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The Civic Hall

Blackshots Lane


RM16 2JU

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The 8th Thurrock Business Conference is your opportunity to discover the free support available to small and medium sized businesses across Thurrock. You'll get all the updates from the Regeneration team at Thurrock Council, detailing the progression of the growth hubs and the changes to come to Thurrock over the next year.

Book your place to attend today to network with some of the business support providers that will be present at the conference & maximise your businesses potential by speaking with representatives of the many grant funding schemes available to businesses in the South East!

This event is fully funded & FREE to attend for all delegates. A complimentary breakfast will also be provided, consisting of tea & coffee, breakfast rolls, and fresh fruit.

Limited parking will be available at the venue, however this will be on a first come first served basis.

Guest Speaker

Be inspired by the powerful story of tsunami survivor Andy Chaggar, our guest speaker for the conference. In 2004 Andy Chaggar lost his partner, and almost his life, when the tsunami slammed into Thailand. The disaster changed his life forever.

At this conference Andy shares with us how his fight for life inspired him to co-found the new charity International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) and raise nearly £1 million that has helped over 23,000 fellow disaster survivors in five countries, including Thailand where he first returned to volunteer after the tsunami.

After volunteering again in Peru after an earthquake, Andy Chaggar went on to co-found a new charity called International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) in 2008. Through IDV, and his earlier volunteering, Andy has also inspired and helped empower thousands of other people to volunteer their time, energy and skills to help disaster survivors.

Andy's work with IDV isn't motivated by profit, but starting-up a new charity from scratch required an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to make further personal sacrifices in pursuit of his goals.

During his talk Andy describes his journey from survivor to CEO. Along the way he speaks honestly and openly about the highs and lows, both personal and professional, and about the opportunities and challenges still to be faced.

Business Support Market

The BEST Growth Hub will be on hand to give business advice, as well as taking referral details to provide FREE support that is available to all small and medium sized businesses across the South East.

To provide additional information on alternative sources of business support, we have invited the below market stall holders:

Open Networking

Most businesses that attend our event feel like it is a great opportunity to network with those they rarely get to see, they also feel that they do not have enough time to work the whole room.

Therefore, we have arranged an hour long open networking session after the presentations and Q&A session have finished.

This session is dedicated to maximising the networking potential of the conference.


07:30 - Delegates will arrive at the Civic Hall for registration & refreshments (30 mins)

08:00 - Conference opening speeches & presentations (60 mins)

Please see speaker list below

09:00 - Q & A Session (10 mins)

09:10 - Open Networking & Business Market session until 10:00 (60 mins)

10:10 - Event Close


Chair - [To be announced soon]

Welcome - [To be announced soon]

Introduction - Lyn Carpenter, Chief Executive of Thurrock Council

Regeneration Update - [To be announced soon]

Guest Speaker - Andy Chaggar - Survivor, Volunteer, CEO & Inspirational Speaker

Book your place to attend now!

(Please note that agenda items & timings, market stall holders, as well as speakers are subject to change)

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