Two Members of Parliament have praised the Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Thurrock Network Group for the work it is doing supporting businesses in South West Essex.
South West Essex FSB Branch Vice Chairman, Alan Jefcoate, said: “This week saw the first anniversary of the launch of the Essex FSB Thurrock Network Group and we were delighted to welcome Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe to the anniversary party.
“More than 30 local business people were also present and were able to have informal discussions with their MPs about the issues currently facing businesses and at the same time network with colleagues to make contacts that will bring new contracts.”
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: “Essex FSB does an excellent job supporting small businesses and the Thurrock Network Group is an example of the work that they do.
“Working in partnership with Knowledge Thurrock Innovation Associates and the University of East London, which provides the venue and refreshments free of charge, this group provides opportunities for local businesses to meet, discuss areas of common interest and work together for mutual benefit.
“I was very impressed to hear that in the 12 months since the group was launched 132 different businesses have attended at least one of the monthly meetings which are very well organised by group coordinator Louise Ince.
“I would encourage every Thurrock business to call in on the third Thursday of the month between 8.00am and 9.30am and see the benefits they can gain from the meeting.”
South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe, said: “With the Budget just a week after the meeting this was an ideal opportunity to hear what our local businesses want from the Chancellor and it was no surprise that action to reduce fuel costs was high on the agenda.