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Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 4 August.

There are a few days left to make nominations for the Suffolk Coastal Sports Awards. See their website for more information on how to enter.

EACH need volunteers to help at the ‘Big Summer Declutter’ event being held at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Sunday 8 August. If you can help contact Sarah Moss to find out more.

The Big Summer De-Clutter

BT's Phil Lennard running a team building exercise

BT's Phil Lennard running a team building exercise

Adastral Park hosted 40 students from around the UK in a three-day ‘Mashup Camp’ this week where they learnt to apply leading edge technology to solve business problems in new ways.

Described as a ’mini technology-related business degree in three days’, the Entrepreneurial Engineering Course was designed to teach business and entrepreneurial skills. It comprised of learning and ‘hands-on’ sessions in business skills, marketing, finance, debating skills and technology development. The aim was to build a new product that is complete and ready to take to market.

The students gave up time in their school holidays to attend, so they are highly motivated and keen to learn. During the event, they formed competing teams to come up with new innovative ideas for how to use new technology. The tutors, coaches and judges were all from either BT or the Smallpeice Trust. The SmallPeice Trust is an independent charity providing exciting programmes to promote engineering careers to young people. East Anglian chartered accountants Ensors from Ipswich were also involved. 

Phil Lennard of BT, who led the event, said: “Both the Smallpeice Trust and BT are very committed to developing young people’s skills in engineering and technology. The level of interest in ICT in schools needs to be kick-started and this was a great way of doing just that. We hope that the students left with a real understanding of how exciting and rewarding technology and hands-on software development can be”.

Louise Duncan of the Smallpeice Trust said: “This was a great event last year when we ran it first with BT, and this year was even better. We really can see how this hands-on approach can really invigorate the students’ enthusiasm and creativity.”

BT have a box at Ipswich Town that is available for use this Saturday – Ipswich vs West Ham – for a recognition or customer event.

If you’re interested, please send your nomination with justification to Carol Pilgrim.

Please note that the person nominating should be a BT employee.

Over 80 people registered to attend this inaugural webinar event on Wednesday 22 September to explore in-depth the issues around the sustainability agenda and how they relate to your business, the economy and the environment.

The discussion ranged from what is sustainable travel through cycling, electric vehicles, behaviour change and the bigger economic challenges, touching briefly on vegetarianism and bio-fuels.

The event has been recorded and can be replayed or downloaded online.

If you listened live or using replay we’d be interested in your feedback on this event.

If you have any further suggestions for future calls or use of the webinar technology then please email

A local business networking group has raised £265 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) Treehouse appeal.

The Treehouse appeal is hoping to raise £3 million to build and equip a new purpose-built children’s hospice in Ipswich for life-threatened children and their families in Suffolk & North Essex.

Phil Lennard, director of education outreach, started the networking group last year to enable people from different companies based at Adastral Park, and the wider Ipswich area, to meet up and exchange ideas.  The group meets monthly at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall and this month the hotel kindly laid on Pimms and canapés in return for a donation to the local charity.

Phil said: We had a truly excellent meeting in delightful surroundings whilst raising money for a very deserving cause.”

Mark Loades from the Treehouse appeal said: “On behalf of all the children and families benefitting from the care and support provided by EACH thank you to all those who attended the event and raised £265 for the appeal.”

If you’re interested in getting involved in the networking group please email Phil to find out more.

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Monday 19 July.

Prospect  (was Connect) will be in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 21 July.

Just a selection of photos from the Adastral Park family fun day…

Family fun day

Choose from: Hot roast beef, cold meats, smoked trout with apple, chicken caesar and four cheese & spring onion.

All served with salad and in a choice of breads

Only £3.50

Spicy wedge fries also available at this counter £1.20

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