CASTLE Point Business Forum is hosting a support event for local companies.

The free event takes place on Thursday at the Oysterfleet Hotel, Canvey, from 7.45am until 10am.

Essex County Council Deputy Leader Kevin Bentley and Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick Alston will speak.

Mr Bentley will outline the challenges faced and how businesses operating within Castle Point and Thames Gateway South Essex may benefit from the recent £1.2bn funding bid submitted to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Alston will detail the challenges faced in tackling business crime and the preventative measures that can be put in place by the local business community.

To book your place, visit http://castlepointforum.event or call 01268 882345.