New market in town

A new style of market is rolling into Grays town centre on Thursday, 18 November in the form of a Social Enterprise Market Place event.

The event is the first of its type in this area and has been organised by Thurrock Council under the Low Carbon Business Programme as part of the Government’s package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.

The social enterprises taking part are businesses with charitable and environmental objectives at their heart, and the Market Place is a chance to see what they offer and learn about the benefits they create.

The range of goods and services on offer will include: furniture, paints, gym membership, craft materials, credit and savings, clothes and more. Staff from Thurrock Council will also be on hand in George Street to offer help and advice to social budding entrepreneurs.

David Lawrence, Managing Director of local social enterprise Thurrock Re-use Project (TRUP) said: “This event is an opportunity for Thurrock social enterprises to show what they can do and hopefully inspire others to start a social enterprise.

“There are loads of social enterprises out there that don’t call themselves ‘social enterprises’ but are. They’re missing out on free help and support and the opportunity to promote their goods and services to a big audience.”

This programme is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is managed by East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and is being delivered in this area by Thurrock Council.

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