TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), includes seminars, networking events and an awards evening all to champion different sectors and fantastic hidden businesses from across the area.
Nine free events are taking place across 11 days; full details can be found at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business, and attendees are asked to book in advance to help manage numbers, but people can turn up on the day. Some events can be joined virtually.
Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said she 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 seafront kiosk to a large manufacturing firm, a busy farm or servicing off-shore wind turbines,” Councillor Newton said.
“Our TENDRING4GROWTH fortnight celebrates all of that, with our themed events exploring different topics such as carbon reduction, the benefits of hiring ex-military personnel, and some of the key sectors we have in the district.”
The TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight begins on Monday (3 October) with a breakfast event, Tendring Means Business, with keynote speakers Paul Milsom from Milsom Hotels, Allistair Hunter from DS Group, and Tom West from RentMy.
This is followed on Tuesday, 4 October with an event around the Tourism, Cultural and Creative sectors – with speakers including Hayley Armstrong and Joely Ellis from Creative UK – while on Wednesday (5 October) there is a seminar on being part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which TDC has achieved a Gold Award for this summer.
The ever-popular skills fair returns to the Princes Theatre on Thursday, 6 October, with residents invited to have a go at various jobs and careers within key sectors across Tendring.
Week two launches with a Women in Business event on Monday, 10 October, where a panel of six guest speakers will outline their experiences and advice for people looking to follow in their path.
Tuesday, 11 October sees a workshop on Reducing Your Footprint to help local firms become green, with speakers including John Hall from Practical Actions for Climate and Environment (PACE) Manningtree and Lyn Mowforth from Essex Climate Action Commission.
Wednesday, 12 October looks at the opportunities within the green energy sector and from Freeport East, while farming and agriculture businesses can attend a drop-in Field to Fork event to meet a number of advisors from Defra, the NFU and others.
The fortnight ends with an invite-only celebration event including an awards ceremony, being held at the Princes Theatre.
Councillor Newton added: “These events are free, and there is something for everyone – so I’d encourage you to sign up now.”