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New £2million Business Centre could be coming to Canvey
BUSINESSES in Castle Point could receive a boost as Castle Point Council is looking to cash in on a £500million Government fund.
Fledging businesses in the borough could be given a helping hand as the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership is looking to create a £2.1million Business Enterprise Centre off Northwick Road, Canvey.
The new centre, which would be funded by the Government’s Growing Places Fund, would provide support to start-up and small businesses to help increase economic development in the area.
Business owners would be able to get advice and support on how to expand their organisations and be able to take advantage of shared office spaces and equipment.
Norman Smith, cabinet member for business liaison and economic development, said: “The idea is to help give start up businesses the chance to get off the ground and develop into larger enterprises.
“The centre would help those who may not need big factory-sized spaces, but could benefit largely from shared office spaces and even simple facilities such as photocopying and access to computers.”
The news comes as the council is looking to expand Charfleets Industrial Estate and create 1,700 jobs for Canvey, following the opening of the £18.5million Roscommon Way Extension in January.
The road, which runs adjacent to Charfleets, was built to create better access to the industrial estate in the hope that the site could grow.
Pam Challis, leader of Castle Point Council, said: “The scope for growth on the industrial estate is huge. We really want to encourage that and hopefully this centre will help us achieve that.
"With the creation of the new Roscommon Way extension, the regeneration of the town centre which we are working hard on and the improvements at Charfleets already carried out, our grand plan for Canvey really is mapping out.
“We are also about to carry out a survey assessing just what benefits the new Roscommon road has bought to the area so far, because ultimately we want to make sure we are on the right track to provide more jobs for the borough, and in particular for Canvey Island.”
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which is reviewing applications for the Government funding, has so far backed six provisional schemes totalling £8.7million to create a potential 2,365 jobs in Chelmsford, Harwich, Thurrock and Medway.
Now, plans for a further eight schemes, including the Canvey Enterprise Centre, are in the pipeline with the potential to create another 15,270 jobs in Canvey, Chelmsford, Thurrock, Kent and East Sussex.
The partnership, which comprises of private and public sector organisations, has been allocated around £50million from the fund to support economies in Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Kent, Medway and East Sussex.