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Connected and Smart: briefing offers opportunity for Southend businesses to learn more

Published Wednesday, 18th September 2019

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A Southend Business Partnership briefing, looking at the key Southend 2050 strategic theme of “connected and smart”, will take place on Thursday 26 September at The Forum.

The Southend Business Partnership is an independent business association, with a network of over 800 professionals across Southend-on-Sea. The partnership brings together businesses from all sectors and of all sizes and backgrounds to share best practice, contacts, knowledge and news.

The briefing will give people in attendance the opportunity to listen to different speakers delivering important information on how Southend will achieve its ambition of being a leading digital city and accessible place.

Come and hear speakers from local and national organisations discuss their plans for making Southend a truly connected and smart city, with C2C and First Bus will be speaking. CityFibre, along with Vodafone, will also be explaining their plans for turning Southend into one of the first full fibre gigabit broadband towns in the country. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Connected and Smart lead officer, John Williams, will update you on the connected and smart agenda and how this will benefit local businesses.

Find out about grants and other finance available to Southend businesses, in the marketplace. You can also get advice from Forward Motion on helping employees travel to and from work, and find out how your organisation can reduce its waste and improve recycling rates.

There will also be information available regarding meeting spaces to rent, business services in the Southend area and the new Airport Business Park.

Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for culture, tourism and business, said: “Southend is fast becoming known for being a connected and smart borough, and being chosen by City Fibre and Vodafone to be one of just 12 boroughs to have gigabit broadband installed is testament to this. Many businesses in our area are already looking to their own connectivity, so please spare your time if you can come along, and find out how you can work with us, or benefit from these future-looking developments.

“As well as making sure you’re in the know about Southend’s connected future, this is a great event for networking with other businesses, and I urge anyone with a keen interest in local business to attend. Book your free ticket online.”

For further information and to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite website.