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Cabinet Minister speaks at Suffolk business leaders’ lunch

The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP, Minister without Portfolio and Chairman of the Conservative Party, spoke to 100 Suffolk business leaders on 23rd November as a guest of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club. The event was sponsored by Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, where the event was held, Greene King, who provided the beverages, and Genesis PR who provided the PR and marketing support.

With Brexit approaching, the Ipswich Suffolk Business Club was thrilled to have Brandon Lewis speaking at this popular event and answering questions from the members and their guests.

Mr Lewis outlined the timeline of events concerning Brexit over the next couple of weeks, stating that: “the focus for us is to get the Brexit deal approved through Parliament.”

He continued by saying: “this is such a key issue for our country. The deal that the Prime Minister has put together and what Parliamentarians will be voting on is the withdrawal agreement. It’s a final legal agreement on the fact we are leaving the EU in March 2019 and the political agreement about what the future arrangements will be.”

For Suffolk businesses, his message was: “to be confident and optimistic [about Brexit]. Getting the deal through Parliament will ensure some certainty for businesses, especially with trade. As we leave the European Union (EU) there is an opportunity to benefit from the trade agreement with the EU, and as we develop our own independent trade policy to look at exporting more widely around the world.

There’s a huge benefit from the brand of being British. Our brand is valued around the world for quality and experience and more businesses can grow and increase their profit lines as a result. Good for jobs in the area and for the economy.”

He continued later in his talk by saying: “The best way for Ipswich and Suffolk business to grow, is for you [Suffolk businesses] to work together to promote what you have to offer here.”

Luke Morris, Chairman of the Ipswich Suffolk Business Club, said: “It’s a fantastic coup for the Club to have hosted The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP the very week that the PM announced her deal. We are very grateful to him for taking the time to attend this lunch to speak to our members and answer some tricky questions, without ducking them. He had a clear message for the leaders of Suffolk to be confident and optimistic about Brexit and this deal, but also took the time to speak individually to members with a different point of view. It was a fantastic event and a great example of the valued opportunities the Club has gained a great reputation for providing to its members.”

Ipswich Suffolk Business Club membership is made up of local business owners, leaders and decision-makers who share the Club’s vision in promoting business growth and accelerating Suffolk’s business reputation in the UK.

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Toby Kramers

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Toby was brought up in Suffolk and, after a brief spell at University and working in London, returned to Ipswich to work in a legal practice in Ipswich in the 1990s where he has worked ever since as a solicitor specialising in Commercial Property.

Outside of work, Toby enjoys politics (he was Chairman of and remains involved in the South Suffolk Conservative Association), singing (he has performed with the Essex University Choir) and country sports. He is involved in a number of local charities.