department of Work and Pensions, to provide 6 month employment placements for 16-24 year olds who currently receive Universal Credit. The programme will assist them in gaining the skills and experience they need to enjoy success in the future. 

Kickstart is being delivered locally by the county's councils and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. 

The programme provides funding to cover the wages of each placement (equivalent to up to 25 hours a week on national minimum wage). There will also be extra funding to help support each young person's development. 

In Suffolk, we have committed to a partnership approach. We are working across the public sector, alongside skills and training providers (including colleges). Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are acting as the 'Gateway' organisation for employers wishing to register their interest. 

Our partnership approach draws on the strengths of multiple organisations and services, to provide information and support that will help local employers create high quality placement opportunities. As well as benefitting local employers during this challenging time, Kickstart placements will provide young people in Suffolk with an opportunity to acquire new skills and experience.

For more information or to register your interest in providing a placement please contact Emma at

For more information on the support available to help you establish a wider range of opportunities for young people - such as apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience - please contact the Apprenticeships Suffolk service. Please email them via and they will arrange a call with you at your convenience. 

Winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards announced

The winners of the first ever Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils Innovation Awards were announced at a virtual event on Tuesday 3 November.

The event was a great success attended by the nominees, judges, sponsors and other local businesses. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests joined one of three workshops and a very successful speed networking session. 

Find out more about the Innovation Awards winners

Other News

Register for Sizewell C Supply Chain Opportunities

EDF Energy has partnered with Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce to identify and support local businesses who want to become part of the supply chain. This is part of the proposal to build Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station. 

Businesses can register their interest for Sizewell C online. This forms the central resource for all Suffolk and Norfolk businesses who wish to make the most of this development.

See also the Essential Guide for the Nuclear New Build Supply Chain

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Better Broadband for Suffolk is a pioneering project that seeks to bring better broadband to Suffolk. It hopes to ensure the benefits of better broadband are maximised by businesses, households and service delivery organisations.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Central Suffolk

Babergh & Mid Suffolk are delighted to invest in the development of a new Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Central Suffolk. It gives our districts' businesses access to a wealth of support, networking and lobbying opportunities.

The Central Suffolk chamber was launched in Autumn 2019 and is chaired by Dr Peter Funnell.

Find out more about the Suffolk Chamber in Central Suffolk