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News and views on the 3 Chambers, business news both local and national, plus a selection of useful advice and articles to boost your business knowledge.

The Council’s Asset Delivery Programme, is making headway

September 20, 2020

The Council’s Asset Delivery Programme, which will regenerate Council owned sites in the district is making headway, with a report now available to view.

BEST Big Business Briefing II, 30th September

September 15, 2020

It is with great pleasure BEST Growth Hub announce the date of their BEST Big Business Briefing II on Wednesday 30th September 2020 at 2 - 4 pm. The aim of this 2 hour virtual meeting is to help businesses fully understand the full range of support available to them during these ever evolving unprecedented times.

Rochford District welcomes you back to our town centres

June 18, 2020

A new ‘We Are Back’ campaign has been launched in the Rochford district to welcome shoppers back to our town centres from Monday 15 June, when the government eases COVID-19 restrictions. 

New discretionary grants available for local businesses not previously covered by earlier schemes

May 31, 2020

Working from home doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the members of your team, it just means working well together in a different way.

How to maintain a team while people are working from home

May 02, 2020

Working from home doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the members of your team, it just means working well together in a different way.

Brexit advice and help

October 29, 2019

Brexit news continues to dominate the headlines and will continue to do so as we get ever closer to the date of the UK's departure from the European Union (EU). But what will a deal or no deal Brexit mean for businesses?

Hockley Christmas Lights Switch-on - Nov 30th

October 28, 2019

Join Hockley Parish Council on Saturday November 30th for the annual switch on of the Christmas lights. Spa Road, Hockley 3pm - 6pm. 

Rochford District Business Breakfast - Nov 6th

October 06, 2019

Hear the latest news and have an opportunity to network with other local businesses. Plus exhibitors offering FREE business support.

Basildon Business Expo

August 18, 2019

The business event, delivered in partnership with Essex of Chambers of Commerce, returns for its third year on Thursday October 24.

South Essex Construction Training Academy (SECTA)

August 18, 2019

Working with construction companies and partners, SECTA aim to respond to the needs of the industry to address skills and labour shortages...

Have you heard about the new T Levels. Could this upskill your business?

July 30, 2019

'T' Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a work force of work ready students, with the relevant skills to help strengthen and grow your business.

Council introduces charging points for electric vehicles

July 14, 2020

Environmentally conscious Rochford District Council is delighted to introduce nine electric vehicle charging points, which are to be installed from Monday 15 July, at various car parks throughout the district.

Council celebrates decision to keep all the district’s libraries open

July 08, 2019

Rochford District Council today has welcomed news that all its libraries are to remain open after a decision was made by Essex County Council to keep the community resource a priority.

Defibrillator (AED) located at the newly refurbished toilets on Crown Hill

May 28, 2019

A defibrillator has been installed on the newly refurbished toilets at the top of Crown Hill. A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

Landmark pub to be transformed into ‘community hub’

April 10, 2019

Rochford has been selected as one of just five town centres in the country to launch a new ‘community hub’ scheme. This will be an opportunity for the Council, working in partnership with a developer, to revitalise a popular local landmark in the town centre.

This time next year, digital VAT Returns will become mandatory

April 08, 2019

The regulations are now in force for VAT returns as part of the Making Tax Digital initiative. Is your business ready?

Procurement and Contracts

March 22, 2019

Southend Borough Council is developing its list of local suppliers, which the Council can then use to request quotes up to the value of £25,000. If you fall within one of the relevant categories...

Start accepting cards with a new offer from Square and Rochford District Council

March 05, 2019

If you run a business based in the area, you can get a free Square Reader and Dock worth £58+VAT, as well as £1,000 in fee-free card processing so you can try taking card payments completely free of charge.

Local businesses urged to grasp multi-million-pound nuclear supply chain opportunity

January 14, 2019

Businesses in Essex and Suffolk are being encouraged to bid for £500 million worth of contracts as part of the development of Hinkley Point C...

Rochford District Budget Survey 2019/20 – Have your say

January 11, 2019

If you're a local resident or business, there are just THREE days left to take part in the RDC Budget Survey, which closes on Sunday 13 January.

Councillors to discuss plan to re-develop Rochford District Council’s key assets later this month.

January 11, 2019

An innovative programme which seeks to re-develop Rochford District Council’s key assets will be discussed by Councillors this month. The proposals, to be considered by the Council’s Investment Board on January 16, anticipate a reduction of future costs in excess of £300,000 a year through the regeneration of six of its strategic sites...

BEST Growth Hub Business Showcase 7/2/19

January 08, 2019

Back for a third year and building on last year's success, the BEST Growth Hub Show is back at Chelmsford’s prestigious Hylands House on February 7th 2019. For more information and to register for this FREE event...


December 11, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when shops and pubs dress their windows with Christmas trees, baubles and plenty of tinsel.
Rochford District Council is urging everyone to take photographs of these elaborate displays and...

Microbusiness - organise your finances

December 03, 2018

Going into business for yourself is a big deal. Properly managing and organising your small-business finances can contribute to the success of your business and make sure you’re hitting your profit goals...

Sharon Davies Thanksgiving

November 08, 2018

Sharon Davies, wife of Mike Davies the Chairman of Rayleigh Town Museum sadly passed away on 29th September, her Thanksgiving Service was held on Monday 5th November.

Report finds debt levels soaring among the UK’s self-employed

October 31, 2018

Debt is a pressing concern among the UK’s self-employed, who now make up 15% of the country’s total employed population.

How can your business stay secure online?

September 23, 2018

Many small businesses fail to take notice of their online security practices, blindly assuming that the worst will not happen to them. However, with almost half of UK businesses having experienced a cyber-attack or breach over the last 12 months, the threat of cyber-crime is, unfortunately, ever-present.

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