Southend Business Partnership - July 2021 Newsletter

The latest Southend Business Partnership newsletter for July 2021

Welcome to the July 2021 addition of the Southend Business Partnership newsletter.  Included in this addition:

Southend Business Partnership Briefing – Think Global, Act Local – 16 September

The September Southend Business Partnership Briefing, on the theme of “Think Global, Act Local”, will be on the 16 September 2021, 7.30-10am, at the Boundary Marquee in Garon Park. There have been many developments around supporting Southend businesses with export and local trading in the last 6 months or so. While we are finalising speakers and the agenda for the briefing, we are excited to welcome you back, for the first time since COVID, in person. There- will be free refreshment and an hour of marketplace networking, which will be followed by the briefing. Further details will be updated and you can pre-book your place at Eventbrite.

SELEP Revi-VE Programme Open for Application 15-18 July Only

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has launched a flagship support programme to aid recovery of the South East visitor economy. The Revi-VE – South East Visitor Economy Fund is a 100% grant fund and will focus on driving innovation and helping organisations to adapt or diversify their model to meet new trends and consumer behaviours in a post-COVID world. The programme will provide funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 per project, for a minimum of 150 businesses across the SELEP region. Applications will open from 9am on 15th July 2021 running until 11:59pm on 18th July 2021. Further details at SELEP website.

Southend Business directory – It’s Local

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have listened to local businesses including Southend Business Partnership who have requested a local business directory. The council’s Economic Development team have made a start of setting up It’s Local Southend – a Southend-based business directory and marketing platform. The platform will allow any business based in the borough to sign up free of charge. It is hoped that this will make local spending easier for the businesses, the council and other organisations.  Here is a video clip which lists some of the benefits of being involved with the directory and shows you how to quickly register your interest. Launching later in the year, you can now pre-sign up at: its local Southend (mybusinessclient.com).

Southend’s Summer Festival – August 2021

#Onesouthend would like you to be part of “Southend’s Summer Festival 2021”. The Festival will celebrate Southend’s achievements; showcasing our vibrant and diverse communities, sharing stories of strength and highlighting how residents and organisations work together both virtually and locally. Opportunities to get involved include sharing virtual information (videos photographs recorded activities etc.)  alongside hosting a local activity for residents to join throughout August. If you are already hosting events such as coffee mornings, activities, or anything that you would like us to promote, please submit videos by 16 July. All queries should be directed to OneSouthend

BEST Growth Hub Prospectus, Peer Network and New Contact Number

As chairman of steering group for BEST Growth Hub I am delighted they have recently launched its first prospectus which outlines the organisation’s history, their specialised services, client stories and the new contact number. BEST Growth Hub joins up national and local business support providers to offer support to Essex businesses, free at the point of delivery. Please note their new contact details: Tel 0300 303 4864. You can access the prospectus at their website.

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders. BEST Growth Hub has spaces for Essex-based SMEs to join Peer Networks, free of charge, online. Interactive sessions commence mid-July 2021. Register your interest now.

Virtual Business Support Day – 30 July

A day of 1-2-1 appointments have been released by BEST Growth Hub to offer virtual business support to all Essex businesses. Whether you are interested in or need help with grant funding, expert advice, training courses, staff recruitment, business adaptation or peer networks, call 0300 303 4864 or email info@bestgrowthhub.org.uk now to book an appointment on Friday 30 July to discuss.

South East Export Development (SEED) Programme

SEED is a free programme of support available to local businesses within the food and drink, health, life sciences, digital and creative sectors, who want to increase their international activity.  The SEED project is funded by SELEP and will support Essex businesses with economic recovery, by identifying opportunities and gaining sales within international markets.  For more information and to register your interest click here.

International Trade Support

For some, the complexity of selling internationally is daunting but with some planning on how to find and develop into new markets, you can start to take advantage of all the benefits of exporting. Check out this handy list.

When exporting, it is crucial you have the right paperwork. Sometimes your goods could require special documentation depending on the country you are exporting to. Read how Essex Chambers’ International Trade Team can help you with your export documentation.

Importing processes have changed since the end of the transition period and the UK’s departure from the EU. If you’ve chosen to delay making customs declarations linked to your imports since January 2021, you may need to start thinking about making a supplementary declaration. Here is the handy checklist to help you prepare and some common Q&As to help you through the customs process.

NOVO Awards – Enter by 16 July

The NOVO Awards are for all Essex businesses who have developed a new product, service, method or procedure, that they believe demonstrates sustainable innovation. Judged by an expert panel across six entry streams, the awards recognise the brave and bold businesses of our county. Prizes will be awarded at a gala awards ceremony on the 21st of October 2021 at Braxted Park, Essex. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to have registered by Friday 16 July 5pm.  Find out more and enter the award visit NOVA Awards website.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is now open for Essex business applicants. The Queen’s Award is one of the highest honours a business can receive. It provides high profile publicity, global marketing recognition and is valid for five years. All applications must be submitted by 8 September at 12pm. Further details at the government website.

Have Your Say on A12 Essex Upgrade

Drivers, local people and business owners are being invited to share their views on plans to upgrade the A12 in Essex to three lanes as an eight-week consultation begins on Tuesday 22nd June. Highways England announced its preferred option for adding an extra lane to the 15 miles of the A12 between Chelmsford and Marks Tey in 2019 and 2020 as part of a billion-pound upgrade of the road. People can take part in the consultation, which runs until Monday 16 August, by:

Smoking Survey and Healthy Workplaces

Public Health Team want to better understand the smoking habits of our workforces across Southend so they can support you in supporting your staff. Workplace smoking has a huge detrimental impact on the economy and local businesses. Can all employers please share the survey with their staff so that we can make that change and contribute to a smoke-free Southend. All queries should be directed to Public Health Team.

Employers across Southend can also benefit from the FREE public health support including 2-day and 1-day mental health first aid training. Offered by Healthy Workplaces, all you need to do is your commitment to employee health. To find out more please visit everyonehealth website.

Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership Skin Cancer Campaign

Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership have launched this campaign to encourage people who are most at risk of skin cancer, particularly male outdoor workers. Local residents are set to benefit from the roll out of innovative technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to help GPs spot skin cancers sooner and save lives across mid and south Essex. The technology aids rapid diagnosis and uses a ‘Dermascope’ and AI to enable GPs to make a quick decision on whether a mole or mark is skin cancer or not. Further details at the partnership’s website.

Small Businesses to Lead the Charge to Net Zero

The Together for Our Planet ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign encourages small and micro businesses to commit to cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050 or sooner, through the new UK Business Climate Hub. Small businesses can use the hub to find practical tools, resources and advice to understand their emissions and develop a plan to tackle them, as well as providing ideas for steps they can take. Further details at the Hub website.

Finally, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Citizens Advice Bureau Southend for winning The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2021. I do hope the above information proves helpful to you and please share with others and encourage them to sign up for these newsletters by emailing the Economic Development Team.

Published: 12th July 2021