May 2017

Our longest serving staff member retires

MENTA’s longest serving staff member retires

After 16 years working for MENTA and having seen a period of strong growth the organisation’s longest serving employee, Sandra Nolan has taken early retirement.

“When I started work for MENTA at The Vision Centre in Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds it was just myself and the Chief Executive,” commented Sandra. “In the early years we worked solely in West Suffolk, helping people start up a business with advice and training.”

MENTA is Suffolk’s business support organisation and was established over 33 years ago. It’s friendly, serviced offices are home to more than 40 businesses and it also hires out training and meeting rooms and services its virtual office clients.  The MENTA Team now works with established companies, small business owners, home based businesses as well as start-ups, across Suffolk.

Alistair Ponder, Chair of MENTA said, “Since Sandra joined the organisation in 2001 we’ve grown and changed immensely.  We pride ourselves in remaining free of membership or joining fee restraints, allowing any business to choose and book the services which suit their needs.

“Over the years, we’ve introduced monthly networking events, regular business information seminars, a personality profiling service and expanded our range of business skills training to include bespoke social media sessions.  Nine years ago, we hosted our first MENTA Trade Fair which now attracts 600 visitors and 110 exhibitors who showcase their goods and services.”

“Our warmest best wishes to Sandra as she enjoys her well-deserved retirement, I hear there are trips to Burma and Northern India planned.”

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