Seventh Thurrock Business Conference held

SCORES of people turned out for the seventh Thurrock business conference last week, Tuesday 15 November, to hear from local business partners, the ambitious development plans for Purfleet and Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) funding available to get businesses to go green.

The Thurrock Business Board, in collaboration with Thurrock Council, hosted the morning event at The Park Inn, North Stifford and was impressed with the turn out despite some unplanned traffic issues.

Those in attendance heard from Ken Dytor, Chief Executive of the Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd who gave an inspiring sneak peak at the development plans in Purfleet which will include new schools, water frontage developments, new homes and a world-class TV and Film studios.

In addition, Lisa Ricketts from Thurrock Council spoke about LoCASE funding which is available to small to medium sized businesses who want to become more energy efficient.

Finally, because the event coincided with Global Entrepreneurship Week, local start-up Honestly Fresh Foods Ltd, explained how their business got off the ground with the support of The BEST Growth Hub, the Thurrock Local Enterprise Agency and Thurrock Council.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall said: “The business conferences have been running since 2011.

“The conferences are run by business for business and facilitated by the Council. They are considered to be a well-established and useful event which local businesses obviously value.

“There is a wealth of support, advice and funding available to businesses who employ less than 250 people. For larger businesses, we would invite you to speak to one of the economic development team for a bespoke discussion on how we can help you grow and develop in Thurrock.”

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