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Inaugural ‘Question Time’ Luncheon

Local Business Leaders to Explore Crucial Regional Matters

This unique event will bring together prominent local business leaders to delve into pressing regional challenges and foster meaningful discussions on topics ranging from recruitment strategies to economic stability.

Diverse Panel to Drive Insightful Conversations

The distinguished panel includes Gerard Francis, Founder of Lighthouse Personnel, Charlotte Bate, a leading expert in Human Resources, representing MAD-HR, Luke Morris, seasoned professional in the financial sector representing Scrutton Bland, and Paul Milsom, a hospitality industry stalwart and owner of the renowned Milsom Hotel Group. The diversity of expertise promises a well-rounded exploration of key issues impacting the regional business landscape.

Engaging Format and Audience Interaction

The luncheon will be moderated by Gina Long MBE, one of ISBC Club’s Patrons. The event will feature a unique ‘Question Time’ format, encouraging audience interaction and active participation in the discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, fostering an environment of collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Key Discussion Points

The panel discussion will address critical topics such as overcoming recruitment challenges in the face of candidate shortages and the impact of COVID on businesses. Additionally, the panellists will explore strategies for cultivating resilience and leadership skills among employees, contributing to individual growth and the overall success of organisations.

Social Responsibility and Sustainable Legacies

Gina Long will also lead discussions on aligning businesses’ social responsibility initiatives to create lasting positive impacts from businesses for many benefitting communities and projects. The panellists will share insights on how businesses can leave meaningful and sustainable legacies for future generations, contributing to the long-term development of the region.

ISBC Vision: Building Relationships and Shaping the Future

Founded on the principles of building relationships and shaping the future, ISBC provides its limited, invitation-only members with engaging opportunities to meet successful local business leaders. The club prioritises disseminating the latest thinking from industry leaders in their field, helping business leaders understand the business environment of the future.

Membership is exclusive and includes influential business leaders, experts in their chosen sectors, and opinion formers. All members are in a real position to influence the direction and growth of their businesses, aligning with the club’s vision. ISBC welcomes members from all political affiliations.

Media Coverage and Networking Opportunities

The luncheon is expected to draw the attention of local media, with personal invitations extended to representatives. A dynamic event video will capture highlights, providing engaging content for social media platforms. Attendees will also have ample time for networking, fostering connections and proactive relationships throughout many business sectors.

Join us at 12pm on February 9th at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

About The Panel

Gina is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, free-lance journalist, mentor to many charities, individuals and a global charity campaigner. She was awarded an MBE for services to the charity sector in December 2015. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk in October 2018. She is an Ambassador and Patron of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, West Suffolk College and Sarcoma UK.
Among her many charitable achievements, she has raised over £7 million.
Gina founded one of the first Global Online Auctions, the ‘Ultimate Charity Auction’ which has raised more than £1.8 million since its inception in 2011.
Eight years ago, she started her own charitable foundation trust, ‘GeeWizz’, which was a very special, small charity. It closed in March 2023, after great deliberation, in wanting to ‘semi-retire’…… whilst she proudly continues her charity campaigning, voluntary fundraising, mentoring, patron and ambassadorship roles. She recently accepted becoming a Vice-President of Country Trust.

Paul Milsom is a hospitality industry stalwart, one who owns the renowned Milsom Hotel Group. As a Club we are indebted to him for the generous support he has given us, without hesitation, when asked many years ago if he would sponsor the Hangar and the Talbooth, allowing us to host our lunches and dinners. 

With a passion for elevating guest experiences, Paul has played a pivotal role in shaping the regional hospitality sector. His leadership and innovative approach make him a key player in discussions on the future of the local business landscape.

Charlotte is a leading expert in human resources, serving as one of the driving forces behind MAD-HR. With a commitment to fostering healthy workplace environments, Charlotte excels in providing strategic HR solutions that deliver organisational goals. Her extensive background in navigating HR challenges equips her to address key people challenges impacting the regional business landscape.

An ISBC former Chairman, Luke is a highly regarded seasoned professional in the financial sector, representing Scrutton Bland. With a wealth of experience assisting business leaders and entrepreneurs to grow, buy, sell, refinance, reorganise and value their businesses, Luke is well-versed in addressing the economic aspects of regional issues. His insights contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape.

Gerard Francis is a prominent figure in the field of recruitment. As the founder of Lighthouse Personnel, he specialises in guiding individuals in their career, and businesses in making quality hires. With a wealth of experience in Recruitment, Gerard brings valuable insights into the local job market.

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.