Business News and Events

Click It Local is coming to Rochford District! Make sure your business is involved...

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Click It Local to support our local independent businesses throughout the Rochford District.

The Click It Local website is a virtual high street that enables shoppers to buy from any independent local shop and have it delivered straight to their door on the same day. Their mission is to help save local high streets and independents across the UK by making shopping local easier and faster than using the likes of Amazon. Please visit our live website here (recently launched) to give you an idea of what your business could like on the platform.

Whether you are an established high street business or a growing home business, Click It Local will enable you to have your products delivered on the same-day to the local population of Rochford District and across a growing Essex user base that includes Chelmsford, Maldon, Brentwood and North Essex!

Please see a brief overview below of how it works:

  • Set-up your local virtual shop with support from Click It Local
  • Be part of a local high-street online within Rochford District.
  • Add as many or as few products as you like and receive online payments
  • Track all orders, collections, and deliveries
  • No sign-up fees and no minimum term
  • For the first 3 months following the launch, independent stores within Rochford District will have an exclusive 0% fee on all sales (Beyond 3 months, Click It Local takes a modest 7.5% from any sales + stripe fee (1.4% + 20p))
  • Have orders collected and delivered by Click It Local at no extra cost, with the customer paying a modest delivery fee starting at £3.50
  • Opportunity to extend deliveries across the Rochford District and North Essex.

The service is completely FREE to businesses for the first 3 months with no long-term commitment, meaning you really have nothing to lose!

The official launch for customers was May 11th 2021 – to sign-up and create your FREE profile* (limited time offer), please click on the link below. We will be extensively promoting Click It Local to our residents who we know are eager to support our local independent businesses, so the sooner you sign up the more promotion you will receive!

Please feel free to contact your dedicated account manager Harriet at Click it Local, with any questions you might have by emailing harriet@clickitlocal.co.uk or call 07557379973 if you would simply like to learn more about how to get involved. You can sign up on their site here. 

The UK Transition

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. 

New rules took effect on 1 January 2021. You should already be prepared, please refer to our UK Transition page where you will also see a range of support and online events your business can undertake to continue 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.

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'.

Colbea logo

Colbea - Colchester Business Enterprise Agency

Calling all entrepreneurs! Colbea’s training course – First Steps to Start-Up Success – is now open for bookings! If you’ve got an idea for a new business or have just started one, this course will be perfect for you. More info and booking 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

These are regular informal, ‘no nonsense’ business networking events, with NO fees or commitments, held on the last Tuesday of each month.

These ’get togethers’ are about getting to know people and sharing knowledge and experiences. These events are now being held online, so there is no excuse not to be there.

3 Chambers use Zoom for the events and you will be allocated a 'room' with up to ten people, whom you can network & exchange details with. After a time, you will switch to another 'room' to allow you to meet another group. During the session, you should be able to meet all of the participants at the event. Register for your place by visiting the 3 Chambers website


Best Growth Hub             

FREE government funded workshop to help grow your business 

Attend a FREE 30 minute taster sessions to find out more about how SEBB can help you develop and grow your business.

The last year has been tough; businesses have had to adapt and priorities have changed. It’s now more essential than ever that businesses learn new skills that will help them not only survive but continue to grow. SEBB is here to help. Join one of their weekly information sessions where you can find out more about our 12 hour support programme available.

These short informal sessions are a great way for you to understand what this programme can do for your business, it’s an opportunity to speak to the team, and ask any questions you may have.
SEBB's 12 hour support programme offers specialist advice, training and mentoring, giving you the tools to apply to help your business grow and develop.

We have courses covering

  • Video & Content Creation
  • Business Strategy Development
  • How to Sell More
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Project Management

Space on the programmes are limited so book your taster session today! Take the first step into understanding what SEBB's 12 hour support programme can do for your business.

The Peer Network Programme 

The BEST Growth Hub & PNP Teams are immensely proud that we have been able to make a difference during these difficult times to not only the business owners but also the support to their employees. We are really excited about the next phase of PNP 2.0 which we will be launching July.

Learn. Share. Grow. Get practical no nonsense support from other local businesses - There's never been a more important time to invest in the future of your business by working with people who know business best. Other business leaders. Join forces to find your strength in 2021 with Peer Networks. Complete the Enquiry Form in less than three minutes and your local Growth Hub will contact you to let you know more and explain the next steps.

How you and your business can benefit from Peer Networks support

Learn from your peers: Find solutions to the real issues your business is facing by working with other local business leaders facing similar challenges.

  • All it takes is your time: Peer Networks is a completely free programme, all it takes is a few hours of your time each month. You can join virtual sessions from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Varied delivery, real results: Activities take place in structured, small-group sessions, led by a skilled professional facilitator to make sure you see real results in return for the investment of your time. You will also benefit from access to 1:1 mentoring, coaching or advice depending on the support you need.
  • Non-competitive: Peer Networks brings together business leaders working collaboratively to find solutions to common problems. You will not be placed in a group with any competitors, so you can share your expertise and benefit from others.

So if you are passionate about business – be an opportunist, grab this free support with both hands …you won’t regret it!!

Register your interest here

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 , now rebranded 'Tell Me More' in July 2009, over 2100 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 campagins 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