What's Going on in Bury St Edmunds?

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Bury St. Edmunds is a vibrant market town, surrounded by countryside and with a rich history, it is a great place to live. The area has outstanding schools, award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, diverse annual festivals and stunning parks. With excellent transport links via rail and road, London is just over an hour away by train and the Suffolk and Norfolk coast easily accessible by road, Bury St. Edmunds offers high-quality modern living.

Life at Treatt is shaped by our culture. Our employees are excited about their career and are given every opportunity to thrive in an environment where innovative thinking is actively encouraged. Employee engagement is strong, with over 75% of employees owning shares in the business, giving them a vested interest in the long-term success of the company. We also offer a company pension scheme, holiday purchase, life assurance, employee assistance, social events, training and flexible working hours.

We attract exceptional people who are genuinely passionate about what they do; this applies across all departments from R&D to shipping and everything in between. We believe it is a great place to work and we are proud of our involvement in the community.

Here are just a few of the things we have been involved with lately:

Soap Box Challenge
A team will be taking part in the Soap Box Challenge which will be happening 1st September 2018 in aid of MyWiSH. They will be building a Soap Box (a motorless vehicle which will be taken down a hill). Trophies will be awarded for Best Soap Box, Best Presentation and Fastest Time.

Sybil Andrews Academy Interviews
In July, a team of Treatt colleagues from various departments were invited to Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St. Edmunds to deliver mock interviews to pupils in Year 9. This opportunity gave pupils the opportunity to practice their interview skills, answering typical questions to equip them with the skills and experience needed for their future ahead.


Bury in Bloom
Bury in Bloom is a local, independent charity aimed at promoting a greener, cleaner and more beautiful Bury St. Edmunds. During this summer term, Bury in Bloom’s artist in residence held 16 workshops to commemorate the World War One centenary. These were attended by participants aged three to 98 years old! The classes created three dimensional scenes which are now being displayed in the St Edmundsbury Cathedral cloisters. The groups learnt about the local environment and the type of poppies, flowers and animals native to our area. The project was sponsored by Treatt together with locality budget allocation from Bury St. Edmunds Town councillors.

The scenes included a felt wall hanging of one of the town’s historic landmarks as a backdrop, which is then decorated with flowers. Each display also includes an animal, depicting the Suffolk. Jo Churchill MP officially opened the Historic Landmarks and Poppies display in the Cathedral Cloisters on 20th July 2018, with Daemmon Reeve from Treatt also in attendance.

The crafted scenes will be on display from 18th September 2018 at Moyse’s Hall, the Theatre Royal, Treatt offices and the Guildhall. Anglia in Bloom 2018 will be judged September 2018 and Britain in Bloom 2018 will be judged in October 2018.

Cream Teas All Round
This summer, all Treatt staff in Bury St. Edmunds received cream teas in aid of Action Medical Research for Children. Action Medical Research is a charity that focuses on funding to research to prevent and treat disabilities in babies and young children which began in 1952. Their work includes: the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine. Action Medical Research has helped save thousands of children’s lives, change many more and with your help these statistics will keep improving.

Upbeat Receive Royal Award
Upbeat has received The Queen’s Award for its Voluntary Service for 2018. Upbeat Heart Support Group, based in Bury St Edmunds and Long Melford is a voluntary group run by the local community, supported by Daemmon Reeve as patron. The group aim to help provide rehabilitation classes for those with heart related illnesses. This award was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Chairman, Sylvia Baker and Secretary Hilary Neeves were invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 15th May 2018 where the Royal family were present as well as the other winners of this year’s awards. Sylvia said: “I am absolutely thrilled at this fantastic honour which represents a tremendous achievement for all members of Upbeat and everybody involved should feel immensely proud of the recognition this award represents which is the MBE for volunteer groups. A signed certificate from her Majesty will be presented at a later date by the Lord Lieutenant. Well done everybody.”

WW1 Art Trail
The WW1 public art trail is presented by Our Bury St. Edmunds Business Improvement District and MyWiSH to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 and is also backed by the Royal British Legion. The 18 pieces of artwork for the trail is 18 pieces of artwork have been commissioned by local artists which will be displayed until Armistice Day on 11th November 2018. They are located around the town in locations such as the Abbey Gardens, Angel Hill and the arc. The works will then be auctioned off with proceeds going towards MyWiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters Appeal which is targeted to raise £500,000 to complete a new cardiac unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Mind Training
This year all staff in the UK will be undertaking Suffolk Needs Met Training. Suffolk Needs Met is a charity dedicated to looking after our emotional health and why it is so important. Our emotional needs include: security, control, attention, emotional connection, community, respect, privacy, achievement, meaning and purpose. Our people are always worth investing in and to be emotionally health we need to have our emotional needs met. The training will help us to understand how to look after our emotional health enabling us to enhance our general wellbeing. Find out more by visiting the Suffolk Mind website.

Cycling for Mind
With the remarkable weather in the UK, on the hottest day of the year so far, during the hottest part of the day (34°C), the North Coast 500 (NC500) Treatt Team cycled another 50 miles to MIND HQ in Stratford, London to present MIND with the cheque and to thank their fundraising co-ordinator Nicola Ash for all the support she gave to the Team during this incredible cycling challenge.

Girls Night Out
On Saturday 8th September, a team from Treatt will be swapping lab coats for pyjamas and a pair of glowing bunny ears to raise money for St. Nicholas Hospice. This is the 10th walk that the Hospice is organising and last year more than 2,400 women signed up including a team from Treatt. To find out more please visit Girls Night Out Walk.

Please visit Our Bury St Edmunds to discover more about this charming market town or to see our current job opportunities please visit the careers page.