Key growth in business conference set for next month

Business / Wed 14th Jan 2015 at 01:54pm

ESSEX County Council is organising a major conference to help businesses find funding and to break into new international markets.

Businesses are invited to register for priority booking for the conference, which is the first of its kind in this region.

Experts from the UK and EU will speak about four business-focused 2014-2020 EU funding programmes at the conference.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “We understand that businesses are hungry for growth and are also seeking to break into new international markets.

“This conference will help businesses to find funding and access the support required to make it happen. I am proud that Essex County Council is leading the way and enabling businesses in the region to grow. It’s another demonstration that Essex Means Business.”

The conference is on Thursday 26 February at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford campus, with the option to attend identical morning or afternoon sessions. Each half-day includes an Essex Means Business networking session, which takes the form of a business breakfast in the morning and cocktail reception in the afternoon.

There will be a lunchtime marketplace session available for all delegates.

There will be presentations on the overall EU funding picture, as well as in-depth coverage of the key funding programmes through three interactive EU Funding Unplugged breakout sessions on Business Funding for Growth and Jobs, Opportunities for Big Businesses in Europe and Grants for Dynamic Partnerships.

These sessions will allow delegates to directly interact with the key funding leads and find out more about what the programmes mean for your organisation. Delegates can select to attend a maximum of two EU unplugged workshops giving organisations sending two delegates the opportunity to attend all three sessions should they wish.

For further information or to find out if the conference is suitable for your business, contact the Funding and Investment Team on [email protected].

To register for the conference go to http://projecteurope2015.eventbrite.co.uk. Priority registration is open until Thursday 22 January with general registration starting on Monday 26 January.

Essex County Council is currently running a Essex Means Business campaign. It aims to put Essex firmly on the map as the place to be for innovation, skills and enterprise. Follow the campaign on social media by searching #EssexMeansBusiness.

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