Thurrock Council is hosting the first-ever Thurrock Enterprise Week (#TEW) from Monday 7 March to Friday 11 March to promote business growth, entrepreneurship and connect local businesses to major strategic investment projects across the borough.
The free events are made up of in-person and online events, as well as interactive workshops on strengthening and growing a business.
Special guest speakers include:
- BBC News presenter Martine Croxall, who will lead a panel including Rt Hon Ruth Kelly, Chair of Thames Freeport, on International Women's Day celebrating women in business (8 March)
- Perry Glading, Chair of Thurrock Business Board, who will discuss Thurrock's growth and regeneration at the Wednesday seminar (9 March)
- Wayne Hemingway MBE, co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead, with a session focusing on supporting our high streets and small businesses (11 March)
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Strategic Planning and External Relationships, Cllr Mark Coxshall – who will introduce the enterprise seminar on Wednesday 9 March – said: "Thurrock is a prosperous borough with huge regeneration plans and a dynamic economy, which is ever-growing, nurturing great opportunities, especially for businesses. The Thames Freeport is one such opportunity which will be at the heart of Thurrock and will generate more than £4.5billion in new public and private investment in jobs, skills, communities and infrastructure.
"We are a leading player within the national economy thanks to our businesses and entrepreneurs, and we continue to unlock countless opportunities that will benefit our communities. The borough's first-ever Thurrock Enterprise Week is an opportunity to grow your network, increase your knowledge and develop your skills which will help you to take your business to the next level.
"I would like to personally invite you all to join us on what is set to be an enriching week-long event, where you can hear advice, get support and learn directly from leading business and industry experts."