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Find out how filming can benefit your business

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 15 October 2018 | Comments

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Local business owners are invited to find out more about how filming can benefit their business and the local area, at an event taking place as part of the first ever East Suffolk Business Festival.

Screen Suffolk, the official film office for Suffolk, is hosting an event in Halesworth on Monday 29 October which will give businesses an overview of the filming industry and provide an opportunity to hear from other local businesses who have benefited from recent filming.

The event, taking place at The Cut, will also be the official launch of the inaugural East Suffolk Business Festival and will begin with a welcome from the leaders of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.

The festival, organised by the Councils, features a packed 10 day programme of business support and training events and aims to raise the profile of the East Suffolk business community. The events will provide opportunities for businesses to connect with each other, grow their business and create new employment for the local area.

In a joint statement, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for Economic Development and Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney’s cabinet member for Economic Development and Tourism said: “We are looking forward to the start of the East Suffolk Business Festival, which will showcase the opportunities and support available to help local businesses to grow. We are pleased to be combining the official launch with this interesting event from Screen Suffolk. As well as promoting our beautiful part of the country to a wider audience, filming in East Suffolk brings a host of economic benefits and we look forward to seeing this event well attended by local business representatives.”

Rachel Aldridge, Screen Suffolk said: “Opening the business festival is a real honour for Screen Suffolk.  Since our launch in December 2016 we've hosted multiple television and feature film shoots and we're delighted to be given the chance to share all our news with East Suffolk businesses at the launch event.  There are so many ways we can all work together to bring the economic benefit of filming to the area.”  

The event begins at 10.30am, with welcome speeches at 11am and the Screen Suffolk event running from 11.30am.

  • 11.50am - Question and Answer session with Alex Bird, a student from the British Film Institute Academy who has recently worked on the Danny Boyle production as well as the new David Copperfield film
  • 12pm - Halesworth as a case study for filming by Screen Suffolk
  • 12.30pm - Question and Answer session with Neil McGlone about the ‘Film Feast’ Food and Drink Film Festival in Woodbridge and local business involvement.
  • 1pm - Lunch and drop in session for businesses to meet Screen Suffolk

Book your place at www.eastsuffolkbusinessfestival.org. For the lunch, please email economicservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk  with your name, contact details and any dietary requirements.

Screen Suffolk is the official film office for Suffolk, representing all seven District Councils and Suffolk County Council. They offer a ‘one-stop’ film service, from initial enquiry through to crew sourcing and permitting.

For details of the full Business Festival programme and to book your place for any of the events, please visit the dedicated festival website

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