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Businesses profit from Meet the Buyer Event

BUSINESSES from across Thurrock were in with a chance of winning up to £7½ million worth of business – thanks to Thurrock Council and its partners.

Thursday (11 October) saw the first Thurrock Meet The Buyer event, held at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, where nearly 150 local suppliers registered to have appointments with buyers.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, was at the start of the event, and afterwards he said: “Working with our partners at the Essex Chambers of Commerce and BIZphit – we have managed to find a dozen buyers from businesses who between them potentially have £7.5m of contract opportunities available.

“Local suppliers will be talking to these buyers today and we really hope these conversations will lead to contracts being signed and business being done.”

He added: “Thurrock Council wants to work with local businesses and we want local businesses to work with us. If we can work together everyone will benefit, including, ultimately, the whole community of Thurrock.

“A strong Thurrock economy is crucial to our plans to improve prosperity and the quality of life for local people.”

In addition to these meetings the event included workshop sessions aimed at helping business people pick their way through the bureaucracy or red tape of doing business with public authorities such as the council.

Cllr Kent said: “We know this bureaucracy can make it difficult for smaller local businesses to compete for contracts and our procurement team and others were available throughout the day to answer questions and try to offer help.”

The workshops were taken by the council’s procurement services; the Low Carbon Business Programme, which is led by Thurrock Council; and Tenderforce on public sector procurement.

Cllr Kent said: “At our first business conference last year, we were asked to organise an event of this kind – and we have. We do try and provide what we promise, believe it or not!

“The second annual business conference is scheduled for Wednesday, 14 November, at the Civic Hall, Blackshots from 8am.”

A link to the booking page can be found on the council’s website in the Business section.

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