James Duddridge, Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East, has asked the Secretary of State for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy about the support which is available to companies in coastal towns such as Southend.
During the oral questions to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today James asked the Minister of State,
"What are the specific programmes available for coastal businesses in towns such as Southend-on-Sea that not only benefit hospitality business along the seafront but retail businesses on the high-street."
The Minister of State, Kelly Tolhurst MP responded,,
"I would like to thank my Honourable friend for his question, I know what a champion he is, particularly for that industry, in his constituency."
"The Coastal Communities Fund support jobs and growth in coastal towns. Projects are forecast to delver 18,000 jobs and £363 million in new visitor spending benefiting local businesses along seafronts and coastal towns."
"In England the local Enterprise Growth Hubs in coastal areas also provide local business support and advice.
"Retail and hospitality businesses in coastal areas also benefit from national programmes such as the business rate relief, Business Improvement District and Business Support Helpline."