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FSB preparing for Autumn programme

Businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk are being invited to take part in the FSB’s busy schedule of events in the region over the coming months. 

On 27 September, a new #FSBConnect networking group will be launched at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich, giving local business owners a chance to make new contacts and develop their knowledge of topical issues.

Bethany Whymark, Business Writer at the Eastern Daily Press, will be the guest speaker at the launch event, and will provide attendees with some tips on the steps that they can take to gain press coverage.

The following month (19 October), another #FSBConnect group will begin in Suffolk, at the Ipswich Hotel in Copdock. The speaker, Joanne Matsell of consultants Waddington Brown, will discuss how businesses can attract, recruit and retain top talent.

Then, on 16 November, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore will provide an update on the measures being implemented to tackle business crime in the county. 

As a further opportunity to make new contacts, a Women’s Networking Lunch has been arranged to take place at the Edmunds Restaurant at the West Suffolk College on 8 November.

The restaurant is run by students studying and aspiring towards a career in the hospitality industry, and has a fantastic reputation within the region. Local businesswoman Cherry Allen will deliver a talk on the theme of empowerment and her own business journey. 

As with last year, the team has also arranged for a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which will take place on 17 October. After the tour, members will have an opportunity to meet some of the region’s MPs in one of the committee rooms. The day will conclude with some relaxed networking on the London Eye. 

At the regional level, further political roundtables have been organised: Peter Aldous – the MP for Waveney – will meet members at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad on 19 September, and then Keith Simpson – MP for Broadland – will discuss business issues at the Wensum Valley Golf & Country Club in Taverham on 28 September. 

Meanwhile, the FSB will again, this November, be at The Forum in Norwich to run a Small Business Expo. Around 35 member businesses will be exhibiting at the event, while a programme of seminars will be running down in The Auditorium at the venue.

This will include presentations on council procurement, debt recovery, doing business on LinkedIn, developing an exit strategy, tackling cybercrime, and writing an effective business plan.  

Further information and booking details for all of these events is available at our regional website or by contacting Kathleen Maclean (