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Local Energy Showcase Event

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils has recognised the existence of a Climate Emergency and is committed to supporting the Suffolk wide aim to become Carbon Neutral by 2030.

As part of this mission, we are excited to be hosting a Local Energy Showcase Event in October 2021 at Wherstead Park in Ipswich.

The Local Energy Showcase will champion the culture of sustainability across Suffolk communities and businesses over a two-day event.

Local businesses, communities, national organisation will have a chance to showcase the great work they are doing to reduce their impact on the environment and become carbon neutral.

Delegates will be getting the opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders in the field of carbon reduction, heat networks, solar energy. A great chance to find out what Localised Energy really means to them.

With the UN Climate Summit (COP26) taking place in Glasgow in November this year, the Local Energy Showcase is a real opportunity to show our commitment to Climate Change.

Features will include:

  • A marketplace for community-based organisations, businesses and charities
  • Expert keynote speakers
  • Workshops hosted by leaders in localised energy
  • Networking opportunities
  • Thought-provoking panel discussions

Book tickets

Register for Local Energy Showcase Sponsorship

Download the Local Energy Showcase Prospectus

Download the Local Energy Showcase Flyer

Email the Economic Development Team with a question

Babergh Mid Suffolk Innovation Network: Virtual Networking Session

You can now register to attend our first virtual innovation network session, which is taking place on Thursday 18 March 2021, from 4.30pm - 6pm. 

The free session will provide you with information from the University of Essex regarding knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs). You will learn:

  • what KTPs are
  • how KTPs can help your business
  • how you can access KTPs

We'll also be hearing from the University of Suffolk; find out how to get involved in their newly established 'Entrepreuneurs Forge' and Leadership Academy.

You should attend this event if you are looking to develop your business. It will help you to focus and improve productivity, through the best use of knowledge. There will also further information about programmes at the University of Suffolk, designed to help you with your own professional development. 

Register for our Virtual Networking Session

The link to the webinar will be sent to you 48 hours before the event.

Suffolk's Gateway Partnership: Delivering Kickstart for our employers and young people

Councils in Suffolk, alongside Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, are helping to deliver a new national programme to boost opportunities for young people in the workplace.

The Kickstart programme provides six month employment placements for 16-24 year olds who currently receive Universal Credit. The programme is designed to help them gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in future.

Kickstart provides funding to the employer, to cover the wages of each young person. This is equivalent to up to 25 hours a week, earning National Minimum Wage. Employers also receive extra funding to support the development of the young person.

In Suffolk, we are delivering Kickstart through a public sector partnership. This involves skills and training providers (including our colleges). Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are acting as the 'Gateway' organisation for employers wishing to register their interest.

By utilising the information, support and advice from multiple organisations and services, we can help you create a high quality work placement for young people. This, in turn will provide them with an invaluable opportunity during these challenging times.

Through the Gateway, you can access our programme and our support. Both will benefit a young person in learning new skills and gaining new experience throughout their placement with you.

By registering for Kickstart placements through our partnership, your company will benefit from:

  • an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the application process, which will ensure a smooth and easy journey - from initial interest to placement confirmation
  • easy access to staff from the Department for Work and Pensions (at all levels of operation) to address queries and blockages
  • the bespoke account management skills of our Kickstart Scheme Coordinator Emma Alderton. Emma is here to support you, the employer, throughout the entire process
  • the integrated and cost-effective wraparound offer from our high quality Gateway providers. This includes all the county's further education colleges (including East Coast college, Suffolk New and West Suffolk colleges)

When Kickstart was launched, the government restricted direct applications for Kickstart placements to just those from employers who could deliver a minimum of 30 placements.

However, the government has a target of at least 250,000 placements nationwide by December 2021. They have since announced that direct applications will be welcomed from all companies - regardless of the number of placements they wish to apply for.

Naturally, we welcome the government's renewed commitment to the scheme. However, we believe that our integrated partnership approach will continue to deliver the best outcomes for both our small and medium sized businesses. This is via simplified administration and a comprehensive package of support.

For more information about Kickstart and/or to register your interest in providing a placement, please contact Emma Alderton via email (

For information about support available to help you create more opportunities for young people - such as apprenticeships or work experience - contact Apprenticeships Suffolk. Please email and they will arrange a call with you, at your convenience.

Winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards announced

The winners of the first ever Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils Innovation Awards were announced at a virtual event on Tuesday 3 November.

The event was a great success attended by the nominees, judges, sponsors and other local businesses. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests joined one of three workshops and a very successful speed networking session. 

Find out more about the Innovation Awards winners

Other News

Register for Sizewell C Supply Chain Opportunities

EDF Energy has partnered with Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce to identify and support local businesses who want to become part of the supply chain. This is part of the proposal to build Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station. 

Businesses can register their interest for Sizewell C online. This forms the central resource for all Suffolk and Norfolk businesses who wish to make the most of this development.

See also the Essential Guide for the Nuclear New Build Supply Chain

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Better Broadband for Suffolk is a pioneering project that seeks to bring better broadband to Suffolk. It hopes to ensure the benefits of better broadband are maximised by businesses, households and service delivery organisations.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Central Suffolk

Babergh & Mid Suffolk are delighted to invest in the development of a new Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Central Suffolk. It gives our districts' businesses access to a wealth of support, networking and lobbying opportunities.

The Central Suffolk chamber was launched in Autumn 2019 and is chaired by Dr Peter Funnell.

Find out more about the Suffolk Chamber in Central Suffolk