Suffolk Business Ambassadors Visit Adastral Park

May 17, 2016

As part of a series of visits ‘Showcasing Suffolk’s Assets’, Suffolk’s Business Ambassadors spent a fascinating few hours at Adastral Park, home of BT’s Global Research & Development Headquarters and Innovation Martlesham – the cluster of over 80 high-tech ICT Companies – located just outside Ipswich.

Recruited in partnership with Suffolk County Council’s ‘Invest in Suffolk’ team and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the Suffolk Business Ambassadors are high profile business leaders and professionals from a wide range of sectors, who are passionate about living and working in Suffolk. The Ambassadors actively promote our County during their usual daily business activities and, more specifically when invited to join SCC in receiving delegations to the region from potential inward investors.

A key objective of the visit to Adastral Park was to provide the Ambassadors with a ‘toolkit’ of information that would enable them to promote the ICT facilities offered by both BT and Innovation Martlesham. This additional information will help the Ambassadors attract and retain skilled ICT professionals and companies thereby contributing to the growth of the ICT sector in Suffolk.

From pioneering work in optical technologies and digital switching through to work in advanced software techniques and protocols, Adastral Park is recognised as one of the worldclass leading centres of technical innovation in the communication world.

Innovation Martlesham is home to a diverse range of small, medium and large technology companies providing a ‘collaborative ecosystem’. It offers physical and virtual office accommodation to support the demand from businesses, hosts networking opportunities and events, has a Business Support Function, Mentor Group and an ICT Business Incubator.

Kevin Woollard, BT’s Director Research Engagement and Operations, said: “We were delighted to host the Suffolk Business Ambassadors at Adastral Park. It gave us the ideal opportunity to let them experience some of the exciting research and innovation taking place on the park. This will help them tell their business contacts about leading-edge technology being developed right here on their doorstep.”

John Dugmore, CEO of Suffolk Chamber said “Suffolk is already a great place to do business and the Suffolk Business Ambassadors network will ensure that even more out-of-county companies are made aware of this fact. The toolkit is a handy way of getting our key message across; that in growth sectors such as information technology, sustainable energy and agritech Suffolk is THE place to be for ambitious and innovative businesses. The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the voice of the business community, is proud to be part of this excellent initiative”.

Suffolk County Council’s Chief Executive, Deborah Cadman said: “We are delighted that Suffolk has Innovation Martlesham and Adastral Park, where cutting edge technology is being developed to help businesses find new ways to communicate with customers and sophisticated forms of computer technology that will in time help us all with everyday tasks. I am particularly keen to see Suffolk continue to lead the way in technology innovation, enabling businesses to grow; ensuring we have the right skills for our workforce of the future.”

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