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Suffolk businesses learn more about proposed Upper Orwell Crossings

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.

The event included a presentation of the current proposals from Katherine Potts, Suffolk County Council’s consultation officer for the Upper Orwell Crossings, who discussed the opportunities that will arise from the new development as well as the challenges facing the project.

Katherine said: “This is an exciting project for Suffolk and engaging and communicating effectively with our stakeholders is vitally important. I hope tonight’s presentation both reassured and encouraged the business community and allowed them to see the benefits that this project will bring to Suffolk.” 

This was a special one-off event and a unique opportunity to see and debate the plans for the three River Crossings ahead of the formal consultation which is planned for this autumn.

Luke Morris, Chair of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club, said: “It was very interesting to learn more about the impact the crossings will have on Ipswich and the wider area. A lot of people in the business community have been confused about some aspects of the project so it was great to have Katherine disabuse a lot of those myths and set out, very precisely, what it’s all about.”

Ipswich Suffolk Business Club’s membership is made up of Suffolk’s business owners, leaders and key decision makers from a broad spectrum of industry sectors. They share the common goal of promoting business growth, inward investment and employment in the county. 

The Club regularly attracts outstanding speakers, giving members the opportunity to hear from and question exceptional business entrepreneurs and political influencers, including in 2017 the Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Technology Entrepreneur Mike Lynch OBE and G’s Fresh Chairman, John Shropshire OBE. The annual programme of events is supported by venue hosts Milsoms at Kesgrave Hall, Greene King and Genesis PR.

For information about Ipswich Suffolk Business Club email secretary@isbclub.org.uk or see www.isbclub.org.uk.

For further information about the Upper Orwell Crossings please see www.suffolk.gov.uk/upperorwellcrossings

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Toby Kramers

Committee Chair

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.