News & Events

Events and Workshops

  • New Year New Finance – Southend Council Budget Briefing 2018 – Thursday 18 January 2018 7:30 – 10:30am at the Holiday Inn Southend. Book your place here.
  • Southend Business Partnership Briefing - Thursday 22 March 2018, 7:30am – 10am at the Park Inn Southend, please book your place here.
  • Better Business for all Workshop, Wednesday 10th January 2018 10am – 4pm at Council Chamber, Chelmsford City Council CM1 1JE, please book your place here.
  • How to bid for Council Business – Tuesday 23 January 2018 at The Hive Southend, to book please click here.
  • A Creative and Digital networking event has been planned on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at the Twenty One on the Southend seafront. For further details and booking a place please click here.
  • Taylor Hawkes are very pleased to be working with a wide range of professional services firms in Essex, to create ‘The Saxons Business Networking Group’. The inaugural event takes place on the 8th December 2017 10-12 at Southend Saxons Rugby Club. Please click here for the Eventbrite link.
  • Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup - Thursday 7th December 7pm – 9pm at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB. Booking and more details here.
  • The Business Bites Business Growth “Working Lunch” Programme - Wed 17 January 2018 12:00 – 14:00, book here.
  • BEST Growth Hub have a full range of training events

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News and Information

  • European Grant Funding up to £20k for start-ups and growing SMEs to assist with capital asset purchases to support business growth.
  • BEST Business Growth hub – for business support, advice and funding support.
  • South Essex Business Boost Funding – 30% grant funding up to the value of £10k grant for capital expenditure. Perfect if you need to expand your business. Contact the BEST Business Growth hub
  • Fundraising event at Twenty One Acoustic duo 'Silbury Hill' present an evening of live music to raise money for Southend Youth Offending Service's gardening project. The project was represented in this year's Hampton Court flower show, with the exhibited garden currently installed on the top of Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. Thursday 7th Dec. Tickets here
  • MIND are offering a wide range of services including mental health training, counselling services and supported housing. South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2LX.
  • Southend Borough Council is consulting on Ambition Southend, a Skills and Labour Market Strategy for Southend-on-Sea.  The public consultation closes on the 22nd December 2017.  For more information and the consultation papers, visit
  • The Enterprise Adviser Network aims to increase engagement between employers and schools so that young poeple have a better understanding of the world of work.  Business volunteers are matched with schools to provide advice on the schools/colleges careers provision.  For further details visit The Careers and Enterprise Company website or contact Hyla Grimwade 01702 534253
  • Nesta have released a data led report on the state of small business in the UK with an interactive website.
  • Prevent is the Government initiative to identify individuals at risk of radicalisation. Schools have received training on how to identify pupils at risk but the same principles apply to businesses. If you have any concerns about a member of staff or someone you meet in connection with your business then please contact the police on 101 or 999 depending on the nature of your concern.
  • Does your business invest in young people? If so why not apply for the IiYP Award to demonstrate to your customers and the wider community your company’s commitment to investing in and supporting young people into employment.

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Business Networking

Networking and Cake

On the last Friday of each month, this free networking event is located in The Hive.

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Southend Peers Logo

A weekly morning meeting at The Arlington Rooms.

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BNI Southend

Weekly meetings held at The Arlington Rooms.

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Southend Business Partnership Logo

An early morning briefing every 4 months at different local venues.

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Jelly Southend

Meet the last Wednesday of every month at the Holiday Inn.

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EBN Logo

Meets fortnightly at The Arlington Rooms

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Networking on Sea

Meeting once a month at Chalkwell Park.

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Your Creative Network

For all entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industry.


FSB Logo

Groups held monthly at The Saxon King

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Groups held monthly at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

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Essex Business Women's Network Logo

Monthly meetings for women who have a businesss or would like one.

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Westcliff Breakfast Business Networking, once a month at My Kitchen.

Contact mike.huggett@

Double Whammy Logo

Ad hoc events, with at least 80% of the ticket money going to local causes.

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