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Brentwood - a great place to do business

The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay delivering her opening speech at the start of the Brentwood Business Showcase

“Brentwood is open for business.” That was the message at the Council’s first ever Brentwood Business Showcase, which took place on Wednesday 2nd November. The Council put together the event, which was sponsored by Wortley Byers Law, as a new arena for Brentwood companies to network, support local trade and champion their businesses as well as promoting the area as a great place to grow, locate and do business.

With more than 400 people in attendance at the event held at Brentwood School, in Middleton Hall Lane, it was the ideal opportunity to raise their business’s profile, visit exhibitors, network with others whilst also making new contacts and sharing ideas.

Attendees listened to a number of inspiring keynote and entrepreneurial speakers and took part in workshops, which covered a variety of topics. From Crossrail’s Surface Delivery Director Matthew White, who spoke about the opportunities that the new rail scheme will bring to the borough to James Sinclair, CEO of The Partyman Group, who entertained the crowd sharing his experience of setting up his business and gave his essential rules of success as an entrepreneur.

Laurie Edmonds, Director of Local By Social Ltd gave invaluable digital media advice whilst demonstrating how easy it is to share your content on social media by live streaming her workshop to her social media followers.

The workshops went down particularly well with seven different sessions on topics ranging from legal advice on the health of your business and social media conflicts in the workplace to security and cyber threats, learning from successful entrepreneurs and how to grow your business.

Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “We were delighted the Brentwood Business Showcase brought hundreds of people together to network, share ideas and learn from each other.

“There were many positive conversations and the feedback we’ve had has been fantastic from both the visitors and the exhibitors who said the potential business and connections they came away with, far exceeded their expectations.

“The wealth of experience and advice shared by the speakers was inspiring and the workshops gave a real insight on how businesses could protect themselves, grow or improve further.

“Brentwood has a thriving and diverse economy and is known for its entrepreneurial culture, so this was a great opportunity to showcase what it has to offer.”

To find out more about the support available to businesses in the Borough please visit our new website for business and tourism

You can see lots of photographs from the Brentwood Business Showcase on Brentwood Borough Council’s Facebook page

James Sinclair, CEO of The Partyman Group sharing his experience of setting up his business and essential rules of success as an entrepreneur

Our event sponsor, Wortley Byers Law exhibition stand

The FSB exhibition stand


Website launched to help tourists and businesses ‘Discover Brentwood’

Councillor Louise McKinlay with Brentwood and Ongar MP, Sir Eric Pickles at the Brentwood Business Showcase where the Discover Brentwood website was launched.

Boosting tourism and supporting our business community are the aims behind Brentwood Borough Council’s new website ‘Discover Brentwood’ that was launched at the Brentwood Business Showcase event on Wednesday 2ndNovember.

The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “The value of tourism to Brentwood is £160 million according to Visit Essex and as impressive as that figure is – any extra tourism we can attract to our Borough will directly benefit our hotels, attractions, parks, retailers and restaurants.

“But the Discover Brentwood website isn’t just for people who are looking to visit – it is also there for residents who want to see ‘What’s On’, find out about the history and heritage of the Borough or the best places to go as a family.

“Not forgetting our business community – the dedicated business section of the website is packed with advice on finding what opportunities are available for training your workforce and apprenticeship schemes along with what business support and funding is available.

“Launching the website is just the start though, next we need to promote it outside of Brentwood, build on its content and we are hoping to hold another tourism event with Visit Essex and our businesses to develop our tourism offer”.

Strategic Tourism Manager at Visit Essex, Lisa Bone, added: “It is great that the Discover Brentwood website has been launched. Brentwood has such a vast tourism offer from heritage, to outdoor experiences to, of course TOWIE, the website has brought it all together to showcase all that the borough has and to inspire visitors to come to the area.”

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