Upcoming Member Events

Monday 23 October 2017 
Suffolk Chamber Meeting

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is hosting a roundtable discussion with the Migration Advisory Service (MAS) on 23rd October at 4.30pm (for 5pm start) at Suffolk Chambers HQ, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SQ.

By way of background, back in July 2017, the government, via David Davis Minister for Brexit, commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. Through our County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the SAA, the MAC are seeking views and evidence from the business community.

Their recent call for evidence identifies the sort of information that the MAC will find most helpful at this stage, which can be found at:

This is your opportunity, as a valued SAA member, to highlight to MAC the implications to our county’s businesses of any potential changes in government legislation on accessing EU migrant workers post Brexit to work in our county’s businesses. MAC is particularly keen to hear from businesses who currently employ EU migrant workers or have aspiration to employ EU migrant labour. As mentioned this MAC report will shape governments final decision. Your voice is important to be heard.

RSVP to John Dugmore CEO at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. 

Monday 23 October 2017
NFU Meeting held in conjunction with Suffolk Agricultural Association

This is your invitation to attend an NFU meeting to look at the impact of Brexit on business.  In addition you will hear about the policy development work being undertaken by the NFU in making sure your voice is heard by Government.  To help shape this important piece of NFU work please do book into attend the meeting. 7pm for 7:30pm start at Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

The meeting will be chaired by the NFU Regional Advisory Board Chairman Will Dickinson (NFU Hertfordshire Council Delegate).  The NFU will be will be joined by the AHDB at these meetings.  The NFU speaker will be Gail Souter (NFU Chief EU and International Affairs adviser). 

Over the past 12 months, the NFU has presented its vision on the 4 priority areas of the Brexit negotiations as we see them affecting farming; international trade, labour, regulation and a domestic agriculture policy. The NFU will present the organisation’s latest thinking on the development of a domestic agriculture policy aimed at helping farmers to mitigate volatility, enhance productivity and to deliver environmental benefits once we leave the control of the CAP. The meetings will also cover what transitional arrangements will be needed to ensure continuity and certainty for farmers when we leave the EU and give members an update on the NFU’s trade policy priorities.

More background on NFU Brexit work can be found here: 

The meeting  will also hear from Sarah Baker (Senior Analyst) from AHDB.  The AHDB have carried out some economic analysis work to look at the impact of Brexit at a farm level and this will form the first part of the meeting. 

The Government is expected to publish a consultation on a draft Agriculture Bill by the end of the year, and members will have an opportunity to shape the NFU’s contribution to this by taking part in the meetings and giving feedback on the latest policy position.  Working with MPs in the months and years ahead will be key to delivering for members  and this is your opportunity to hear first-hand how you can help engage MPs locally.

Thursday 2 November 2017
SAA Gardening Conference 2017

To view the speakers and book click here.

Wednesday 15 November 2017
SAA/FWAG Brexit Conference 2017

The Suffolk Agricultural Association and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group have joined forces to examine how future farm policy can deliver for consumers, farmers and the environment.  To book click here.