Southend Business Partnership Newsletter December 2021

The December 2021 edition of the Southend Business Partnership newsletter

2021 has been a challenging year for many, both personally and for those in our business community. The variable nature of the environment over this year has been somewhat destabilising and we hope for greater certainty in 2022 about the opportunities and challenges both at local and national levels, which will enable us to navigate a path through the coming year with more optimism and confidence. For the Southend Business Partnership, it has nevertheless been pleasing to see increasing numbers registering for our monthly newsletters but it has been frustrating that our face-to-face opportunities have been very limited other than largely by virtual means. For those that are engaged in our Executive group, who come from a wide range of sectors, it has been greatly appreciated for the time given to address some key issues. We will be announcing shortly our 2022 programme dates for future engagement, hopefully with a permanent return to face-to-face events with networking at some of our popular venues across our city. More on this in our January 2022 newsletter.

SBC 2022/2023 Budget Briefing – 13 January 2022

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (SBC) cordially invite Southend businesses and voluntary sector organisations to join this briefing, to hear and discuss the budget with key members of the council prior to it going through the cabinet process for discussion and approval.

You will find out more about the budget proposals and what they will mean to your organisation and sector. The council is keen to engage with you all and to create the conditions for business recovery and growth. The briefing will be held on MS Teams. To register please visit Eventbrite.

Southend’s Annual Festive Business Competition is Back!

For the tenth year, Southend's annual best festive business competition is back. All Southend-based small businesses are invited to enter the competition for a chance to win great prizes, sponsored by Blatella Films, withMichelle and FSB. Simply send in a photo of your business dolled up for the festive season and the public will decide who the winners are. A lucky voter will also be randomly chosen to win £100 vouchers for Totally Locally Southend-On-Sea.

For further details of the competition and sponsorships please visit Business On Sea website. The competition is run between 1 and 21 December 2021 via Facebook . All winners will be announced on 21 December.

COVID-19 Business Update

You’ll already be aware from the recent government announcements that face coverings must now be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport from 30 November 2021. These new regulations also require businesses, in places where wearing a face covering is required, to display notices giving information about the requirement to wear a face covering, except in limited circumstances.

Southend BID On-Sea provide free business templates COVID-19 Posters on their website which can be accessed: Southend BID | Business Templates. To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, the government has produced guides that cover a range of different types of work. These can be found on the GOV.UK website. You may use more than one of these guides.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would also like to remind you to keep your business premises ventilated, support and encourage the take up of the vaccine (including the booster jab), keep testing and reporting positive COVID cases within your workforce. For further advice locally please visit the council’s website.

LTC Supply Chain Virtual Event – 7 December

National Highways is hosting a virtual event on Tuesday 7 December 2021 to give the latest update on the Lower Thames Crossing project. The presentation will include information about the project including how your business can get involved with supply chain opportunities. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Free tickets at Eventbrite.

Mini Recycling Hubs Alert

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, through its work with PlastiCity, is looking to develop mini recycling hubs that will be available to schools and businesses in Southend from next year. We will run a feature on this every month in the newsletter to keep you updated. The purpose of the hubs is to work with local schools and businesses to collect and recycle Southend lost plastics (plastics that are not captured for recycling). If you would like to know more about the mini-recycling hubs, or you are interested in participating in the scheme, please contact the PlastiCity team at

Metal Southend Welcomes the New Director

Following the departure of the long-standing CEO & Artistic Director Colette Bailey, Andrea Cunningham has been appointed as the new Director of Metal in Southend - the arts organisation based at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park. Metal supports artists of all artforms across the region to develop their creative practice. Andrea brings a range of creative skills and expertise to the post from many years of working in museums, galleries and the cultural sector, particularly around working with children and young people. A new CEO & Artistic Director for Metal is currently being recruited and will support the whole organisation across the Southend, Peterborough and Liverpool sites. This is an exciting time of change for Metal and a boost to their ongoing commitment to creativity in this community.

ABSS Evaluation Survey

A Better Start Southend (ABSS - Early Years Alliance) has asked RSM along with its subcontractors, University of Essex, to measure the impact of the ABSS programme. This will involve collecting information about the impact of the ABSS programme in 2021, 2022/23 and 2024. This research will help ABSS understand the changes the ABSS programme has made in Southend and will help to inform decisions about changing or expanding ABSS services and projects.

They are currently scheduling interviews with businesses, community leaders and representative groups in Southend as well as people who provide services to children and families. If this is of interest to you, please contact Beth Young suggesting 2 or 3 time slots over the next few weeks when you would be available for a 45-minute interview.

If you are you a parent or carer of a child under 4, or if you or your partner is pregnant, you can also complete this short survey to be entered into a free prize draw to win one of five £50 gift vouchers.

Career Ready Charity Extra Campaign

Career Ready launched a crowd-funding campaign recently to raise £250,000. The money will help them grow and work across the UK and give more young people the opportunity to experience a paid internship and mentor relationship, helping them to kickstart their careers and navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. The unique nature of Charity Extra means that this bold ambition will only be possible with support from “Career Ready Champions”.

As a Champion, you would take on a small individual fundraising goal to raise from your network of colleagues, family, and friends – with no need to do any challenge activities. And across each Champion’s network, this will soon add up to £250,000. To get involved, all you need to do is complete a short form and we’ll get in touch to discuss the next steps. This includes how we’ll support you at each stage of the campaign with marketing and fundraising materials. You can register here.

Alternative Pantomime Seeking a Business Sponsor

Show Up! Productions, a local start up, is putting on an alternative pantomime, ‘Robyn Hood’ for families, adults and those with special needs to enjoy. Set in Essex, with an all-female cast, the show is a new take on an old classic. The show is on 6-14 January 2022 at Hadleigh Old Fire Station. You can buy tickets here.

Show Up! Productions are looking for sponsorship in the region of £300 for this production. In return you will get four VIP tickets to any performance, an advert in their programme, shout outs on social media as well as featuring on the Show Up! Southend website and newsletter. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Dingle

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 Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year everyone!

Published: 7th December 2021