Southend Business Partnership Meeting to Take Place at Genting Westcliffe Casino


The Genting Casino Westcliffe in Southend is to be the venue for Southend Business Partnership’s networking meeting. The setting for the meeting is the beautiful backdrop of the Thames Estuary where amongst discussion will be the idea of non GamStop casino. It is fitting that the meeting will be held at this top-end leisure venue as the theme for the meeting is the positive developments around the hospitality and leisure industries and the opportunities that city status brings to the area. 

The meeting was originally scheduled for March but has been rearranged for April because of the recent granting of City Status to Southend-on-Sea. Registration is open for tickets for the event that will now take place on April 21st. Organisers say that people who registered for the initial event do not need to re-register. 

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

The event is broken into two parts. The first is a networking event with a marketplace for local businesses and the council to exhibit their products and services. Registration is from 7.30 am with refreshments available. The networking part of the meeting continues until 8.30 am. From 8.30 am – 10 am there will be a SBP briefing with guest speakers. The invited speakers include Tim Deacon who is Director of Turnstone Estates and he will be speaking on the Seaways Development. Mike Gray, Managing Director of Dedman Gray will be talking about the Airport Business Park. A speaker on the Town2City Partnership is yet to be confirmed.

So far, confirmed exhibitors include:


  • Southend Business Directory
  • Colbea – which is a fully-funded business start-up programme
  • South-on-Sea City Council skills team:

Pave – helps the over 25’s back to work

Halo – is focused on helping people who are looking to work for a local care provider.

ABSS – helping Southend’s families with young children

Secta – training people for the construction industry

  • Department of Work and Pension
  • Southend Adult Community College
  • The Public Health Team
  • Indirock – a new bouldering outlet in Southend-on-Sea
  • Haven’s Hospice

Southend-on-Sea achieved city status on March 1st 2022. The news that this would happen was announced in October 2021 after the death of Conservative MP David Amess. On hearing the announcement Councillor Tony Cox, leader of the Southend Conservative Group said “To hear the announcement today that Southend-on-Sea will be granted City Status was an emotional but incredible moment. Sir David, your legacy will forever live on in Southend-on-Sea.” The granting of City Status was done in memoriam to the popular parliamentarian. 

The Westcliffe Genting in Southend is one of 32 casinos that the company operates in the UK. They are a global operator who 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 gambling market. From home and on mobile it is possible to get the full 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 catalogue all the time. 

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

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