Southend Business Partnership meeting will take place at Genting Westcliffe Casino


The Genting Casino Westcliffe in Southend will be the venue for the Southend Business Partnership networking meeting. The setting for the meeting is the magnificent backdrop of the Thames Estuary. It is fitting that the meeting be held in this upscale leisure venue, as the theme of the meeting is the positive developments around the hospitality and leisure industries and the opportunities that city status brings to the region.

The meeting was originally scheduled for March but was rearranged for April due to the recent granting of town status to Southend-on-Sea. Registration is open for tickets to the event which will now take place on April 21st. Organizers say people who registered for the original event don’t need to re-register.

Southend Business Partnership encourages all businesses and stakeholders to attend these meetings. They say they are a great opportunity for local businesses to meet, gather information and network with each other. They also give businesses the opportunity to voice their thoughts on what they think Southend needs to do to enable businesses to recover and thrive.

The event is divided into two parts. The first is a networking event with a marketplace for local businesses and the council to showcase their products and services. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. with refreshments available. The networking portion of the meeting continues until 8:30 am. From 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. there will be an SBP briefing with guest speakers. Guest speakers include Tim Deacon who is director of Turnstone Estates and he will speak on the development of the sea lanes. Mike Gray, Managing Director of Dedman Gray will speak about the Airport Business Park. A speaker on the Town2City partnership has yet to be confirmed.

Confirmed exhibitors so far include:

  • Southend Business Directory
  • Colbea – which is a fully funded business start-up program
  • South-on-Sea Town Hall Skills Team:

Pave – helps those over 25 get back to work

Halo – aims to help people who are looking to work for a local care provider.

ABSS – helping families in Southend with young children

Secta – training people for the construction industry

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Southend Adult Community College
  • The public health team
  • Indirock – a new bouldering outlet in Southend-on-Sea
  • The Hospice of Le Havre

Southend-on-Sea was granted city status on March 1st 2022. The news that this would happen came in October 2021 after the death of Tory MP David Amess. On hearing the announcement, Councilor Tony Cox, leader of the Southend Conservative Group, said: “Hearing the announcement today that Southend-on-Sea will be granted city status was a moving but incredible moment. Sir David, your legacy will live on forever in Southend-on-Sea. The granting of city status was made in memoriam to the popular parliamentarian.

The Westcliffe Genting in Southend is one of 32 casinos the company operates in the UK. It is a global operator that has land-based casinos all over the world, including Las Vegas, New York, Malaysia, Egypt, and the Bahamas. They have over 50 years of casino experience. Genting has become a major player in the online gaming and betting market. From home and on mobile, it is possible to take full advantage of the Casino experience, from live casino to online slots and table games. Players can find the best free spins with new online casino games being added to their catalog all the time.

The Southend Business Partnership describes itself as the best growth hub whose aim is to help business owners on the path to growth and prosperity. They say they can help businesses no matter what stage they are at. They welcome contacts from any business that needs help with planning, funding, networking, scaling, start-up, and even before start-up. They help businesses with apprenticeship and employment programs. SBP employs a team of Business Navigators to help local operators find the right support for the business, whether it’s growth, problem solving or adapting to current challenges.


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