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  • The Best Festive Business Competition is back again this year to celebrate the festive season with businesses across the Southend borough. The competion will run from 1 November till 12 December 2018. Click here for details on entry to the competition, click here for instructions to cast your vote. Shop window display poster is also available to download here.
  • We are proud to support Small Business Saturday on 1 December 2018, when free parking is offered at Ilfracombe Avenue - Southchurch, North Road - Milton, Hamlet Court Road, Elm Road, North Street, Ceylon Road, and Thorpe Bay Broadway car parks. Please register and promote your business on the SBS website. You can also download an official poster here . Email with special deals for the day to be mentioned on our social media @BusinessOnSea
  • The next Southend Business Briefing will take place at the Cliffs Pavilion on 14 November. Book here.
  • Southend Borough Council has teamed up with the Hive Enterprise Centre and Dr Terence Lewis of Energyst Consulting to offer a series of three topical workshops on energy efficiency, innovative energy management, and latest development an dgrants offers for electric vehicles. Starting on Tuesday 25 September. Free to attend, book here.
  • In partnership with Essex Police and Techcity-on-Sea, Southend Borough Council presents you with a series of three workshops on cyber security, starting on 9 October at the Hive Enterprise Centre. Free to attend, book here.
  • Following recent GDPR exercise, we have now an updated Privacy Notices if you want to know more about the new data protection legislation and how we use your personal data.
  • The government just announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection. Residents can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500. The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers, visit to find out more.
  • We are currently looking for a partner to work with us on the delivery of the Better Queensway project. For further information on the procurement please visit
  • Southend has been successful at securing £15m from the Housing Infrastructure Funding budget to start to develop the improved road network for Better Queensway. The award is the third largest single allocation of 134 awards made across the country, and is one of thirteen across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area that will receive a share of more than £82m.
  • £5.5m of funding has been secured from the ERDF funding to support the Creative, Cultural and Digital sector in the South East. The SECCADS project is led by Thurrock Council, with details to come.
  • South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme can reimburse up to 30% of the cost of your capital purchase – up to a maximum grant value of £10,000, and offer free business advice/support. To register your insterest please visit:
  • Totally over £18.5 million ERDF fund, the Low Carbon Across South East (LoCASE) project can support your business with grant funding up to a maximum of £10,000 to improve business performance and profitability. Also offered free is their expert business advice. To check your eligibility please visit:

BEST Growth Hub have a full range of training events. Get in touch with details if you have an event, workshop, news or information you would like to be included in our monthly SBP newsletter. To read the full newsletter please click on the issues below. To sign up for the monthly newsletter please contact

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Business Networking

  • Networking and Cake - On the last Friday of each month, this free networking event is located in The Hive. Visit their website.
  • Southend Peers - A weekly morning meeting at The Arlington Rooms. Visit their website.
  • BNI Southend - Weekly meetings held at The Arlington Rooms. Visit their website.
  • Southend Business Partnership - An early morning briefing every 4 months at different local venues. Visit their website.
  • Jelly Southend - Meet the last Wednesday of every month at the Holiday Inn. Visit their website.
  • EBN Logo - Meets fortnightly at The Arlington Rooms. Visit their website.
  • Saxons Network - The group meets 2nd Friday of the month at Southend Rugby Football Club.
  • Omni Local Business Networking - Meeting once a fortnight at The Saxon King. Visit their website.
  • Your Creative Network - For all entrepreneurs in the creative, cultural and digital industry. Visit their Facebook Page.
  • FSB - Groups held monthly at The Saxon King. Visit their website.
  • FPB - Groups held monthly at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park - Visit their website.
  • Essex Business Women's Network - Monthly meetings for women who have a businesss or would like one. Visit their website.
  • Westcliff Breakfast Business Networking - once a month at My Kitchen. Contact
  • Double Whammy - Ad hoc events, with at least 80% of the ticket money going to local causes. Visit their website.

Do you have a networking group in Southend you would like to appear on this page? Get in touch.