Over the past month, hundreds of people have shared their views on what makes South Essex distinct and what they hope the region can achieve in the future, but we need more Southend businesses to share their views and to help shape the future.

Launched last month, the YourSaySE2050 website and SE2050 Survey aim to facilitate a conversation about the long-term future for the South Essex region in 2050. Through these tools, the six Local Authorities – Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Essex County Council – are inviting residents, businesses and voluntary sector organisations to share your views on what’s important and your aspirations for the future of South Essex.

Southend on Sea Borough Council and Southend Business Partnership want to ensure the voice of Southend businesses is represented within this important piece of work that will have a lasting impact on the South Essex region. We would therefore encourage you to take part in this short survey to “Have your say”.

We want to hear from all corners of South Essex; our towns, villages, rural and coastal areas. We want to hear different perspectives: young and old, from those who have just moved to the region to people that have lived here all their lives.

We want to hear your views on South Essex as a place to live, to work, to visit, to run a business. We want to explore how South Essex might change over the next 30 years. What South Essex could achieve if we work together.

Help us focus efforts and direct investment towards the things that matter most. Join the conversation today. Visit

Juliana Hodel