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Hundreds of people have been getting down to some serious business this week.

Leadership skills, tips for Facebook and Instagram, business sustainability and even eating to enhance productivity and are just some of the topics covered in a series of face-to-face and online events at the West Suffolk Business Festival being held between October 4 and 15.

Energy for business, understanding the funding journey, digital skills, women in business and manufacturing best practice are some of the topic for next.

MENTA chief executive Alex Till with West Suffolk Council Leader John Griffiths at the launch of the festival. Photos by Greyhound Creative
MENTA chief executive Alex Till with West Suffolk Council Leader John Griffiths at the launch of the festival. Photos by Greyhound Creative

MENTA, New Anglia Growth Hub, Hethel Innovation, West Suffolk Manufacturing Group, the EpiCentre in Haverhill, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia LEP, Cambridge to Norwich Tech Corridor, the CBI, the University of Suffolk and West Suffolk College are all involved in the festival this year.

The majority of the events are free.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “The festival has so far been fantastic.

Networking events are going on throughout the festival
Networking events are going on throughout the festival

"We all missed not being able to get out and meet people last year, and if you are looking to network and make new connections to help take your business forward, this becomes very important.

"Equally being able to access events and seminars digitally to cut down on travel and save time is very useful, particularly as we look at sustainability.

The aim of the festival has always been to help support our businesses to realise their ambitions, be even more successful and ensure prosperity here in West Suffolk for this and future generations.

"So it has been great to see so many partners involved, helping direct businesses to advice, support, finance as well as to brush up or learn new skills and be inspired by new opportunities and ways of working.

There was food and live music for the launch @Inc.
There was food and live music for the launch @Inc.

"There’s lots more still to come of course including the awards which, after the year we have all been through, have perhaps never felt so important in terms of celebrating the great achievements of our businesses and individuals , and recognising their wider role in supporting our communities.”

MENTA helped launch the festival on Monday and saw more than 50 local businesses join the Atkins Dellow brunch @Inc. in Bury town centre.

Alex till, CEO, said: "It was a great launch, live music, business connections being made, and it was good to enjoy face-to-face events once more

"Our events this week alone have seen more than 170 business people enjoy networking, digital skills training as well as the Sizewell C supply chain evening held at West Suffolk College.

Into the second week and we focus on Haverhill with networking, and a new concept of 'digital sandwiches', where there really is such a thing as a free lunch.

"The event on Thursday looks at how business can grow leads online - and the lunchtime sessions include a real sandwich not just a digital one."

For the remaining events and to book: visit: www.businessfestival.org

The festival concludes with the Bury Free Press West Suffolk Business Awards.

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