March 2020


The 2020 Brentwood Business Showcase
Returns on Thursday 9 July

Now in its 5th year, the Brentwood Business Showcase is the borough's largest business networking event. Hosted by Brentwood Borough Council and supported by Gold Sponsor, Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers Lawthe Showcase is a great platform to promote your business and broaden your network. 

We are busily planning a programme of inspirational keynote speakers and informative workshops that ensure you will be ahead of the business game by the end of the day.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this year's Brentwood Business Showcase, please contact Brentwood Borough Council's Economic Development team for more information.

Cashflow Forecasting for Existing Businesses

Date: 24 March
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm 
Venue: Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood CM14 5NF

Hosted by BEST Growth Hub and delivered by Anglia Ruskin University

This FREE workshop focuses on cash flow management and its use as a management tool. This training supports businesses in forecasting and evaluating the impact of changes to their cash flows on their financial performance.

This will enable Essex businesses to prepare for different Brexit scenarios, incorporating the “what if” analysis and stress any proposal to its limits. A well-structured financial model can facilitate and improve the reliability and quality of a firm’s decision making.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

1. Generate Business Forecasts and measure their accuracy
2. Understand and interpret cash flows and learn how to improve them
3. Project the balance sheet and profit and loss account based on cash flows
4. Incorporate risk, optimisation and forecasting into business models
5. Produce meaningful management reports and charts for communication

Cyber Security Training Course


Date: 31 March

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Venue: Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood CM14 5NF

Hosted by BEST Growth Hub and delivered by Anglia Ruskin University

The precise form that Brexit will take remains unclear and the implications for business will vary by size, sector, and the main markets for your specific business.

The structure of this FREE training session will be as follows:
  • A world of experts and criminals
  • The cybersecurity cube
  • Cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and attacks
  • The five nines concept
  • Protecting a cybersecurity domain
Please note delegates will need a laptop with admin rights to attend this workshop.

Spruce Up the High Street

23-27 March

As part of the Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign, Brentwood Borough Council is giving our High Streets a clean from 23-27 March.  We'll be removing fly posting, cleaning and painting street furniture, planting and weeding. 

The Council is looking for a few volunteers to help our Depot staff and Neighbourhood Action Team.  Last year, teams from Tees, the Baytree Centre, Marks & Spencer, Blue Serif and the Brentwood Horticultural Society joined in the tidy up campaign. 

If your business or community group would like to get involved for 2020, email for more information.  

Brentwood Business Briefing & Networking Event


Date: Thursday 30 April

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

Venue: ACL Essex, Bishops Hill, Rayleigh Road, Hutton CM13 1BD 

After the successful launch of the first Brentwood Business Briefing in September 2019, the event returns on Thursday 30 April. Co-hosted by Brentwood Borough CouncilBrentwood Business Partnership and Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, the event features speakers, exhibitors and networking sessions to make new connections. 

The theme for the April briefing will be 'Digital Marketing' with a focus on new innovations and trends to elevate your business's online profile.  Full details will be published in the next few weeks. 


Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers


The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGDRC) is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government, including councils, to apply for Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIV). 

The vouchers can be used to pay for the Centre’s experts to act as consultants to address specific problems or help organisations collect and use data more effectively. DAIVs allow an organisation to receive up to the value of £6000 to work with world-class researchers within the Centre and tap into the collective knowledge of academics working across the Universities of Essex, East Anglia, Kent, and the London School of Economics. 

You can use the voucher to access consultancy from world-class researchers to review your data and improve your analytics, or it can be used to upskill your staff on how to use data to improve services. 

For further information please visit their website.

Lower Thames Crossing 

Supplementary Consultation 2020


The next phase of public consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing has been announced.  The eight-week consultation started on Wednesday 29 January and will end on Wednesday 25 March 2020.  The further consultation will give people the opportunity to look at, and comment on, the changes that have been made to the project's design.

The changes that are being consulted on will be set out in the Guide to Supplementary Consultation, which is available online and in hard copy at events, deposit locations and information points, including Brentwood Library. Responses can be provided using a paper response form, letter, email or using the online response form. There will be 8 public information events and 12 locations visits with their mobile information centre will also be held. 

Business Support & Grants


Brentwood Chamber Events 

March 2020

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has a range of upcoming business networking events organised in March. From monthly business breakfasts to meet the members tours, there is plenty of opportunity to learn, network and grow your business.

Upcoming events include: 

*March Business Breakfast sponsored by Howe Chartered Surveyors (13 March) 

*Training Workshop: Blogging for More Business (20 March) 

*Meet The Members hosted By The Chiropractic Centre (24 March)


 BEST Growth Hub Business Events 

March 2020

BEST Growth Hub will be hosting free business workshops and events taking place across Essex in March. 

Upcoming events include: 

*Finance Options Focusing on Letters of Credit Training (10 March) 
*TALE How Do I Go About Creating A Strategy (18 March) 
*Colchester Business Expo 2020 (19 March) 

BEST Growth Hub also provides free one-to-one business advice to support you in reviewing your business and suggesting ideas for increasing productivity.  

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