KEY members from the local offices of Tees, a Legal 500 top tier law firm, and multiple award-winning estate agency Beresfords, signed an agreement to sponsor the Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP) at a ceremony at Brentwood Town Hall.
It was attended by Brentwood Borough Council Leader, Cllr Chris Hossack. Both Beresfords, which has been a staple of the Brentwood business community since 1981, and Tees, which has an equally strong history and presence in the local area through its merger with Brentwood-based Wortley Byers in January 2019, were delighted to commit to the deal.
BBP is a partnership between Brentwood-based businesses, local business organisations and Brentwood Borough Council. Its main aims are to boost awareness of Brentwood as a thriving business environment, increase footfall and encourage local spend, as well as sponsor events and projects to attract more business to the town.
With the aim of furthering the above goals, Tees (www.teeslaw.com) and Beresfords will donate a total of £15,000 to BBP as lead sponsors. The two firms will also give their time and inspiration to the running and sponsorship of additional local public events that will aim to increase footfall and drive interest in local businesses; a boutique marketplace in the town centre and an outdoor theatre event are both ideas currently being explored. In addition, Tees and Beresfords will be entitled to a representative seat on the BBP board and the Executive Committee.
Anne Elliss, Sarah O’Sullivan and Helen Arran from Tees were in attendance at the signing ceremony, as well as Paul Beresford and Nicki Treffers from Beresfords, Mike Hawkins from BBP and Cllr Chris Hossack from Brentwood Borough Council.
Speaking after the ceremony, Anne Elliss, Head of Tees’ Brentwood office, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Tees to really get involved with and support what is clearly a thriving business community here in Brentwood. It is the lifeblood of this town and we are delighted to be contributing to its growth and development.”
Beresfords CEO, Paul Beresford, added: “We’ve been established in Brentwood for nearly 40 years, and in the County as a whole over 50 years. We have watched proudly as the business environment has flourished. It’s been a wonderful place to do business over the years, and it’s our absolute pleasure to be doing our bit to contribute towards the town’s prosperity – we can’t wait to get involved!”
BBP Chair Mike Hawkins confessed himself extremely pleased at the sponsorship agreement, commenting: “I am delighted that Tees and Beresfords have made the decision to invest so generously in our partnership. The money will be instrumental in helping to achieve BBP’s objectives and increasing prosperity and growth throughout the borough – our heartfelt thanks goes to both firms.”
Photo caption (L-R): Alan Jefcoate, Vice Chair, Brentwood Business Partnership; Cllr Chris Hossack, Leader, Brentwood Borough Council; Nicki Treffers, Director of Marketing and New Business, Beresfords; Paul Beresford, CEO, Beresfords; Anne Ellis, Partner, Tees; Colin Barber, Chair, Brentwood Chamber; Helen Arran, Business Development Lead, Tees; Jonathan Stephenson, Chief Executive, Brentwood Borough Council; Sarah O’Sullivan, Tees; Mike Hawkins, Chair, Brentwood Business Partnership.