Suffolk Chamber of Commerce appoints its first exports apprentice

Warm welcome: from left,  Suffolk Chamber's Alicia Matthews, Rachel Cornes, Amanda Ankin with Jo Pine of West Suffolk College.

Warm welcome: from left, Suffolk Chamber's Alicia Matthews, Rachel Cornes, Amanda Ankin with Jo Pine of West Suffolk College.

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has appointed its first international trade apprentice in a bid to enhance its offer in this increasingly important area of its work.

Rachel Cornes has been appointed as the chamber’s international business and events apprentice.

She will help senior events co-ordinator Alicia Matthews and Jim Fanshawe, the chamber’s internationals manager, grow the use of events and exhibitions to reach potential and current exporters.

As part of her full-time role, Rachel is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in business administration at West Suffolk College.

Amanda Ankin, head of chamber services, said: “With the appointment of Rachel we are putting our money where our mouth is. Rachel was an outstanding candidate whose enthusiasm, attitude and willingness to learn impressed us all.

“We know she will be a great asset in supporting our growing international trade offer.”

Rachel said: “Suffolk Chamber is a fast-paced and dynamic place to work. Each day is different and I’m learning so much. I’m being allowed to show my own initiative and get actively involved in organising and marketing the Chamber’s many international trade events.”

Jo Pine, senior business development advisor at West Suffolk College, said: “It’s fantastic to see Rachel setting into her role at Suffolk Chamber so well.

“Having discussed the business needs with Amanda we identified the exact type of candidate required.

“I was then able to deliver our free recruitment service and provide a set of high-calibre candidates for the role.

“The overall result was the chamber got the best employee to support its business and especially its growing international trade offer.”