Business News and Events

The UK has left the EU

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any additional arrangements.

Check how to get ready for new rules in 2021

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

Best Big Business Briefing

It is with great pleasure BEST Growth Hub announce the date of their BEST Big Business Briefing II on Wednesday 30th September 2020 at 2 - 4 pm.

The aim of this 2 hour virtual meeting is to help businesses fully understand the full range of support available to them during these ever evolving unprecedented times. This month they will be focusing on new enterprise, kickstarting careers, new businesses and supporting businesses and their employees through these turbulent times - so join us on this month’s call. 

Register to take part using this link 

HMRC Help and Support – here to help you get it right.

The day-to-day running of your business is important, especially in difficult times like now.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can help you understand what business expenses you can claim. Join their live FREE webinars for the latest information and the chance to ask questions using the on-screen text box and choose the date and time most convenient for you!

Business expenses for the self-employed: Find out what business expenses are, what is and isn’t allowable, and how using simplified expenses can make life easier.

Register using this link for Business Expenses webinar

Car expenses for the self-employed: If you’re using your own car for business, HMRC will tell you about flat rate motoring expenses, calculating the actual costs, leasing a car, and personal contract purchases. 

Register using this link for Car Expenses webinar

3 Chamber Events logo3 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. For their latest events, please visit the 3 Chamber Events website here.


Colbea logoBusiness 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 service. 

For more detail and to book, please call 01206 548833, or please use this link

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 1700 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