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October 2019 Edition : Southend Business Partnership Newsletter

Published: Friday, 25th October 2019

The SBP newsletter for October 2019

Well October certainly started with a bang at the first of seven weeks of Saturday evening seafront fireworks, run by the Southend Business Improvement District (BID).

This is a fantastic celebration event for residents and visitors and hopefully marks the start of a successful Christmas trading period for our Borough.

Following on from the successful Southend Business Partnership Briefing on 26th September focused on " ConnectedAndSmart" which attracted over 130 attendees, I wanted to let you know that following on from the recent survey of members we have decided to reformat the plans for

November this year so instead of a single Southend Business Partnership briefing there will be a couple of smaller more focused round table events taking place which will be run by Southend on Sea Borough Council. On Monday 18th November we will host an event to share more information about some of the regeneration plans for the town and enable discussion about the opportunities for businesses resulting from these.

There will also be events about procurement (16th Oct ) , to talk businesses through how to become a supplier to Southend on Sea Borough Council and other councils and finally an event where you will be able to hear more about some of the Southend on Sea Borough Council Services for Businesses such as Business Rates, making Southend Plastic Free, Pre Planning Support, the Public Health Deal and working with Regulatory Services (27th Nov). Invitations to these events will be sent out in the coming weeks so please watch this space. The next SBP Briefing will then be hosted on 19th March at the Park Inn, click here to book a place.

Following on from the successful Southend Business Partnership Briefing on 26th September focused on " ConnectedAndSmart" which attracted over 130 attendees, I wanted to let you know that following on from the recent survey of members we have decided to reformat the plans for November this year so instead of a single Southend Business Partnership briefing there will be a couple of smaller more focused round table events taking place which will be run by Southend on Sea Borough Council. On Monday 18th November we will host an event to share more information about some of the regeneration plans for the town and enable discussion about the opportunities for businesses resulting from these. There will also be events about procurement (16th Oct ) , to talk businesses through how to become a supplier to Southend on Sea Borough Council and other councils and finally an event where you will be able to hear more about some of the Southend on Sea Borough Council Services for Businesses such as Business Rates, making Southend Plastic Free, Pre Planning Support, the Public Health Deal and working with Regulatory Services (27th Nov). Invitations to these events will be sent out in the coming weeks so please watch this space. The next SBP Briefing will then be hosted on 19th March at the Park Inn, click here to book a place.

In the meantime the next event on Thursday 10 October at Twenty One from 9am - 11am, as part of Southend's celebration of social enterprise ad "Buy Social for a Better World" social week campaign on 7th - 12th October. It has been organised by the Southend Social Enterprise and Socially Responsible Business Partnership which has been established to raise awareness, provide peer support, and work collaboratively to achieve more social value. Read more

If you are a social enterprise or would like to improve your social value, then please come along for this networking event which will also include a series of short presentations and stalls. Click here to read more and book a place

Southend on Sea Borough Council also is keen to understand more about the Social Enterprises operating in this area. Please contact us if you are or know of a social enterprise in the area so they can work with the Partnership to provide an environment where social value can flourish. In addition, there are plenty of reasons to become a member of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)membership is FREE for organisations (i.e. small and start up social enterprises) with up to £100K annual turnover and they offer a range of benefits. Read more

In further news, the Growth Hub, a business support initiative operating across East Sussex, Kent, Medway, Essex, Southend and Thurrock, has worked with more than 4,400 firms to help create nearly 1,000 new jobs, figures show.

A report into the South East Business Hub project which supports companies across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area, estimates that for every £1 spent on the programme a further £13.20 has been generated in return, creating 994 jobs. Read more

Do you have ideas about how Productivity in the South East could be improved? The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is inviting you to join them, on Monday 14th October 10:00am - 2:00pm at Farmers & Fletchers in London, and help influence the future direction and local actions, to make a real difference to our economy. Sign up here. The Local Industrial Strategy(LIS) will set out clearly defined priorities for how the SELEP area will maximise its contribution to UK productivity, making the most of its distinctive strengths. It will help to inform local choices, prioritise local action and, where appropriate, help to inform decisions at the national level. The strategy will set out our response to the five foundations of productivity found in the national industrial strategy – Ideas, People, Place, Business Environment and Infrastructure. It will also consider the contribution and impact the area can have on the national grand challenges of Ageing Society, Artificial Intelligence & Data, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility. The Southend Business Partnership would encourage members to attend in order to influence this important piece of work.

In preparation for work starting on The Lower Thames Crossing project they are offering opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in the area, to attend an Introduction to the Supply Chain - helping local businesses be best positioned to work on the LTC. The session is on 18 October 8:30am -12:30pm at Langdon Hills Golf and Country Club. Please click here to book your place

C2C has also launched a formal consultation proposing changes to their ticket office opening hours at local stations. Those of you who attended the last SBP briefing will have heard from Chris Atkinson that this is about better matching staff to their busy times. You can read more about the consultation, including the proposed new hours and the full consultation documents, at C2C website.

I cannot end this newsletter without a mention for Olympus who celebrated 100 years of trading and 50 years of trading in Southend no less on October 12, 2019. I was lucky enough to attend their celebration event at the Temple Farm site where we will celebrated their achievements and reflected on their history. The company was keen to look to the future as they continue realising their purpose of "Making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling." Why not take a look at this video to understand more about what this great Southend business has achieved.

Finally, I hope you all enjoyed the last briefing on September 26th at the Forum and found the information useful. It certainly confirmed that Southend on Sea is working hard to facilitate their "ConnectedAndSmart" outcome that "By 2050, people can easily get in, out and around our Borough and we have a world class digital infrastructure." Southend on Sea Borough Council are keen to work with businesses who can support the delivery of this outcome, so if you are interested in working more closely with them in the future please click here.