Lunchtime Meetings and Briefings

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Bridge Project (through the Courtyard Cafe), Gainsborough Street. The cost is low, there is always a speaker on a topic of some interest and it is a great way to network and meet other people in business.


8th January 2020

Tim Cooper: Pro Golfer at Newton Green Golf Club

Tim will tells about the history of the Newton Green GC and offer helpful tips and technique

11th December 2019

No speaker:

Come and join the Chamber for a get together in December, no speaker, just a chance to chat

13th November 2019

Paul Harrison: Patent and Trade Mark Expert

Paul will be explaining how we can protect our intellectual property using Patents and Trade Marks

9th October 2019

Peter Owen: Furniture and Musical Instrument Maker

Peter will be talking about his methods of making his bespoke furniture and early music instruments and his time working with Thomas Goff, early music maker

11th September 2019

Robert Hobbs: Corporate Manager for Strategic Planning at Babergh DC

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the Joint Local Plan Consultation. Robert Hobbs will speak about the keys areas that will effect Sudbury such the future provision for Industrial Sites and how Sudbury`s infrastructure will cope with the influx of new residents and visitors.

15th August 2019

Nnethergate Brewery:

Thursday August 15th at 6pm Come and join us for a tour of Nethergate Brewery. Recently constructed it shows how modern the Brewery industry has become.These modern facilities allow drinkers to watch the brewery in action.

10th July 2019

Mark Mitsum: East Anglian Air Ambulance Training Officer

Mark Mitsum and a colleague will tell us how the Service operates on a daily basis with its limited paid staff and many volunteers. After his talk they will offer basis CPR and DEFIB instruction. Do you have a member of staff who would act for your company in a matter of life incident. Please book early to book your places.

12th June 2019

Ruth Philo: Ruth Philo is an artist who works with many mediums of art quite

Ruth will be talking about the Silk Festival which takes place Saturday September 7th and how local business can take part and be involved

8th May 2019

Richard Humphries: Founder of Humphries Weaving

An amazing success story spanning over 50 years - Richard's company has provided re-designed fabrics at Buckingham Palace and following fires, at Windsor Castle & Hampton Court. They have upholstered the Coronation Coach.

10th April 2019

Gary Harvey: Group Managaing Director of Mel Aviation

For payment on line go to: - Click on Sudbury Chamber - Click on Meetings for 10th April- Click on Member or Non member - enter details in the boxes and click on Submit. Then Click on Pay by Card and the price comes up. Fill in card details then Click on Pay Now. Should you only be able to pay cash, please e-mail the secretary: Regards, Michael Heyland, Secetary

13th March 2019

Andrew Long: Chairman Sudbury AFC

This networking lunch & talk about Sudbury's Football Club will be preceded at 12 Noon by Sudbury Chamber's AGM with both meetings being at The Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough street Sudbury.

13th February 2019

Robert Spivey: Treasurer, Sudbury & District Citizens' Advice

Venue The Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough Street Sudbury Time 12.30 - 2 pm Networking followed by a buffet lunch and talk

9th January 2019

Councillor Sue Ayres, Mayor of Sudbury:

12.30 - 2 pm at the Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU

12th December 2018

No speaker:

Come along for an informal meal with other Chamber members

14th November 2018

Arthur Charvonia: Chief Executive of Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council

12th September 2018

Andy McMillan: Economic Development Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council

Potential developments of these areas are still causing constant concern to Sudbury Life

8th August 2018

No Speaker:

Come and meet Chamber members in the summer

11th July 2018

Susan Gale: Manager of Sudbury Tourist Information Centre

Alarm bells are ringing as Lavenham TIC is soon to close!

13th June 2018

Mary Evans: Suffolk County Council

Jane is the Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Issues

9th May 2018

Ted Clarkson: President of Sudbury Cricket Club

Opportunities for local businesses to engage with Sudbury Cricket Club

11th April 2018

Andy Howes: Vice Chair of Sudbury in Bloom

How Sudbury in Bloom will be Good for Business

14th March 2018

Gordon Birchall: Commercial Surveyor

Their aim is to bring business and investment in to the Sudbury area.

14th February 2018

Vince Chandler: Partner, Moore Green

Vince will talk about how the budget affects business

14th January 2018

John Ward and Jan Osborne: Chairman and deputy chair of Babergh District Council

The speakers will talk about the the proposed merger with Mid Suffolk and matters of importance

14th December 2016


Christmas social meeting

12th October 2016

Carl Shillingford: Chef, owner of Shillingfords at the Quay

Demonstration of food foraging

14th September 2016

Abbie Thoms: Polyspiral Graphic Design

Graphic Design and Visual Communication

13th July 2016

Visit to Phillips Avent:

Tour round the Phillips Avent factory in Glemsford

8th June 2016

Vince Chandler: Moore Green

The 2016 budget

11th May 2016

Paul Maskall: Suffolk Police Cyber Crime

The need for cyber security and the basic risks

13th April 2016

Bob Waller: Chairman Sudbury Rugby Club

Managing an amateur club in these professional times

9th March 2016

Justin Grainger: MD of CrowdfundME2

Justin will talk about crowd funding

13th January 2016

Annesta Newson MBE: Founder of the Bridge Project

Annesta is retirning, she will tell us about the work of the Bridge project

11th November 2015

James Finch: Head of Suffolk CC Highways & Transport committee

Head of Suffolk CC Highways & Transport committee

14th October 2015

Tamara Unwin: Director of Stoke by Nayland Club

Director of Stoke by Nayland Club

8th July 2015

John McMillan: Owner of McMillan Technology

How to choose a web site builder
John will talk about the different types of web site and what to look for in companies who provide web sites

10th June 2015

Mark Bills: Director of Gainsboroughs House

Plans for the development of the house

8th April 2015

Tim Passmore: Police and Crime Commissioner

Policing in Suffolk

11th March 2015

Walter Mattis, Cannon Avent: Site Director & Operations Manager

Introduction to Philips Avent

Meeting with Robert Hobbs

Robert Hobbs of Babergh DC briefing Chamber members

Chamber Meeting

Networking at Chamber briefing

Bookings for all the above can be made with Andy Howes on 01787 227722 or on