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Business networking event a success

Small business from across the Borough came together on Canvey Island to network and learn more about going net zero.

The successful event, hosted jointly by Castle Point Borough Council and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), saw 24 business meet at the International House Business Centre on the evening of Tuesday, 16 January.

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This collaborative networking session between the FSB and Castle Point Borough Council was the first of its kind in the Borough and forms part of the new business support programme.  Following positive feedback, Council Leader Dave Blackwell has pledged that there will be more of these sessions to follow.

He said: “You could feel the positivity and enthusiasm in the room. It was great to see. Small businesses are at the heart of our community and our economy. It is vital we support them in every way we can.

“Our thanks go to the FSB whose considerable expertise and business network was essential in making this happen. We will now be looking to make this a regular part of our business support programme across the Borough.”

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Guest speaker at the event was Mike Russell from MKR Solutions, who is also an FSB Essex Area Lead. Mike’s talk focused on how net zero does not have to mean large capital investment in technology.

Ann Scott, Development Manager, FSB (Essex) said “Running your own business is rewarding, but it can be challenging. Especially given the current economic climate with multiple headwinds such as high energy bills and increased staffing costs. These events are designed to give like-minded entrepreneurs, self-employed people, and small business owners from across Essex the opportunity to network, collaborate, promote their services, and support each other”.

Upcoming events for businesses in the Borough include: