Business News and Events

Be Prepared For Brexit

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.  Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. If the withdrawal agreement is not signed by the UK and the EU, it is possible the UK could still leave with no deal. Please keep an eye on social media channels as we have been promoting business workshops and webinars as and when they arise.  For local information you can also visit the Essex County Council and BEST Growth Hub websites listed in related content.  These websites are regularly updated with the latest information and .gov.uk contains all the business information you need to be prepared should we leave the EU.

You may also wish to read the governments’ No-Deal Readiness Report published on 9th October 2019, please see the Related Content section.

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. For example, there have already been a number of reported scams following the collapse of Thomas Cook. As we head towards the UK’s exit from the EU there is an expectation that there may be an increase in the number of cyber security attacks against organisations and individuals using the situation as a cover story.

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 Little Book of Cyber Scams 2.0 a useful guide as well as the websites listed in related content.

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 the 'Tell Me More' link

3 Chambers Network Meet-Up

Informal, ‘no nonsense’ business networking, with NO fees or commitments. This ’get together’ is about getting to know people and sharing knowledge and experiences. These events are held at a different venue each time, so wherever you are based, you are likely to find one held at a venue near you.

The next one is taking place in January 2020 from 5:30  – 7:30 pm at Marco’s Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh. Watch this space for the date to be announced!

These events are free of charge as a cash bar is available, so there is no excuse not to be there. Just turn up any time between 5.30 and 7.30pm and enjoy – come along and get involved. We look forward to welcoming you. Chamber Members – Free  Non-Members - Free (max of 3 events).

Exciting New Business Advice Service in Rochford District!

Colbea – Colchester Business Enterprise Agency – have been offering advice and training to businesses in Colchester for 37 years and they are now extending these services to other parts of Essex. Rochford District Council are working in partnership with Colbea to offer this monthly service in Rayleigh starting on Wednesday 18th December. These fully funded, one hour, One to One business advice sessions held at Rayleigh Information Centre, 2 Hockley Road, SS6 8EB, where a fully qualified business adviser will be able to answer your questions.

The last workshop in November had a great turnout so don’t miss out! Appointments for the 18th are limited and strictly by booking in advance - first come first served. For more detail and to book, please call 01206 548833, or please use this link

SEBB Business Support Workshops

SEBB Business Support Workshops are now being provided via First Ascent and Enterprise Support Alliance who are delivering a full suite of Business and Pre-Start Workshops across the whole of Essex, Southend and Thurrock until December 2019, to coincide seamlessly with SEBB delivery. Please click on this link for a full list of the latest workshops.

Hive Enterprise Centre events

The Hive Enterprise Centre in Southend-on-Sea hosts a range of business workshops and networking events throughout the centre. For further details, visit the Hive Southend page in related content.

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 in July 2009, over 1300 businesses have now joined and are enjoying the benefits the network has to offer.

The Rochford Business Network (Tell Me More service) is free to join, and as a member you will have access to:

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

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

This will enable you to make the most of the services that are available to you and also network at the breakfast events to help promote your business.

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