The East Suffolk Partnership celebrated its fifth annual Forum today (Friday 10 November) with over 200 people attending the fully booked event at Trinity Park, Bucklesham.

This year’s theme “Unlocking the potential of growth in east Suffolk” focused on the idea of “inclusive growth”. Inclusive growth is an important for promoting economic growth for the benefit of everyone - and we explored how to deliver economic growth while improving local services, supporting communities and protecting the environment.

The important annual event offered excellent networking opportunities and gave delegates the chance to participate in a collaborative approach to working in east Suffolk. Through a programme of presentations, workshops and seminars delegates examined how individuals and communities in East Suffolk can connect to, and feel the benefits from, economic growth.

The East Suffolk Partnership (ESP) attracts people from local communities, voluntary organisations, public services, businesses and local government and encourages them to work together for the benefit of east Suffolk.

The programme reflected the key issues important to the ESP:

  • Our people – healthy and resilient individuals
  • Our environment – maximising natural capital
  • Our places – resilient communities and businesses

The event was once again supported by the East of England LGA.

The key note speaker for this year’s forum was Minnie Moll, Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-operative & HRH Prince Charles’ Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East of England.

Minnie shared her perspective on how a thriving business not only turns a profit and contributes to economic growth, but can also play its part supporting essential local services, individuals and communities.

Ray Herring, Chairman of the East Suffolk Partnership, said:

“This year has been our busiest forum yet, offering us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and build on the proud record of collaboration we have here in East Suffolk.

“The forum is vital in bringing key people, partners and organisations together to not only reflect on the past year, but look ahead to the future of a rapidly changing east Suffolk.

“We know that with support, local people are often best placed to find innovative solutions to local issues and anticipate that discussions from today will go on to shape how we approach local priorities here for many years to come.”