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Rochford District Council’s Events Programme

The Economic Development Unit offers various FREE events and training throughout the year, which provides useful information and support to local businesses.

If you would like to be notified of events, training and initiatives you can join the Rochford Business Network. Please sign up online via 'Tell Me More'.

Demystifying Public Sector Procurements for SMEs

On Wednesday 5 June at 11.00am – 1.00pm online.

A free webinar for SMEs that explores how small to medium sized businesses in Essex can find and successfully bid for public sector contracts. This webinar is delivered by David Adlington, Consultant, from The Consortium, Catherine Martin, Procurement Specialist, from Essex County Council, Derin Ovolen, Social Value and Climate Change Officer and Rosalva Johnston, Essex Anchor Social Value Officer.

Book your place via Let’s Do Business website

Essex Construction Alliance event

After successful events in Harlow and Billericay, the Essex Construction Alliance (ECA) is headed to Chelmsford Rugby Football Club! Taking place on Thursday 13 June, from 8am to 11am.

Breakfast will be provided upon arrival. From sole traders to tier one contractors, come along to meet industry experts and connect with like-minded construction professionals. Book your free place via Eventbrite

East of England Manufacturing Conference - Digitalisation in Manufacturing

On Tuesday 2 July. From 8.30 am until 5 pm at West Suffolk College, University and Professional Development Centre in Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3SP. Depending on your business, some tickets are chargeable.

Listen to inspirational speakers from across the sector and come together to share best practices to understand how your business can grow! Whether it's knowing where to start on your digital journey or understanding what's next to take your business to the next level!

Join NAAME's (New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering) Annual Conference as they explore the diverse topic of Digitalisation in Manufacturing. This is your opportunity to ensure that your business understands the fundamentals of how and where to start your digital journey. Please book your tickets via Eventbrite

FSB Essex Summer Social

On Wednesday 24 July from 3pm to 6pm at Marco’s Spanish Restaurant in Rayleigh.

Ticket price includes Paella and Sangria! You do not need to be a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) member to come along. Once you have purchased your ticket, drop-in any time between 3 and 6 pm for some delicious food and drink whilst you expand your network - and your waistline!

Book your place on the FSB Essex Summer Social via the FSB website.

Rochford District Business News

Rochford District Council is committed to supporting local businesses. We have set up the Rochford Business Network to enable us, the Economic Development Team, to make contact with local businesses, to provide information, help and support and to deliver this to the local business community.

Since launching the network , now rebranded 'Tell Me More', over 3000 businesses have joined and are enjoying the benefits the network has to offer. The Tell Me More service is free to join, and as a member you will have access to:

  • E-bulletins detailing events and campaigns that assist local businesses
  • Regular emails that include local and national information (including opportunities for grants and funding)
  • Receive notification of business support services and initiatives that may help your business
  • A support structure for local businesses to connect with each other
  • Opportunities to engage with local businesses, business support agencies and Council Officers
  • Consultations taking place in the District

To join all you need to do is sign up to Business News through the Council's 'Tell Me More' service

You can also keep up to date with all business related news by following us on twitter @Business_RDC

UK Imports and Exports

From the 1st January 2022 new rules apply for UK business operations regarding imports and exports.

Register now for HMRC live webinars - HMRC will explain existing guidance and answer general questions about the content. They’re unable to answer questions specific to the items you import or export on the webinars:

You can also find webinars and videos from other government departments about trading with the EU.

Cyber Security

Studies have shown that historically there has been a rise in cybercrime following large notable events impacting the UK as criminals capitalise on any possible confusion such as a global pandemic.

Taking time now to review your businesses cyber security provision and colleague education will help to protect your business from any future disruption from a cyber incident. You may find the Metropolitan Police’s website a useful resource as well as the websites listed in Related Content section.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has created a tool that every small business should use to make sure you are #CyberAware - get your free Cyber Action Plan today by visiting the NCSC website here!