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New scheme to encourage business start-ups launched by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils




A new scheme to encourage start-up businesses in Suffolk to take the leap of faith has been launched by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

Innovate Local is part of the councils' goal to support high streets and create vibrant town centres in the region.

The pilot scheme is designed to help companies in Stowmarket, Hadleigh, Sudbury and Eye grow and reach new audiences following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hadleigh Market.
Hadleigh Market.

As part of the scheme, businesses will be offered the use of a market stall in either Stowmarket or Hadleigh, or alternatively a space at an innovation hub in Sudbury or Eye.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economic growth at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: "Through Innovate Local, businesses have a unique opportunity to drive their business forward with expert support and advice. With our experience of the success of the Innovation Labs in Stowmarket, I am delighted that we can now extend this offer to Eye and Sudbury.”

Those who opt to take part in the scheme will receive guidance and business advice before and after the scheme.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economic growth at Mid Suffolk District Council.
Cllr Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economic growth at Mid Suffolk District Council.

Sage & Seasalt, who sell handmade coastal inspired items, will be the first business operating at Stowmarket market under the scheme on Saturday, July 24. Suffolk Style, who create recycled good for home and gardens, will begin in Hadleigh on Friday, August 6.

Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council cabinet member for economic growth, said: "Hadleigh market is a popular shopping destination and a great place to showcase new businesses. Innovate Local provides a fantastic opportunity for new businesses to explore new opportunities with the support and advice to take their enterprise to the next level.”

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