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August 19 Edition: Southend Business Partnership Newsletter

Published: Monday, 2nd September 2019

The SBP newsletter for August 2019


Firstly, I would like to thank all the businesses who responded to our survey, as part of Southend2050 ambitions, as the Southend Business Partnership and Southend on Sea Borough Council need to ensure we are engaging with businesses and communicating with them in the most effective way. So far we have received an 8% response level, which for a survey is really encouraging, but if you would like to  have your say then please click here to access the survey. We will send out a summary of the responses and the actions we are taking as a result in the near future.

The next Southend Business Partnership briefing event will be happening on 26th September from 8am - 10:30am at The Forum in Southend. Doors open for registration and refreshments from 7:30am. The theme of the event is "Connected & Smart" so there will be updates from the rail, bus and digital providers on the work they are doing to support business and residents in these important areas as well as an update, including transport related matters, from Ali Griffin, Chief Executive, Southend on Sea Borough Council. To book your place please click here.

With almost a thousand business members of the Southend Business Partnership we are conscious that we are still missing a lot of Southend Businesses in our communications and would really appreciate your help to spread the word and recruit new members. This would enable us to communicate with key business contacts about what is happening in Southend on Sea Borough and the surrounding areas, that could potentially benefit and affect their businesses. Please could you forward this email onto any business you are aware of who you think would benefit and ask them to contact us with their email details to receive the communications and invitations in the future.

Back in May, Southend on Sea Council hosted an Apprenticeship event aimed at supporting local businesses to recruit new apprentices following comments that they find it difficult to find the right applicants for their vacancies. They were overwhelmed by the response to this event with over 30 businesses promoting their apprenticeships and over 200 people attending to find our more and possibly apply. As a result of this demand they are now hosting a further three events in Sept, Feb and June, with the first on the 4th Sept at the Forum in Southend from 4pm - 6pm. To attend or for more information please contact Laura Bramley.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has launched a new commercial plastic recycling project. PlastiCity is a three year, European funded project that aims to research and develop strategies and solutions to identify, collect and process more (increasing businesses overall recycling rates to 50%) commercial and industrial plastics in the 2 Seas region - UK, Belgium, France and Netherlands. Calling all local businesses, restaurants, schools and civic buildings etc to get in touch with PlastiCity for more information and guidance on plastic recycling.

Creative businesses in Essex, East Sussex and Kent are encouraged to apply for share of £5.1 million funding to strengthen our creative economy. Eligible freelancers, sole-traders and small business owners in the creative, cultural or digital industries can opt for one of the following programme strands: workshops and mentorship, grants, job creative mentoring or support from an intern. For more information visit South East Creatives  or contact the BEST Business Growth Hub who may be able to help you access a range of support for your business or call 01702417765.

In addition, another new grant programme is now available to SME's. The grant schemme is for any company that moves goods or products from A to B and plans to invest up to £60K in software & IT, tablets & devices, systems & consultants. For more information email

The Lower Thames Crossing consultation results are now available and show that more than 80% of respondents recognise the need for a new crossing, a clear majority (70%) support the proposed route, and 70% felt that the information provided during the consultation was either 'good' or 'very good'. The plan is to submit the planning application (DCO) in Summer 2020 which however does not change the target of opening the road in 2027. For more information please click here.

The Southend Carnival once again takes place on 17th August, attracting over 20,000 visitors our Carnival is a great community event that also enables participants to raise money for their chosen charities. With over 60 floats featuring: dancers, bands, big costumes and much more.The procession starts 18.45 at Southchurch Park, parading along seafront to Shorefield Road finishing around 21.00

Finally, have you or any of your staff snapped a photo of Southend Seafront? If so, Southend on Sea Borough Council  would like to see it and share it, so please post and share it on Instagram using our hashtag #PrideAndJoy or  tag @SouthendBC. In particular they are looking for coastal themed pics. Your pictures could then be seen on the @BigScreenSouthend outside the Forum or on the digital bus stops.

Murray Foster
Chairman of the Southend Business Partnership