The Port of Tilbury hosted a special event to share the latest news and funding opportunities available to SMEs

Tilbury Transport & Logistics was held on 26 March:

Surprise of the day: the wider range of companies using TALE funding grants, this included testimonials from Swiftclean - a hygiene and safety business, and Return Loads - a freight exchange platform, and extended across a large number of sectors including haulage, manufacturing and maintenance.  "Wider" was the description used as at first glance TALE appears to only target freight transport but the logistics function is vital to operations across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Companies were surveyed using Mentimeter to provide instant feedback on how they use Data to help make business decisions:

Key speakers included Prof. Vania Sena EBS/University of Essex, who examined 'Unknown Unknowns' - looking at defensive and offensive data strategies, and finding the right balance across operations.  The taster session covered compliance & standards as well as revenue generation and profitability.

Dr. Janice Pittis, ERDF Partnerships Lead revealed a large number of free reports available to companies, as part of Open Data that the government and other organisations provide to benefit business analysis.

Attention To Logistics, the training programme and bursary scheme created to focus on ex-servicemen was profiled by Lucy Emma Harris, specifically working to increase employment in the logistics business.

Delegates were also able to participate in a networking and marketplace session, with pop-up stands and representation provided by BEST Growth Hub, the University of Essex, Road Haulage Association and Federation of Small Businesses.

TALE wishes to extend grateful thanks to the Port of Tilbury for hosting the showcase at the Tilbury Riverside Arts Activity Centre, as well as all those who attended and supported the event, including Thurrock, Basildon and Southend Councils.