The Tendring Business Leaders Association (TBLA), founded and hosted by Clacton and Colchester-based businesses, Thompson Smith and Puxon Solicitors and Jamesons Accountants, met for lunch today (Thursday 21 July 2016) at the Lifehouse Hotel and Spa in Thorpe-le-Soken.

The speaker at today’s lunch was George Kieffer, Visit Essex Chairman, Vice Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership. George spoke about a range of topics affecting local enterprise including the A120 and A12 corridor development campaign, which is supported by the Haven Gateway Partnership. He also promoted relations between local business and the University of Essex, in particular referencing the Blue Abyss project, which plans to build the world’s largest and deepest research pool, which will hopefully be located on the University campus. He spoke about the positive effect that this type of collaborative project could have on local businesses and promised to keep TBLA guests informed about any events that it might be useful for businesses to attend or opportunities that arise.

BREXIT was also a hot topic of discussion. George said that central Government is very keen to hear about any impact that BREXIT was having on local business, both positive and negative, and asked the businesses in attendance to feedback to him regarding how it has affected them, so that this information could be passed on in a co-ordinated way.

The group enjoyed an excellent meal provided by the Lifehouse and following lunch Thompson Smith and Puxon Senior Partner Mary Anne Fedeyko closed the meeting and thanked George Kieffer for speaking. For more information about the Tendring Business Leaders Association please contact either Nicola Crisell, or Christine Brown,