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New Innovation Network to connect businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk

Posted by Communications on 10 March 2021 | Comments

Businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk are being invited to join a new Innovation Network aimed at connecting forward thinking businesses of all types in the region.

Following the successful virtual Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Awards held in November last year, the Innovation Network will bring together a wide range of businesses to share and celebrate innovation and creativity across the districts.

The Innovation Awards recognised and celebrated organisations who are thinking outside the box and finding new ways to reach customers, becoming more sustainable or growing their business in a new way. Open to all types of businesses, the awards demonstrated that innovative and creative thinking is at the heart of many businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

The Innovation Network is free to join and members will be able to enjoy benefits such as workshops, virtual networking sessions with key speakers, regular newsletters and a platform for local businesses to meet and exchange ideas.

The first virtual network session will take place on Thursday 18 March and will welcome Robert Walker, Head of Business Engagement and Holly Leonard, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager from the University of Essex as the first keynote speakers.

The session will cover the funding landscape at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Innovate UK and how best to access relevant business grants.

Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council cabinet member for economic growth commented:

“The feedback we received following our inaugural Innovation Awards was incredibly positive and really demonstrated that businesses across the region from tech firms to high street retailers are really striving to integrate more innovative practices into their businesses.”

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for economic growth said:

“The last 12 months has shown us that innovation is crucial for businesses today. Our aim with the Innovation Network is to connect like-minded businesses across our region to share ideas, best practice and build a strong and positive network.”

Supporting innovation and in turn, the local economy, is a key theme for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. Over the last six months, the launch of the Virtual High Street in Sudbury has proved how critical it can be to use an innovative approach as well as new technology to support a wide range of businesses. Following the initial success of the Virtual High Street, the aim is to expand the platform to other key towns.

Find out more and join the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Network virtual event on Thursday 18 March.