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Lord Heseltine to speak at keynote conference

BUSINESSES and councils across south Essex are delighted former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has agreed to be the keynote speaker at a transport and growth summit on Wednesday next week (11th March).

Businesses across the region are being encouraged to take part in the summit, jointly organised by Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea councils and held at Southend Airport.

Kate Willard from Stobart Group will Chair the event and, in addition to Lord Heseltine, contributors include Julian Drury, c2c’s Managing Director; David Burch from the Essex Chambers of Commerce; and the leaders of both councils – Cllr John Kent and Cllr Ron Woodley. Both authorities, along with partners, are championing projects and investments aimed at improving links and stimulating job creation across south Essex.

Leading south Essex businesses along with political leaders from Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea councils are hosting the summit which will tackle key subjects including investment priorities, transport infrastructure, connectivity and skills.

“This will be an informative and interactive session where we in the business community can join our voices with local authorities to help drive sustainable economic growth I know that Lord Heseltine will make a significant contribution to our thinking as he has continuously done to the regeneration agenda across the UK throughout his career.” said Kate Willard.

Alongside the issue of economic growth, connectivity and skills, the potential of a combined authority between Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock Councils will also be discussed at the summit.

“Significant international gateways such as London Gateway, Southend Airport and the Port of Tilbury are situated within the collective geography of south Essex. Transport and growth are key issues for us all and for future generations. We are delighted to be jointly hosting this summit between the private and public sector,” said Cllr Ron Woodley Leader of Southend Borough Council.

And Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council added: “We are already bringing in £6 billion worth of private investment and millions of public funds into the area, but we believe that by creating a combined authority – not a merger, but a partnership – we will enable the whole south Essex region to help our businesses grow, creating jobs and prosperity along the north bank of the Thames Estuary.”

Registering for the free business event on 11 March from 2pm to 5pm at London Southend Airport can be done by emailing to reserve a place.

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