Local businesses in Tendring woke up to the smell of coffee last Monday at the launch of the first TENDRING4GROWTH Business Week, organised by Tendring District Council (TDC).
Business Week promised to inspire and support businesses whilst offering excellent networking opportunities.
The region’s top entrepreneur, Scott Russell – founder of Paddy and Scotts Coffee – kicked off proceedings with his inspirational talk ‘Fuelling ambition’, detailing his winning formula on how to become successful in business.
Scott, who started out on his family’s stall at Jaywick Sands market, said: “Essex has so much potential. Entrepreneurs need to have confidence in themselves to create opportunities.
“Be ambitious and brave and create a story for your company which makes people want to do business with you. I am successful because I have invested time, effort and money into making sure people know where their coffee comes from and I work hard to ensure that the farmers and their communities are looked after and benefit from the business’s success.
“Doing good is good for business.”
Businesses from many sectors attended the event, held at Armstrongs in Clacton.
Against the backdrop of one of Tendring’s best assets, the stunning sunny coastline, delegates heard from TDC’s Deputy Leader Councillor Carlo Guglielmi, who said: “I am proud there are so many businesses under one roof here today.
“Let’s ensure we support each other and increase trade in Tendring. One of the council’s priorities is to build on the support we have offered businesses so far.
“The events this week, including the Jobs and Careers Fair on Tuesday demonstrates our ambition to drive confidence in our economy and to play a part in helping the district’s local businesses prosper and grow.”
Other events last week include an energy industry seminar in Dovercourt on Wednesday morning – which was almost full – and a Women in Business networking breakfast on Thursday morning.
Kate Eden, from Eden Digital Dental Lab, said: “It’s been a great event today. We should all shout about businesses in Tendring and do more trade with each other. It’s in our interests to do so.”
Anne-Marie Glading from Fire Down has recently launched her company’s new brand, and added: “I have loved it today. It has been a great way to network and get to know other local businesses.”
Councillor Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said: “We are delighted with the attendance at today’s event and wish to thank Scott Russell for his advice and encouragement to local businesses.
“There’s so much opportunity in Tendring and our priority is to invest in local people and local businesses to ensure our residents are skilled and ahead of the curve, ready to compete on the global stage.
“We have an interesting programme of events this week and I’d strongly encourage business representatives and entrepreneurs to attend our events and to sign up to our regular business bulletin.”
Visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/Tendring4growth to find out more about business week and to sign up to the council’s Business Support Service so you don’t miss out on future networking opportunities as well as free support, advice and guidance.