TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), features events with expert speakers covering topics on digital marketing, inclusive employment, and women in business, to more niche industries such as tourism and creative and cultural arts.
Locations across Tendring will play host to these events from Monday, 25 September to Wednesday 4 October, including a Jobs and Skills Fair; details can be found on our Eventbrite page and attendees are asked to book in advance to help manage numbers.
Cllr Ivan Henderson, TDC Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Regeneration & Tourism, said he was looking forward to meeting local firms, celebrating success and encouraging new business relationships.
“Businesses big and small play a vital role in Tendring’s local economy, whether they are a cottage industry or a large manufacturing firm, an entertainment venue or servicing offshore wind turbines,” Councillor Henderson said.
“Our TENDRING4GROWTH fortnight celebrates all of that, providing something that all small independent businesses should take advantage of.”
The TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight begins on Monday, 25 September with Spotlight on Tendring at the new Sunspot business centre in Jaywick Sands from 10am to 12.30pm. Keynote speaker Scott Russell from Paddy & Scott’s will discuss his business journey, whilst Colbea and Backing Essex Business will provide information on business support available across the district.
This is followed on Tuesday, 26 September with Coastal Tourism at The Waterfront Harwich from 10am to 1pm. Speakers include representatives from Harwich and Dovercourt Tourism Group, Essex County Council, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants, Landguard Trust, and Freeport East.
On Wednesday, 27 September the Digital and Independent Retailers event will take place at the Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea from 10am to 12:30pm. Speakers include The Write Impression (TWI), Leading Motion Ltd, and Essex Police who will provide support for establishing a robust online presence and cybersecurity.
Week two begins with a Women in Business networking event on Monday, 2 October at Clacton Leisure Centre from 10am to 12.30pm. Speakers include Ambitious Women in Essex and various local businesswomen.
On Tuesday, 3 October, three events will take place. Harwich Arts Centre will host the Creative and Culture event from 10am to 12:30pm with speakers from Arts Council England, Clacton Creatives, Colbea, and TDC.
Kingscliff in Holland-on-Sea will host two informal events focusing on inclusive employment, starting with the Military Employer Recognition Scheme from 10am to 12pm – Followed by Disability Confident from 12pm to 4pm.
Closing the open invitation Business Fortnight is the Innovation: A Freeport East, Industry & Innovate UK Edge Perspective event on Wednesday, 4 October at Wix Village Hall from 10am to 12:30pm. This will explore how the freeport will boost global trade for local business, with speakers from RWE Renewables, Freeport East, and Innovate UK Edge.