A Business Support Service is to be established by Tendring District Council (TDC) as part of its ongoing commitment to nurture growth in the area’s economy.
Proposals to deliver Tendring4Growth (T4G), which sits at the heart of the authority’s new Corporate Plan, was adopted at TDC’s Cabinet meeting today (Friday, 24 January).
It has been set up to act as a catalyst that draws together partners, local businesses and communities to ensure growth is sustained and that it benefits all who live and work in Tendring; and also to be an ethos which puts businesses and growth at the centre of everything the council does.
Cabinet agreed to spend £90,000 to support Tendring4Growth. Of this, £60,000 will come from section 106 money – contributions made by developers to support local economic growth – to commission a three-year Business Support Service.
The other £30,000 will come from the existing Business Investment and Growth budget to fund actions for the coming year: promoting and developing Tendring4Growth externally and internally, continuing the bi-monthly business networking meetings, and the return of Business Week in 2020.
Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, said Tendring4Growth would help ensure the district prospered.
“If existing and new businesses can grow in Tendring then we all benefit as it provides more jobs, more investment and most importantly opportunities for young people and families to flourish in our district,” Cllr Stock said.
“For this reason it is important that we don’t consider business support as one stand-alone service, but an integral part of everything we do, and that is why Tendring4Growth is at the centre of our Corporate Plan and we have endorsed that work today.”
Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, added that Tendring4Growth would help to realise the area’s part in the North Essex Economic Strategy, also backed at the meeting.
“Tendring4Growth has already seen success, in particular with the brilliant Business Week last year, and we need to capitalise on that,” Cllr Newton said.
“Together with the action plan for the coming year, and the longer-term strategy for the whole region, Tendring4Growth will help everyone to succeed.”
Photo caption:From the initial 2018 Tendring4Growth event held in the Houses of Parliament, Cllr Neil Stock OBE addresses the audience. Picture: Nancy Sword/TDC