RESIDENTS could get the help they need to turn their business ideas into a reality thanks to the latest Thurrock Soup event.
Thurrock Soup is a series of events that are organised by Thurrock Council, in partnership with Riverside Community Big Local, and aim to inspire social enterprise and business ideas from the local community.
The concept is very simple, with all attendees paying £5 for a bowl of soup and a roll to enjoy while networking before the business pitches begin. When all of the pitches are done everyone is asked to vote for their favourite idea and the winning entry receives the money collected from the soup donations to use towards starting up their business enterprise.
The project receives funding from local businesses and supports aspiring entrepreneurs in the borough in accessing and securing initial funding for local community projects. This year the event is sponsored by local IT company HanWolfe Ltd.
The latest event takes place at Thameside Café in Grays on Wednesday, 6 February from 6.30pm.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for Communities said: “Thurrock Soup is the perfect opportunity to get the community together and share their local business ideas.
“Residents are invited to come along and pitch their business ideas and then take a vote on who should receive the funding. Whether they are successful or not, the events are a great way to get the help and support needed to turn their ideas into a reality.
“If anyone is considering starting their own business and has an idea that they think would really benefit the local community then I would encourage them to come along.”
For more information about Thurrock Soup and to register to attend, visit www.thurrock.gov.uk/thurrocksoup.