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VisitBritain Business Advice Hub

VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s Business Advice Hub helps tourism businesses with free toolkits, guides and case studies and other relevant supporting information to help your tourism business to grow. Covering the following topics

Start your business
The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.

Find funding
Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.

Know your legal obligations
On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.

Understand health and safety
Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.

Make your business accessible
Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.

Make your business sustainable
How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.

Employ and manage staff
Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.

Find training
Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.

Get quality assessed
How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.

Enter the Awards for Excellence
How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Market your business
VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.

Attract international visitors
Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.

Find local support
An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) and Growth Hubs are.

Explore the Hub now at www.visitengland.org/businessadvice

For local business support, advice, grants and loans visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business

Beach libraries help families make the most of the Essex Sunshine Coast

Families looking to enjoy the Essex Sunshine Coast this season can benefit from a series of free beach libraries.

Run by a number of different community groups around the district, the sites contain fun items such as buckets and spades for groups to use for the day.

Beach Libraries

As well as ensuring the toys are not just used once, making them more environmentally friendly, they can also be useful for families on low incomes.

Visitors who do buy new toys but are not likely to use them again for a while are encouraged to donate them at the end of their stay to the libraries, provided they are in good condition.

Alex Porter, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, thanked the groups who were running the beach libraries.

“We are really keen to support these initiatives – which are best run by volunteers – as a way of making our beautiful beaches more accessible to all,” Councillor Porter said.

“By making sure buckets, spades and other beach toys are re-used, and don’t spend the rest of the year languishing in the boot of a car, we can all do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic items being created.

“They can also be a godsend for families taking an affordable day out to our coastline who can instead spend their disposable income on ice creams for their little ones rather than a use-once toy.”

Beach libraries can currently be found in various locations along the seafront at Clacton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Dovercourt; anyone interested in setting up a new library can email seafronts@tendringdc.gov.uk to explore options.

Nominations open for the 2024 Tendring Youth Awards

Nominations have opened for the eighth Tendring Youth Awards – including a new category for 2024.

The awards celebrate amazing accomplishments by young people who live, study or work in Tendring, across a wide range of categories; as well as adults who support them.

Nominations open now, ahead of the glitzy gala awards evening in July, to give people plenty of time to put forward young people.

Harwich Haven Authority returns as headline sponsors of the awards for a fifth year, with the Tendring Youth Awards also supported by Tendring District Council and Essex County Council.

Other sponsors so far include the Princes Theatre, Tendring Careline, Actual Radio, Halterman Carless and Aquinas Provisions Ltd, while Latimer by Clarion Housing Group and TimeLine Auctions Limited join as new sponsors for 2024.

Newly introduced for 2024 is a Young Life Saver Award, to recognise young people who have either directly saved a life, or who have taught and shared skills to train others to do so.

This joins the existing ten categories such as Community Improvement and Environmental Initiative – both of which come with a bursary for the winner – and the Unsung Hero award for adults who support young people.

This year the Tendring Youth Awards committee has also re-named the former Volunteer Award to ‘For the Good of All’, in recognition of wider community volunteering that many young people carry out.

Individuals or groups of young people, such as youth organisations, can be nominated; while the various categories recognise academic achievement, inspirational caring, work in the community and efforts to help the environment, among others.

A panel of judges assess the nominations after the deadline of Sunday, 21 April, and compile a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to a glitzy presentation evening at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on Tuesday, 9 July.

Karen O’Connor, Chairwoman of the Tendring Youth Awards, said that a decade on (the awards missed two years due to Covid-19) she was still humbled by the incredible achievements of young people in the area.

“Each and every year we learn about some truly incredible young people, and I cannot wait to see the nominations this year,” Karen said.

“However, that is only possible with your help – so please think about young people you know and put them forward for a Tendring Youth Award.

“I am particularly looking forward to seeing what nominations we receive in our new category, Young Life Saver, which I am confident will be full of inspiring stories.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors for their continued support – particularly our headline sponsors, Harwich Haven Authority, and our new sponsors for this year, Latimer by Clarion Housing Group and TimeLine Auctions – and if your business or organisation would like to sponsor the awards, please do get in touch.”

To nominate someone for a Tendring Youth Award, complete an online nomination form at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/tendring-youth-awards or request a form and submit it via thetendringyouthawards@gmail.com – alternatively you can fill it out and return it by post to Tendring Youth Awards (Nominations), Town Hall, Clacton, CO15 1SE.

Source: https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/news/nominations-open-for-the-2024-tendring-youth-awards

Tendring business owners invited to free event for staff support

T4G Support your staff

This free-to-attend ‘Supporting Your Staff’ event is designed for SMEs, either already employing staff or new to recruitment, to learn more about the current schemes available to assist with employee support, as well as more general topics including current legislation and advice from a Human Resources (HR) perspective.

Our keynote speakers include, with more to be announced:
Paula Fisher from Practical HR, who will be speaking about the DAAWN Project (Domestic Abuse awareness in the Workplace Now), which enables SMEs to recognise the signs of employees living with domestic abuse (supported by Essex Chambers of Commerce).

Tracey Salisbury from HR Prime Services Ltd, a local company, who will be speaking about the general HR picture for small businesses.

Debbie Burns from Able Futures, who will be speaking to give information, resources, and guidance available through Able Futures relating to employee’s mental health.

This event will be taking place:
14th March 2024
10:00am to 12:30pm
At the Jaywick Sunspot, Brooklands, Jaywick, Essex, CO15 2JG

Join us for this thought-provoking and informative event at the Jaywick Sunspot, with light refreshments provided and plenty of time for networking with other like minded business people afterwards. See you there!

Sign up at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-your-staff-tickets

Sunspot shortlisted in architecture awards

The Sunspot development in Jaywick Sands has been recognised for its architecture.

The commercial workspace and retail development, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), has been shortlisted for a 2024 MacEwen Award – a scheme run by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Journal.

Designed by Colchester-based HAT Projects and built by Essex firm TJ Evers, the Sunspot is a £5.3million project made up of 24 commercial units – a mixture of retail and office space – along with a covered market, event space, café and other amenities.

It received £2.39million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund administered by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), with an additional £2.04million funding coming from Essex County Council (ECC), and £816,000 from TDC; which is also using part of its UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation for operating costs.

Sunspot is one of 13 projects to be shortlisted in the award, and is in the final two in the Workplace and social enterprise category – and the winners are due to be announced at the end of this month (January 2024).

The accolade follows other recognition in the architecture sector, with Observer critic Rowan Moore listing Sunspot as one of the five best architecture projects of 2023 – describing it as “a new landmark” for Jaywick Sands.

Hana Loftus, one of the directors of HAT Projects, said the recognition was high praise for the work.

“We hope the community in Jaywick Sands is proud that Sunspot is gaining recognition for its innovative model and impactful design – this project is for them first and foremost,” she said.

“Everyone deserves beautifully-designed buildings in their neighbourhoods, bringing joy to everyday life as well as helping people to thrive through the facilities and opportunities they provide.

“Our practice ethos is founded on bringing that joy and care into every project and as a locally based practice, it is particularly special to be able to make a difference in our local area.”

Councillor Ivan Henderson, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism, added: “A key aspect of the whole Sunspot project was to create something that could act as a gateway to the part of Jaywick Sands it sits on, so to have it described as a ‘landmark’ means we have definitely hit the brief.

“Sunspot is proving very successful, a popular place for businesses to base themselves and for people to visit.

“My thanks go to everyone involved in making Sunspot a success, and particularly to HAT Projects for their design which has led to this fantastic recognition.”

Councillor Lee Scott, Cabinet Member for Planning a Growing Economy at Essex County Council, said: “It is great to see that the Sunspot Development has been recognised nationally. It really is a fantastic space for businesses, helping both new and existing business to flourish.

“It is also proving to be a valued local place for residents and those further afield to visit and enjoy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for all their hard work in making the development possible.”

Source: www.tendringdc.gov.uk/news/sunspot-shortlisted-in-architecture-awards

Council commits to Clacton Airshow for four years

Clacton Airshow will go ahead for the next four years under a commitment made today (Friday, 25 January).

A Cabinet meeting held at event organisers Tendring District Council (TDC) agreed to run a Clacton Airshow annually up to and including 2027 during a meeting this morning.

Clacton Airshow – which is staging its 31st event this year on 22-23 August – regularly attracts 250,000 visitors over the two days, and is worth an estimated £12.2million to the local economy.

Clacton Airshow Crowd

Ivan Henderson, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism, said the four-year decision put the event on a more sustainable footing.

“Clacton Airshow is a fantastic event, there is no doubt about that, and gives a huge added value to the district economy,” Cllr Henderson said.

“It also involves a serious commitment of money, time and resources from this council; all things we – like local authorities up and down the country – do not have endless supplies of and need to carefully consider where we use them.

“The economic benefits, and the smiles on people’s faces as they turn their eyes to the skies, make Clacton Airshow a worthwhile investment. By committing to it for four years, instead of annually, means the brilliant team that puts it together can benefit from economies of scale and explore further income options to reduce its cost to the council – safeguarding its future going forward.

“We are confident this will be a welcome decision, not only from the hundreds of thousands of flight fans, but also from local residents who told us in our recent Corporate Plan consultation that the event was something they were proud of. Indeed, this meets Our Vision theme of promoting our offer and attracting visitors to the area.”

The decision does not mean that the Airshow will end in 2027, but will be subject to a further review and commitment.

Keep up to date at www.clactonairshow.com

Couple looking up at the sky

Savour, Solve & Sip Quiz Night!

1 Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Savour, Solve & Sip!

Get ready for an evening filled with laughter, brain-teasers, and fantastic deals at our Quiz Night! Gather your friends, family, or colleagues for a memorable night of knowledge and entertainment in the charming ambience of My Big Fat Greek Taverna.

Indulge in the delightful 2 for 1 offer on our beers and signature cocktails. Feeling peckish? Enjoy a scrumptious feast with an exclusive 20% off our delectable menu for all quiz participants. Treat yourself to a culinary journey as you strategise your way to quiz victory!

Make sure to secure your spot now! DM, call on 012255 448 844 or email us at events@theroyalclacton.co.uk

Event date & time: 

Friday, 26 January, 2024 – 19:00 to 23:00

Venue Name: 

My Big Fat Greek Taverna.

Venue address: 

1 Marine Parade East,
Clacton-on-Sea,
CO15 1PU

Contact Name: 

My Big Fat Greek Taverna.

Contact email: 

Contact landline: 

012255 448 844

Contact website: 

https://www.facebook.com/bigfatgreektavernaclacton/posts/pfbid0SgUaSDWe1TyZEZ3kNZzDHTP2ETnbZivMSxJfW7qkyHMCnMt14stR6uVCkmXwGkcpl

Cost: 

Contact to find out price.

Induction loop: 

No

Wheelchair access: 

Yes

Winterfest Comedy Night.

The Rosebud 66 Hurst Green CO7 0EH

Hazel and the Wivenhoe Funny Farm returns to Brightlingsea from across the water, with a whole team of comedians to chase the gloomy from winter!
You can book a table in the restaurant for a bite to eat prior to the event by clicking here https://www.rosebudpub.co.uk/

Event date & time: 

Saturday, 3 February, 2024 – 20:00

Venue Name: 

The Rosebud

Venue address: 

The Rosebud 66 Hurst Green
Brightlingsea
CO7 0EH

Contact landline: 

01206 304571

Induction loop: 

No

Wheelchair access: 

Yes

Jungle Adventure Panto 2024

Brightlingsea Community Centre
Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea
Colchester
CO7 0LG
 

All the elements of a traditional Pantomime we know & love, but with an exciting new storyline set in the heart of the jungle!

 

Prince Mabooboo will soon be taking the throne of his tribe ‘The Oomegoolie Tribe’, only to be usurped by the evil Witch Doctor, Witchetty Grub.  Can the Royal Cooks; Ginger and Nuts, Dame Doris and Cara Loft solve the mystery & save the day?

Of course they can!

*Alternative timings at 14:00PM or 19:30PM*

Event date & time: 

Saturday, 3 February, 2024 – 10:30

Venue Name: 

Brightlingsea Community Centre

Venue address: 

Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea Colchester
CO7 0LG

Contact Name: 

Brightlingsea Community Centre

Contact email: 

Contact landline: 

01206 302055

Cost: 

From £5

Induction loop: 

No

Wheelchair access: 

Yes

Jungle Adventure Panto 2024

Brightlingsea Community Centre
Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea
Colchester
CO7 0LG
 

All the elements of a traditional Pantomime we know & love, but with an exciting new storyline set in the heart of the jungle!

 

Prince Mabooboo will soon be taking the throne of his tribe ‘The Oomegoolie Tribe’, only to be usurped by the evil Witch Doctor, Witchetty Grub.  Can the Royal Cooks; Ginger and Nuts, Dame Doris and Cara Loft solve the mystery & save the day?

Of course they can!

Event date & time: 

Friday, 2 February, 2024 – 19:30

Venue Name: 

Brightlingsea Community Centre

Venue address: 

Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea Colchester
CO7 0LG

Contact email: 

Contact landline: 

01206 302055

Cost: 

From £5

Induction loop: 

No

Wheelchair access: 

Yes

Visit Essex Destination Management Plan survey

Visit Essex is the destination management organisation for the county and its remit is to promote and develop tourism across Greater Essex.

They have just appointed Tomorrow’s Tourism Ltd. to help develop a Destination Management Plan which will give a clear route map for our county with a new vision, objectives and actions to drive the growth of the visitor economy.

They would love to hear your views on what’s important. Please go to the survey here  https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/nADXwa and tell us more about what the future of tourism in Essex should look like.

Jungle Adventure Panto 2024

 Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Rd, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0LG

All the elements of a traditional Pantomime we know & love, but with an exciting new storyline set in the heart of the jungle!

 

Prince Mabooboo will soon be taking the throne of his tribe ‘The Oomegoolie Tribe’, only to be usurped by the evil Witch Doctor, Witchetty Grub.  Can the Royal Cooks; Ginger and Nuts, Dame Doris and Cara Loft solve the mystery & save the day?

Of course they can!

Event date & time: 

Wednesday, 31 January, 2024 – 18:30

Venue Name: 

Brightlingsea Community Centre

Venue address: 

Lower Park Rd
Brightlingsea, Colchester
CO7 0LG

Contact email: 

Contact landline: 

01206 302055

Cost: 

From £5

Induction loop: 

No

Wheelchair access: 

Yes