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The Spring | Summer 2022 issue is themed…

Altruism

Our lead interview is with Matthew C Applegate, Creative Computing Club
“Everything we do at the Creative Computing Club is incredibly hard work, but also incredibly rewarding. It’s not about the paycheque, it’s about the future of the kids I teach and putting them on the right path.”

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Helping you run your business better.

Although not specifically aimed at directors and owners of start-up businesses, the magazine content, advice and tips we share with our readers have one common goal, to help you run your business better, no matter how long you have been trading.  Our articles come from leaders of local businesses all who know first-hand the reality of running a business based in Suffolk and are willing to share their knowledge. 

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Content this issue

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It’s important to help yourself, too

By Clare Friel, Friel

I am not going to lie; I had to google what altruism even meant when I was asked to write about it! It’s not exactly a word that comes up in daily conversation. However, after a quick search, it really resonates with me.

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Is altruism good for business?

By Carole Burman, MAD-HR

Giving time without expectation of fee or favour, caring selflessly, and considering others – they’re all phrases we’ve been used to hearing with greater frequency throughout the pandemic.

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Are professional photos worth the money?

By Warren Page, Pagepix

If you have a smartphone, then its camera means you can take a good quality photo. So, why should you spend out on hiring a professional photographer to do what you can do for free?
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Tech solutions for a hybrid workforce

By Kevin Linsell, IJYI

It looks as though hybrid working is set to stay. However, this presents some problems for business owners who need to be able to manage their team, customers, tooling and assets both on-premises and remotely.

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Selling up? Consider an EOT

By By Malcolm McGready, Ensors Chartered Accountants

Many sellers of owner-managed businesses decide to step back as retirement approaches. At this point, some are lucky enough to be comfortable financially. They see the potential sale safeguarding company legacy and employee livelihoods rather than raising cash for themselves.
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Giving young people a chance to succeed

By Jordan Holder, New Anglia Careers Hub

The Dalai Lama said: “Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that.” Whilst I’m no Dalai Lama, I can tell you about the New Anglia Careers Hub, how happy it’s made our volunteers, and the benefits it’s had for Suffolk and Norfolk.

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With age comes responsibility

By David Dodds, Sackers

When you have been trading for as long as Sackers, you become part of the fabric of local life. But with age – we’re nearly 100 years old – comes great responsibility, and our reputation, and the loyalty of staff and customers, is something we never take for granted.
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A year of random acts of kindness

By Jennie Skingsley, Birkett Long

Back in 2019, law firm Birkett Long had a plan in place to use its 200th anniversary as a reason for celebration. This brand awareness campaign would be centred on community and people and was mainly events-based.
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Bored with going to the gym?

Then try StudioFlex

Inspired by the latest trends from New York and London and unique to Suffolk, there’s a fitness boutique in Ipswich which makes it look great to sweat!

Published in Suffolk Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Helping others helps yourself

By Olly Magnus, Magnus Group

We’re all in business to succeed, of that there is no doubt. But what does success look like? Is it just about building profit, cash in the business that we can then take out as dividends?

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Spotlight

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Spotlight on Tom Wright

Owner and Sales Director, Hudson Group

Tom grew up in Ipswich and left school with limited qualifications, although he did get an ‘A’ in Drama. He enjoyed the social element of school and couldn’t wait for the PE lessons, as he played for all the school teams; something which he loved being part of.
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Quickfire

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Quickfire with Chris Pont

Chair and Founder, IJYI

Chris is Co-Founder and CEO at IJYI, an Ipswich-based software delivery and data consultancy company serving private and public sector clients.

Published in Suffolk Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Spotlight on Tom Wright

Owner and Sales Director, Hudson Group

Tom grew up in Ipswich and left school with limited qualifications, although he did get an ‘A’ in Drama. He enjoyed the social element of school and couldn’t wait for the PE lessons, as he played for all the school teams; something which he loved being part of.
Published in Suffolk Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Quickfire with Chris Pont

Chair and Founder, IJYI

Chris is Co-Founder and CEO at IJYI, an Ipswich-based software delivery and data consultancy company serving private and public sector clients.

Published in Suffolk Director magazine, Spring | Summer 2022

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Altruism

Our lead interview is with Matthew C Applegate, Creative Computing Club
“Everything we do at the Creative Computing Club is incredibly hard work, but also incredibly rewarding. It’s not about the paycheque, it’s about the future of the kids I teach and putting them on the right path.”

be in the know, to have the know how.​

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Altruism

Our lead interview is with Matthew C Applegate, Creative Computing Club
“Everything we do at the Creative Computing Club is incredibly hard work, but also incredibly rewarding. It’s not about the paycheque, it’s about the future of the kids I teach and putting them on the right path.”

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PASSION

The lead interview is with our very own Editor-in-Chief Sue Wilcock
After years of interviewing business owners and directors for Suffolk Director Magazine, Sue is finally the one being interviewed about her career and the passion that lies behind the magazine.

“The ethos of Suffolk Director is that it has integrity, is respected and the cover is something to aspire to. It answers the questions that help owners and directors run their businesses better.”

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Guide

The Autumn 2021 issue of Suffolk Director is themed GUIDE
Our lead interview is with
Kevin Ward, Conatus Financing Solutions
“I have learnt a lot from others about business, but the most important guidance came from my dad, a sales manager, who taught me that if you look after customers properly, treat them right and help them to find a solution to their problem, they will keep coming back.”

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AGILE

The Summer issue 2021 is themed AGILE
2021 Summer| Suffolk Director Magazine
Guy Nicholls, Tru7 Group
“The most challenging thing I do is being a parent. As a child you’re taught to do all sorts of things, but not to be a husband and a father; business is easy compared to that.”

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