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Business leaders positive for the future following Ipswich Vision conference

Over 180 local business leaders attended the Ipswich Vision conference to learn more about the plans for Ipswich and left positive that the town is in good hands.

Guest speaker Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive of UK Regeneration and Advisor to Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government congratulated those involved in bringing about the Vision but said that it wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of the people in the room. A former BID manager herself she said: “The businesses made this happen. They created this Vision.”

Ipswich Central Chairman Terry Baxter addressed the audience to bring them up to date with the work the Ipswich Vision Board has been progressing with. This included a list of 21 priorities which would be completed by the end of 2020. He said: “In the place shaping area, we can arguably make the most difference.”

Terry Hunt, Editor-in-Chief, of the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Times, spoke about the importance the local media has in this process. He explained that he will report on the progress and hold people to account if work is not carried out. He referred to himself and both newspapers as the “critical friend” of the Ipswich Vision and that we was please to see “political difference being put to one side… One united and very powerful voice.”

 All of the speakers at the Turning our Town around event line up for the camera at UCS on Thursday

The conference also played host to the Independent Business of the Year awards. Pocket Watch & Petticoats picked up the top award for overall winner with Hydrojetz named runner up and Applaud Coffee receiving the highly commended award.

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Sophia Lucette, owner of Pocket Watch & Petticoats, picks up the award for Independent Business of the Year from last years winner Semra Avcikay of Alaturka (right), Fiona Wright from Ipswich Central (far left) and Cathy Frost, owner of Loveone (left).

Click below to watch some of the highlights of the conference.