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The club has an ongoing programme of informal dinners and lunches with high profile speakers, allowing members to exchange views and opinions with key UK leaders and opinion formers in business and government, as well as meet like-minded business people locally and build relationships.
Past events Upcoming events
Christmas drinks evening at Christchurch Mansion December 2020

Date TBC but will be the 3rd or 4th December.

Lunch with Jarrold director Minnie Moll at Wherstead Park October 2020

The date is TBC still to correspond with Government guidelines, so please keep an eye on the website and your emails for updates on the date.

Evening at Wherstead Park August 2020

You are invited to join the Chairman for an informal al fresco summer evening held at the Mansion at Wherstead Park.

After several long months, we are really looking forward to welcoming back some of our members to this event. Drinks and a light dinner and dessert will be provided on the night.

Lunch with Ipswich MP Tom Hunt February 2020

Please join us for this lunchtime event to hear from the recently elected MP for Ipswich, Tom Hunt.

An evening with Ann Widdecombe October 2019

Join us for an evening event with special guest Ann Widdecombe.

More details to follow.

Evening with University of Suffolk Vice-Chancellor September 2019

Join us for an evening with Professor Helen Langton.

Lunch with Suranga Chandratillake September 2019

Join us to hear from guest speaker Suranga Chandratillake.

Summer Evening BBQ July 2019

You and your guest are invited for a summer evening BBQ held at the Mansion at Wherstead Park.

Lunch with Lord Bates June 2019

Join the club for lunch with special guest speaker The Rt Hon. the Lord Bates.

Lunch with David Sheepshanks April 2019

Join the club for lunch with special guest, David Sheepshanks at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Lunch with Secretary of State for Health & Chief Executive of Ipswich & Colchester Hospitals March 2019

Join the Business Club for lunch with Matt Hancock and Nick Hulme.

Christmas Drinks Hosted by Castons December 2018

Members are invited to this very informal event to celebrate with some Christmas drinks.

Lunch with Brandon Lewis MP November 2018

The Chairman of the Conservative Party, The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP.

Lunch with Barry Chevallier Guild September 2018

Members are invited to hear the fascinating story of an iconic Suffolk brand, Aspall Cyder. 

Lunch with Simon Barrow June 2018

Mr Barrow worked as a brand manager for Knorr (soups, sauces and stock cubes) for eight years and then for Colegate-Palmolive for five years. After starting his own business in 1992 and selling it to a US group in 2007, he is now an independent adviser specialising in employer branding and mergers and acquisitions, “the torture test for any employer brand.”

Dinner with Matthew Elliot June 2018

Matthew Elliott is one of the UK’s foremost political campaigners, having served as Chief Executive of the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum.

Upper Orwell Crossings - hosted by East of England Co-op June 2018

Ipswich Suffolk Business Club held a special business briefing on Tuesday 5th June, hosted by Wherstead Park, to help members understand more about the opportunities the Upper Orwell Crossings will bring to the town.

Lunch with Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP November 2017

The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, spoke to Suffolk business leaders as a guest of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club. The event was jointly sponsored by Scrutton Bland and Gotelee Solicitors.

Lunch with Dominic Richards September 2017

Business leaders in Suffolk enjoyed hearing Dominic’s entrepreneurial journey from retail to the development of community-centred new settlements, as well as his Retreat East journey to create an innovative, socially sustainable second home ownership model. Dominic also shared his vision for sustainable development in East Anglia and the need for “joined-up thinking” between businesses and local government.

Lunch with Mike Lynch July 2017

In February 2013 Mike raised $1 billion through his Invoke Capital fund to invest in up and coming British technology companies

Lunch with John Shropshire June 2017

John is Chairman of the G’s Fresh group of companies which now has sales of £400m per annum in the UK, Europe and the USA…

John Cridland February 2017

John Cridland CBE recently joined Transport for the North as the new independent Chair where he plays a leading role in transforming northern connectivity. The former CBI chief attended our most recent member’s lunch.

Dinner with Andy Street November 2016

Guest speaker, Andy Street joined us for dinner on 11 November 2016. In 2015 he was awarded a CBE for services to the economy during his roles as managing director of John Lewis and as Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Lunch with Lord Chadlington June 2016

Lord Chadlington founded two of the largest public relations networks in the world and has spent his working life in journalism, PR, and politics.


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