PUBLISHED: 13:24 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:24 21 March 2018 Duncan Brodie Winners on stage at the end of last year's EADT Business Awards. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant The EADT’s 2018 Suffolk Business Awards are now open for entries. The presentation to Business of the Year Sanctuary Personnel at last year's awards. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN The awards, being staged for the 21st time this year, are again being run by the East Anglian Daily Times in association with joint main sponsors EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. As in previous years, there is a broad mix of categories offering the opportunity of recognition for businesses of all sizes, and from from all sectors of the economy. EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are joint main sponsors of the awards for the seventh year running, with their support again including the overall Business of the Year accolade. This title is awarded to a business chosen from among the winners of the other … [Read more...] about Could your business be a winner in the 2018 Suffolk Business Awards?
PUBLISHED: 11:31 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 22 January 2018 Duncan Brodie John Dugmore,chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Archant Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has become the first chamber in the country to be accredited for the assessment of Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships. Robert Turnbull of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Degree level apprenticeships involve learners completing a course with a college, university or other training provider and then being assessed by an independent “end point” organisation, in this case Suffolk Chamber. The University of Suffolk approached John Dugmore, chief executive at Suffolk Chamber, to encourage the business organisation to become an end point assessment organisation, something never previously achieved by any other chamber in the UK. Robert Turnbull, Suffolk Chamber’s programme leader for SFEDI, the qualification awarding organisation for enterprise, developed and created the necessary … [Read more...] about Suffolk Chamber first to achieve degree apprenticeship assessor status
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 January 2018 Gemma Mitchell Campaigners say more needs to be done to redress the pay gap. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE Working women in Suffolk earn on average 21% less an hour than men, latest figures reveal. Nelleke van Helfteren, of Ipswich Citizens Advice, says employers try to hide gender discrimination. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR The county’s median gender pay gap was wider than the national average of 18.4% in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics. The wage disparity has improved slightly in Suffolk since 2016, when it stood at 22.6%. Achieving equal pay and opportunities is an objective of Women’s Equality Party Suffolk. Chairwoman Nikki Packham said: “It is shocking and unacceptable that 47 years since the Equal Pay Act women are still earning less than men for no good reason. “Suffolk’s gender pay gap is even worse than the national average and we know that for some black, Asian and minority ethnic women … [Read more...] about Women’s Week: Suffolk’s ‘unacceptable’ gender pay gap is wider than national average
PUBLISHED: 17:09 10 January 2018 Duncan Brodie Nick Burfield of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Picture: David Garrad Archant Suffolk businesses have reported a strong end to 2017, with sales, orders and employment all improving during the final three months of the year compared with the previous quarter. Data from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) also show that business performance and sentiment in the county is largely ahead of that for the East of England as a whole. Growth is sales was particularly strong for manufacturing firms in Suffolk with the balance of those reporting an increase over those seeing a decline rising from plus 26% in the third quarter to plus 56% for domestic sales and from plus 29% to 35% for overseas sales. The balance among service sector firms, relating solely to domestic sales, also improved slightly, from plus 25% to plus 27%. The picture relating to new orders was more mixed, with the balance for … [Read more...] about Suffolk Chamber survey reveals strong end to 2017 for county’s firms
PUBLISHED: 09:02 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 05 April 2018 Sarah Chambers Muntons' diversity steering team. From left, Craig Dawson, Mary Narey, Harriet Johnson, Katie Lomax, Marina Last, Wioletta Butrynowska and Peter Rutter. Picture: ADRIAN GREEN Muntons A Suffolk food manufacturer says it will be making a concerted effort to get more women to take up manufacturing and engineering roles in a bid to bridge the gender pay gap in the sector. Stowmarket-based Muntons, which supports moves to end the gender pay gap by encouraging more women into higher-paid jobs, says it also wants to get more women into senior management roles. Muntons’ gender pay gap, based on earnings as at April 6, 2017 is 20.7% (mean) and 19.3% (median). But the firm, which has set up a diversity steering team, points out that the manufacturing sector as a whole has a higher than average pay gap at 22% (according to EEF figures). Of more than 10,000 companies which published data by the April … [Read more...] about Suffolk food manufacturer’s bid to close gender pay gap