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Stowmarket business owners welcome to network at coffee mornings

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Businesses in a Suffolk town are coming together to support each other’s growth at networking coffee mornings.

From cafe owners to photographers and coaches to IT professionals, Stowmarket business owners are being welcomed to join a group of like-minded people to talk, support and learn about business.

The events are being held in the form of informal coffee mornings and breakfast meetings.

A previous coffee morning. Picture: Stowmarket and District Chamber of Commerce
A previous coffee morning. Picture: Stowmarket and District Chamber of Commerce

They are being organised by Stowmarket and District Chamber of Commerce which is a non-profit organisation made up of volunteers.

Sarah Manning, events co-ordinator at the chamber, said: “I run a business based in Stowupland and we started in 2021 but I volunteer at the chamber in my spare time.

“When you run your own business it can be a bit lonely, I suppose. Sometimes it’s good to be able to bounce your ideas off other people who also run businesses and connect with them. We kind of just all help each other, really.

“We try to use each other and spend our money locally, using the services that other members provide. If I need something for my business, I’ll speak to someone at one of our events who works in that sector.

“It’s a really friendly group and sometimes it’s nice to chat about business - but other times it’s just about what you’ve been up to at the weekend.”

The networking coffee mornings are on the first Friday of every month at 10am to noon and the venue is in rotation, but it is being held at Needham Market Community Centre for the next few weeks.

There is also a networking breakfast which takes place on the third Friday of every month at The Mix in Stowmarket.

This event starts at 6:45am and gives shop owners and other early morning starters a chance to chat before having to head off to start working.

To learn more about how to get involved, visit the website www.stowmarketchamber.co.uk.

The networking mornings are free for anyone to attend but business owners can pay £9 a month (or £90 a year) to become a member.

This includes a discounted breakfast, entry to a newly launched exclusive Facebook group and log-in details for a new website of premium features.

Chairman Colin Tapscott said: “We are known as a friendly community of business owners and so we wanted to take this sense of community to the next level and help businesses who couldn’t always make our face to face meetings

“Our new Community Chat Facebook page enables us to share good practice with one another, ask for support and share the best resources.

“The Community Catalyst website is a space for resources that can spark stronger business practice into life and empower the Stowmarket district business to thrive.”