Southend’s new business directory can boost local economy and reduce carbon footprint – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

A new business directory has been developed exclusively for all businesses based in Southend.

The It’s Local Southend business directory is aimed at people who live, work and travel in Southend and the Southend business community and is free to customers and businesses.

Since going live in March, more than 1,250 companies have signed up to be listed, including:

  • 285 wholesalers and retailers
  • 179 legal, accounting and other professional services
  • 146 accommodation and catering providers
  • and many other businesses such as creative, human health, finance, real estate, education, manufacturing, construction, and member services

It’s Local Southend also lists job vacancies, council tender opportunities and commercial properties in Southend. As part of the offer, the directory offers an inclusive business guide to support businesses in the area.

Watch this short video on the council’s YouTube account to learn more about what the directory is and how you can use the free service.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery and Regeneration, said: ‘This initiative is the result of Southend-on-Sea Council listening to local businesses, including the Southend Business Partnership who requested a directory of local businesses. .

“The advantages of buying local are considerable. Directing more council spending towards Southend businesses means more money flows into the local economy, which could create more jobs.

“The directory will also replace the list of local suppliers the council uses to source goods and services and council officers are encouraged to use the new directory where appropriate.”

Cllr Carole Mulroney, Cabinet Member for Environment, Culture, Tourism and Planning, added: “Sourcing products and services from local businesses reduces transport, packaging and pollution. The council is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has set a goal of reaching net zero by 2030 and smarter sourcing from local businesses is just one of many actions needed to reach our goal .”

Businesses not yet registered on the site and those wishing to reach more people and find local suppliers should visit: www.itslocalsouthend.co.uk

Published: March 17, 2022

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