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Businesses boosted by second annual business conference

THE second annual Thurrock Business Conference proved a hit with local companies on Wednesday (14 November) with more than 170 people at the Civic Hall event.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council opened the breakfast-time event, speaking to delegates about the importance of maintaining and growing the links between the business community and the council.

He also spoke about the importance for local businesses – large and small – of keeping the borough’s road infrastructure unclogged and clear of congestion, free-flow tolling as soon as possible and improvements to the M25-A13 intersection.

Council chief executive. Graham Farrant, spoke to the hall about the promises the council had made a year earlier, promises which had been fulfilled with regular business breakfasts, the meet-the-buyer event at Tilbury Cruise Terminal and a business e-zine launched this week.

The meeting was chaired by Brett Smallcombe, a director of local business LG Networks and chair of Thurrock’s Business Network International group.

The event focused on entrepreneurship in Thurrock – it was held in Global Entrepreneurship Week – and guest speak Danny Crates spoke of “Overcoming life’s hurdles” describing his journey back to health and sporting success after losing his arm in a horrific car crash.

Other speakers included Janis Gibson from the GrowthAccelerator programme; a new initiative designed to support high-growth businesses become more successful, and Thinley Topden from UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) who described how they can help businesses wanting to explore the export market.

And Jonathan Catton, Thurrock Council’s heritage officer, reflected on the history of businesses in Thurrock and the entrepreneurial spirit of the local business community past and present.


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