Business News and Events

The UK Transition

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is now a Transition Period which will last until 31 December 2020.

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, please refer to our UK Transition page where you will also see a range of online events your business can participate in to help you prepare.

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 'Tell Me More'.

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Colbea - Colchester Business Enterprise Agency

Are currently offering this online course:-

Advance into Business – This programme consists of 6 online training workshops covering key business areas.  Each half-day workshop includes access to expert training and educational materials including workbooks and canvases.  Dedicated support in writing your business plan.  Professional business support from experienced advisors and expert speakers. A £50 refundable deposit upon completion of the course applies.

This programme is aimed at the over 40s, who are not currently working (e.g. recently redundant/retired) and wanting to start a new business. Starts 28th January 2021.  Further information and booking is available on the ‘Advance into Business’ Eventbrite page. 

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Virtual Business Transformation Workshop - Various dates from 13th October to 10th December 2020. Choose the one most convenient to you!

This workshop is delivered by Back to Business Essex and fully funded by Essex County Council. Business Transformation is a virtual workshop to help businesses transform their processes to create a better working environment.

The course will be delivered by Andy Skinner, Director, AMS Consultants.

For further information and to book please visit the Business Transformation Workshop Eventbrite page. 

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.

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

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