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Minister opens Thurrock Chamber of Commerce

BRANDON Lewis, Local Government Minister, formally opened the brand new Essex Chambers of Commerce office in Thurrock today (Monday 10 June 2013).

Declaring the new facility at the Thurrock Learning Campus of South Essex College on Grays’ High Street now open for business, Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said “Businesses are at the heart of the Government’s vision for the Thames Gateway which is why are doing everything we can to give them greater freedoms, powers and incentives to strengthen the local economy, drive regeneration and encourage prosperity.”
He added “The Essex Chambers of Commerce has played a vital role in supporting local businesses, providing a prominent voice for well over a century. Setting up shop here in Thurrock, the economic pulse of the Gateway represents a huge opportunity for jobs and growth in Thurrock and beyond.”

Following the ceremony, the Minister met a number of local business people and discussed the challenges facing them and the community in the current economic climate. He was accompanied by Denise Rossiter (Essex Chambers’ Chief Executive) and Robert Leng, Essex Chambers’ President.

The move into Thurrock is being warmly welcomes by local business leaders and civic figures. Charles Meaby, Commercial Director, DP World London Gateway said -“Essex Chambers of Commerce are the leading provider of international trade support in the county so their move into Thurrock will complement our commitment to be the port of choice for UK importers and exporters. We look forward to working closely with them.”

His sentiments were echoed by Perry Glading, Chief Operation Officer for Forth Ports Ltd (owner of the Port of Tilbury) – “With businesses facing ever more complex legislation it is important for them to be able to turn to a group like Essex Chambers for support and advice. Having a local presence will make that even easier and we very much welcome them increasing their visibility in Thurrock.”

Essex Chambers’ Chief Executive Denise Rossiter explains why it has been so important for the organisation to move here -“Thurrock is on the doorstep of DP World’s London Gateway Port development and the £150 million investment in Junction 30 of the M25 Dartford Crossing. This part of South Essex is growing fast and offering so many fantastic, new opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Essex Chamber of Commerce is all about opening valuable doors for businesses and so we want to be on the spot, helping companies both small and large to maximise these opportunities.”


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