Elephants are heading for Lakeside!

THURROCK has had some interesting visitors over the last few weeks in the form of decorative elephant statues on their way to intu Lakeside. These beautiful hand painted elephants are part of a 30-strong herd that is making its way across Essex to the shopping centre in Thurrock.

Tilbury’s new 70-acre London Distribution Park completes infrastructure work

LDP is the largest industrial development site closest to the M25 and the completion of the infrastructure works, which includes a new entrance road, drainage system, reservation of utilities and landscaping, now allows the building phase of the high quality distribution facilities to get underway.

Thoroughly Thurrock a thorough success

THE audience, many from the car industry, were pleased to hear Nick speak about the Ford strategy for bringing cars to market with a record ten being introduced in the next year. He also described the challenge of manufacturing an affordable green car for today’s price conscious consumer and discussed the thorny issue of how green an electric car was with recycling considerations. Colin Rate, Chairman of RatesFord also spoke at the event and easily demonstrated why RatesFord are such a successful Ford dealership not just locally but nationally as they place innovation and customer care at the heart of their business. It perhaps then unsurprising to learn they had won the Ford Chairman’s Award for customer service for 9 consecutive years and are one of only 5 dealerships in the UK to running the Quick Lane scheme using the latest equipment and technology available.

Apostleship caring for seafarers in Tilbury this easter

WOJCIECH Holub, Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplain for Tilbury and Thames is aware that for seafarers any festive period is much like any other working day – the only difference being that their separation from family and friends and from their faith can be even more difficult to bear than usual.

Lakeside set for prestigious model scouting competition

SINCE the final of Elite Model Look, May Bell has been busy juggling exams and modelling. She has been working with Topshop and Stella McCartney and shooting with i-D magazine, Wonderland and Ponystep with photographers such as Ellen Von Unwerth and Letty Schmiterlow. You can also see her beautiful face in this month’s Topshop Prom campaign! May will be joining the team on the 11th so shoppers will be able meet her and quiz her on how to be an Elite supermodel.

Exciting job opportunities at The Sitting Rooms Hair Salon

They are looking for a new trainee apprenticeship who is hard working, eager to learn and enthusiastic. In-salon training is supplied, over the course of 2-3 years. The training is broken down into 10 different units each unit containing training and assessments.

The TIGER roars as 21 new jobs come to Thurrock

A WEST Thurrock company is planning to expand and create 21 jobs thanks to the TIGER fund. Ashby & Croft of Oliver Road is expanding its innovative modular building systems and the TIGER funds will help create new yard surfaces to expand the operational areas; a new security office; and new lighting to provide a more secure site – especially at night.

Intu Lakeside gets green light for multi-million leisure development

THE public spaces will host an exciting events programme which may include farmers’ and Christmas markets, street theatre, music shows and live screenings of big sporting events throughout the year. The spaces can also be used to host some of intu’s events which have a strong point of difference to those you may find at other shopping centres, such as Everyone’s Invited which works with the local community to showcase talents within the arts.

Dave to retire after fifty years of service to HW Wilson

ACTUALLY, it is 49 years and seven months but who is quibbling. How many of us could stand in the shoes of Dave Sach from HW Wilson’s, who is retiring after nearly half a century of service with the South Ockendon firm. Dave (65) is working on his final job at the Thurrock hospital grounds in Long Lane, Grays but has many happy memories since he started with the firm back on August 6th, 1964.

Cap San Lorenzo welcomed at Port of Tilbury

THE LCT team completed the work in 22 hours, which was two hours ahead of the planned scheduled departure, at a gross productivity rate of 26 moves per hour. We look forward to further calls in the coming months.”

Ford execs to speak at next Thoroughly Thurrock event

ESSEX Chambers of Commerce are delighted to announce the second in the series for ‘Thoroughly Thurrock’, the latest premier networking event to be held in the county comes to Thurrock on Monday 7th April. Using the Chambers’ expertise these events are designed to promote and boost businesses in the Thurrock area.

Kevin Keegan joins up with DP World

ONE of England’s finest footballers who played, captained and managed his country will be joining DP World London Gateway this year as their guest at the seventh Multimodal freight and logistics exhibition in Birmingham from 29 April – 1 May. Kevin Keegan will be the special guest at DP World London Gateway’s VIP dinner at […]

HW Wilson out on the streets

SOUTH OCKENDON building company, HW Wilson spent a night out on the streets of Southend and all for a very noble cause. Staff were participating in a charity event called the Southend SleepEasy, raising money for the Southend YMCA for youth homelessness.

Intu Lakeside want to celebrate mums

INTU, the UK’s biggest shopping centre brand, launched a campaign to celebrate mums up and down the country by encouraging shoppers to take to Twitter. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, intu Lakeside is hoping to find out why shoppers believe they have the very best mum and all the reasons that they love them.

Jobs at The Sitting Rooms Hair Salon

They are looking for a new trainee apprenticeship who is hard working, eager to learn and enthusiastic. In-salon training is supplied, over the course of 2-3 years.
The training is broken down into 10 different units each unit containing training and assessments. The hours are full time, 5 days a week, Tuesday – Saturday.

Intu Lakeside bosses delighted as profits double

INTU, which owns the Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock, has more than doubled pre-tax profit following a year when it “advanced significantly”.
Intu posted a pre-tax profit of £362.9m for the year to 31 December 2013 – up from £152.6m a year earlier. The rise followed a revaluation of its estate.

Star David Walliams reads to intu Lakeside youngsters

THE UK’s number one children’s author, David Walliams, visited Thurrock last week for an exclusive storytelling session with members of the intu Lakeside kids club. Reading from his bestselling children’s books Ratburger, Demon Dentist and The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David’s visit marked the launch of the shopping centre’s charity partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

Lord Mayor hails investment at DP World

THE Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, welcomed the foreign direct investment by Dubai’s DP World into London Gateway, while visiting the recently opened deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. During her visit, the Lord Mayor, climbed one of the world’s largest quay cranes to have an elevated view of the massive three square mile site, where work is underway for a Common User Facility and other proposed distribution centres.

Advice for small businesses from taxman

WITH the new tax year just around the corner, small businesses are being urged to consider a scheme that allows them to be taxed on money that flows in and out of their business, rather than using full accounting rules. The ‘cash basis’ scheme can be used by sole traders and other unincorporated businesses with an annual income of less than £79,000 to simplify their accounting processes, saving both time and money.

Taxman to clamp down on restaurants

A TASK FORCE tackling tax dodgers in the Essex restaurant industry was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC has seen an increased risk of fraudulent activity in the restaurant industry and the taskforce is expected to recover £3 million in Essex, as well as London, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Intu Lakeside reveal The Orange Bus

ORIGINALLY designed as a one-month venture to coincide with the introduction of the shopping centre’s new intu brand (which features the same shade of bright orange), the bus proved to be so popular with people in the local area that intu Lakeside made the decision to keep it on the road for much longer. Its ownership was also kept a mystery until now so it could continue to serve as a fun conversation starter rather than becoming part of the centre’s wider advertising strategy.

Thoroughly Thurrock launches at Orsett Hall

ESSEX Chambers of Commerce’s recent launch of Thoroughly Thurrock; an exciting programme of bi-monthly business events planned for Thurrock, was a roaring success. The event puts Thurrock businesses on the map giving them a chance to network, build new relationships and hear speakers discuss the issues that matter. With an exciting line up of speakers planned this is a networking event not to be missed, establishing Essex Chambers firmly in Thurrock, in the driving seat and minds of Thurrock businesses.

Business profile: Fitness and family for Veronica

AS part of a series of business profiles, we sent Tanya McPherson down to interview Thurrock fitness guru, Veronica Briones. Needless to say, Veronica was in between sessions at Absalute Gym in West Thurrock, whilst having an eye on the clock, when she would pick up her two children!

Another first for London Gateway

DP WORLD London Gateway has become the first port in the UK to lift four containers at one time on its quay cranes, which doubles the amount of containers it can lift in one go. The spreader is capable of handling four twenty foot containers or two forty foot containers at a time, this doubles the quay crane’s capacity for moving containers, which will increase efficiency and productivity for UK shippers.

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