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ABP hosts business leaders for Ipswich port tour

May 16, 2018

Associated British Ports (ABP) hosted members and guests from Ipswich Suffolk Business Club for a presentation about the significance of Port of Ipswich to the UK economy and an opportunity to see the Port from the river on sailing barge Victor.

Ipswich is the leading East Anglian regional port. It is the number one port for UK grain exports, connecting Suffolk with mainland Europe and has a major focus as the leading port for the Agribulk, Construction, and Forest Product sectors. It also positions itself as a port of entry for materials associated with national infrastructure development.

ABP’s ports in East Anglia contribute £360 million to the UK economy every year, including £245 million to the region. They also support more than 3,600 jobs, including over 1,800 in Ipswich, 1,200 in Lowestoft and nearly 600 in Kings Lynn.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager, East Coast, ABP Ports, said: “We were delighted to host the members and guests of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club who together are driving local economic growth, job creation and inward investment. It was an opportunity to highlight the essential role played by ABP in the region and in particular in Ipswich where we provide a gateway for significant industry sectors including Agribulk, Construction and Forest Products.”

Luke Morris, Chair, Ipswich Suffolk Business Club, said: “Members enjoyed an insightful presentation about ABP and the leading role of Ipswich Port in the region, as well as having a delightful cruise on sailing barge Victor, which was an opportunity to see the Port at first hand from the river. Thanks go to Paul Ager and his team for a fabulous event.”

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