• The Forum Southend-on-Sea


Located just 40 miles east of London, Southend-on-Sea is home to 175,000 residents and has an immediate catchment area of more than half a million people. Its 6,500 businesses, a diverse mixture of global brands and local enterprises, generate more than £2.6bn annually. Its entrepreneurial spirit sees above average self-employment and business start-up rates resulting in a dynamic and exciting economy.

With strengths in medical technologies, cultural and creative industries, and aviation and advanced engineering as well as tourism Southend plays a significant role in the Thames Gateway and South East LEP and is the only City Deal city in the south east. The City Deal will deliver £1.8m Regional Growth Fund support to stimulate and enable business growth and innovation as well as a £1.3m redevelopment to create business incubation space to house our entrepreneurs.

The Council is also bringing forward the Airport Business Park which will be home to the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus, a unique partnership of local authorities, higher education and businesses in development of near-market goods and services in the medical technology sector. The broader business park will also be home to a range of high end, cross sector businesses.

Southend-on-Sea enjoys excellent national and international transport links with nine train stations on two lines into London, two major trunk roads connecting local road transport with the national network at the M25 and an expanding airport which has benefitted from over £130m investment from the Stobart Group in recent years.

Essex Means Business film promotes the county as the place to be

A film promoting Essex as the place to be for businesses that want to succeed has just received its premier screening.

The short film, commissioned by Essex County Council, was shown at the Essex Means Business showcase on Wednesday.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “Essex is an amazing county. We’ve got it all – advanced manufacturing, biotech industries, logistics, a thriving creative sector, offshore energy, business and finance. 

“We have two world class universities, helping us to provide the skills need by our business, transport links second to none and an incredible track record of innovation. This film brings all these threads together and blows away all stereotypes of Essex.

“As well as providing Essex people with a feel good factor, it should persuade businesses of the great potential for economic growth in the county.”

Made by Essex company, Deadline Communications, the film features businesses and attractions from around the county, many of which have taken part in the Essex Means Business campaign.

Launched last October, the campaign aims to highlight Essex as the place to be for innovation, skills and enterprise.

Businesses and organisations featured included Think BDW, DP World London Gateway, Ford, C-Truk, CNH, Harlow Group, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Anglia Ruskin University, Layer Marney Tower and Stansted Airport.

Music for the video was composed especially for the film by Colchester Institute music student Jake Crawford, aged 18.

The film, as well as being promoted on social media, will be used to promote Essex at a range of events, including the Local Government Association conference in Harrogate. It will also be embedded on websites of Essex County Council and partners.

VIDEO: Essex Means Business

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