“East Suffolk: So much on the horizon!”
The Sixth East Suffolk Partnership Annual Forum at Trinity park Conference Centre 9th November 2018.
The theme this year was “East Suffolk: So much on the horizon!” which provided an opportunity to “take a breath” during this time of rapid change to look at the potential ups and downs of living in east Suffolk – both now and in the future.
The Chairman delivered an update on the ESP, supported by a newsletter included in the delegate pack. The Newsletter is available to view on the ESP website here.
The keynote speech expanded on the theme “East Suffolk: So much on the horizon!” and was shared by Stephen Baker (Chief Executive, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and Chair of the Suffolk Growth Programme Board) and Anna Crispe (Head of Knowledge and Insight, Suffolk County Council)
The annual Forum yet again enjoyed excellent partnership support and many individuals from a wide range of different organisations and communities were willing to offer resources and support to make it a success. The event was again oversubscribed and around 200 people attended.
The event was once again supported by the East of England LGA.
The outcomes from the event were collated and can be viewed here.
Ray Herring, ESP Board member, said:
“This year has been a huge success with over 200 people attending the Forum.
“The Forum is a great event that brings together people, partners and organisations to not only reflect on the past year, but also look ahead to the future.
“These are exciting times for east Suffolk and this event offers a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate and build on the proud record of partnership working we have in this area.”
“I have attended every year since the start of LSP/ESP and see that the make-up and deployment of the key note speakers and workshops improve every time. In my view it has become one of the most influential events of the calendar”
“I came away inspired, challenged and slightly depressed by my Workshops - one was about county lines, so it's good to get up to date with that, but concerning too”
“Very useful for networking and spreading the message of the moment - in this case Brexit and how to plan for it in an uncertain world”
“What a brilliant event on 9th Nov in Trinity Park! Very nice to see so many people thinking the same way and wanting to improve business in our area. Cooperation is definitely the way forward!”
“It was really good to see the younger generation involved in the event and hosting their own workshop - the Kahoot survey was a really good way to present the information and engage the participants”
“I thought the event was very well organised and the overarching themes regarding the future (and the projected trends) really helpful in supporting service planning”
“I think the main benefit of the event from my perspective is to see the bigger picture: to find out more about some of the things that are being worked on at District level and to understand more about future trends makes it easier to see things in context”
“The event was well organised and well set out. As one of the 'market stall' holders, I was pleased with the traffic through the market and was able to make useful contacts I would not ordinarily have made”
“These events are critical, not just for big businesses but for small groups also”
Workshop and seminar outcomes