Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Minister to open Thurrock branch of Essex Chamber of Commerce

LOCAL Government Minister Brandon Lewis will formally open the brand new Essex Chambers of Commerce office in Thurrock on Monday 10 June.

The new facility is based at the Thurrock Learning Campus of South Essex College on Grays’ High Street.

Essex Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Denise Rossiter explains why it has been so important for them to move into Thurrock -“We have become increasingly aware that this is a hugely growing area of South Essex, thanks to its proximity to London and, in particular, the development of DP World’s London Gateway Port development. The area will also massively benefit from the £150 million investment in Junction 30 on the M25 Dartford Crossing. We see so much opportunity for businesses of all sizes and we want to be there, on the spot, helping them to maximise this pivotal moment.”

The move is being warmly welcomes by local business leaders and civic figures. Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price says “I am proud of our strong business community and I know it can be even stronger. However we cannot take that success for granted and we need to make sure we have the right conditions in place to enable business to grow and generate more jobs. Thurrock is the powerhouse of the South Essex economy and I welcome Essex Chambers of Commerce expanding its work here. “

Julian Drury, Managing Director, c2c National Express added “We very much welcome their expansion into Thurrock. We have worked closely with them on transport issues along the Thames Gateway and have valued their support in engaging with local and national politicians to make the case for investment in improved transport networks in the county. We look forward to continuing to do so in the coming months.”

Angela O’Donoghue CBE– Principal CEO South Essex College commented “Essex Chambers of Commerce is invaluable in enabling us to engage with the business community to find out their skills needs and to promote the range of courses we are able to offer businesses and their employees. Having a Chambers presence in Thurrock will enable us to build on that relationship and do more to help south Essex residents improve their skills and job prospects.”

Sharon Saunders is the manager of this new operation in Thurrock. She says “My ambition is that the Chamber becomes the first point of contact for Thurrock businesses when it comes to helping them grow, opening doors for them and representing their views to local politicians and policy makers. In short, this new office will be the number one voice for Thurrock businesses.”

Following the ceremonial opening of the new premises on Monday 10 June, the Minister will also meet a number of local business people to discuss the challenges facing them and the community in the current economic climate. He will be accompanied by local MP Jackie Doyle-Price, Denise Rossiter (Essex Chambers’ Chief Executive) and Robert Leng, Essex Chambers’ President.

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