Suffolk £ – Maximising the impact from investment event

2 Nov, 2022

1st November 2022

Suffolk Growth hosted it’s second market engagement event in its Suffolk £ programme at Trinity Park on Tuesday, 1st November. Suffolk £ events focus on raising awareness of upcoming opportunities in the construction and engineering supply chain, supporting SMEs to increase their capacity and capabilities to tender for upcoming contracts, and working with partners (e.g., colleges / training providers) to secure the maximum impact from these investment for the wider Suffolk economy.

With over 140 in the room, attendees heard about the significant upcoming opportunities arising from the forecast £70bn regional investment pipeline of major projects coming to the area over the next 10-15 years.

Saul Humphrey opened the event setting out the scale of the opportunity, the need for a skilled and resilient Suffolk supply chain to deliver the opportunity and highlighting the need for an ever- increasing focus on sustainable and responsible construction, delivering right buildings in the right place.

Attendees then heard about upcoming investments from Lovell Partnerships (housing sites across the county), the United States Air Force (developments at both Lakenheath & Mildenhall bases), Associated British Ports (LEEF project in Lowestoft & investments in Ipswich) and the 2023 Suffolk County Council / Concertus Construction Framework.

The half day session included time for networking and a break-out area hosting tables from the presenters alongside Suffolk Chamber of Commerce (Sizewell C Supply Chain), CECA, FSB, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), East Coast College, New Anglia Growth Hub, Suffolk County Skills Team.

Based on feedback received the event met / exceeded expectations for all attendees, scoring an average of 8.9/10 for satisfaction.

A copy of the slide deck with all presentations is available here.

If you would like to register with Suffolk Growth to hear more about upcoming Suffolk £ events please email

Skills is the buzz word – how do we make this happen?

Very interesting & worthwhile

Just great

Very enlightening

Good balance of presentations & networking time

Comments from those attending included