News & Events

Butchers is the 100th business to sign up

A traditional Butcher's Shop in Epping High Street is the 100th business to sign up for the One Shops Local Scheme and says used properly it will help bring him more customers - read more ......


Feb 2012 - One Epping Forest Stakeholder Conference praised by FSB

Click here to read the review from Essex FSB of the recent One Epping Forest Stakeholder Conference

One Shops Local

ONE SHOPS LOCAL LAUNCH PRAISED BY ESSEX FSB 

 

Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has congratulated Epping Forest District Council and One Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership for the launch this week of a new scheme aimed at helping local businesses work together.

Essex FSB representative for Epping Forest, Tina Dulieu, said: “OneShopsLocal launched this week and is already proving popular with around 40 businesses now signed up to offer promotions to local shoppers.

“The aim of One Shops Local is to help support and promote local independent traders in our district, help shoppers access the full range of services available from our high streets and elsewhere and help local shops or other businesses offer discounts/incentives, if they wish, to those using the One Shops local website.

“Similar schemes in Rochford and Maldon districts have been very successful and Essex FSB believes this scheme for Epping Forest can be equally successful which is why we are encouraging our member businesses to sign up for free by going to www.oneshopslocal.com.

“Shoppers and businesses will be able to discover the latest offers available to help cut the cost of their shopping while at the same time reducing fuel costs by using local businesses.

“Epping Forest District Council and One Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership have worked closely with Essex FSB and Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce to get the scheme up and running and are to be thanked for funding the scheme.

“That investment is a clear commitment by the public sector in Epping Forest to supporting local businesses and at a time when finances are very tight is very much welcomed.”

The FSB represents more than 200,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The South West Essex Branch of the FSB represents the interest of small businesses in the following postcode areas - CM13 to CM16, SS17, RM1 to RM20, and IG1 to IG11 – which includes Brentwood, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Thurrock Councils.

 

EPPING FOREST TAKES ONE BIG STEP TO SUPPORT LOCAL TRADING

  

On Tuesday 29 November at 6.00pm at Epping Forest College in Loughton, the business launch of a new initiative to support local independent traders will take place.

The One Shops Local website www.oneshopslocal.com has been developed by One Epping Forest, the local strategic partnership to support local traders in challenging economic times.

The site’s development has been led by a small team, including Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. It provides information on the wealth of shops and other traders operating locally and provides a means of offering discounts to local shoppers.The site has been built by the partnership with financial support from Epping Forest District Council and will be administered by Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce

This initiative follows a similar successful scheme operated in Rochford and the first tranche of local businesses has already signed up to the free scheme, which allows them to make offers available to potential customers to attract them to their business. As part of the scheme, posters and small cards will be produced advertising the scheme.

Councillor Gagan Mohindra the One Epping Forest Business Champion said:  “A strong local economy is vital to the health of our district. It creates the jobs and opportunities that make Epping Forest a great place to live. Right now we have a big problem. People living in our district spend most of their money outside it. The Shop Local campaign supported by local business and council leaders aims to reverse that trend. We have already taken positive action to encourage local business and wealth creation. The Shop Local website is the next key step towards developing a bigger, better local economy.” 

John Price Chairman of the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce said:  “We asked the LSP (Local Strategic Partnership) for support and they listened, One Shops Local is a real collaboration. This initiative is about everyone doing their bit. The council and the other partners cannot and should not be solely responsible for making Epping Forest a great place to trade and shop, traders themselves must take responsibility. The new initiative is based on this ethos. The site is built in consultation with business and it looks great and works well but now we have to step up to the plate, support the initiative by joining, offering discounts and publicising it. The Chamber is very happy to show its commitment by being the body which will take the lead in administering it with the support of our partners.”

Essex FSB Development Manager Keith Brown said:  “It’s hard out there for small businesses and independent traders but Epping Forest has a great story to tell in terms of the wealth of high-quality local stores and services on offer.

“We want to keep all of our shopping centres, including Debden, Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Abbey, Epping, Loughton, North Weald, Ongar and Theydon Bois, vibrant and diverse by stepping up to meet those new challenges, the site gives local traders the tools to do the job. With the support of all of us it will hopefully grow and grow and become a cornerstone of commerce in our district in years to come.”

 

Business Briefing Event

Epping Forest College in Loughton on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

Essex FSB representative for Epping Forest, Tina Dulieu, said: “On Tuesday 23 November 2011 a special Business Briefing is taking place from 6.00pm until 8.30pm which will provide businesses in the Epping Forest district with:

  • Information from Essex County Council Trading Standards about the Buy With Confidence scheme
  • The launch of the One Shops Local website which will encourage people to do business with businesses based in the Epping Forest district
  • The opportunity to join the One Shops Local scheme free of charge on the night
  • An update on the business support services being made available in the Epping Forest district when Business Link East closes on Friday 25 November 2011
  • Details of initiatives being taken to boost Christmas trade in town centres across the Epping Forest district
  • The chance of network with fellow local business people while enjoying a buffet supper

“The event is being hosted by Epping Forest College and organised by a partnership including One Epping Forest, Epping Forest District Council, Essex FSB and Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce.

“We  hope as many local business people as possible will book in for this event which is free to attend, but people do need to book at http://eppingretailers291111.eventbrite.co.uk/ for catering purposes.”

The FSB represents more than 200,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The South West Essex Branch of the FSB represents the interest of small businesses in the following postcode areas - CM13 to CM16, SS17, RM1 to RM20, and IG1 to IG11 – which includes Brentwood, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Thurrock Councils.

West Essex Primary Prize

On Wednesday 6 July the West Essex Partnership (WEP) marked the hard work and achievements of children at primary schools across the Epping Forest District.

Click here to read the full press release


To see some photographs from the event click here

Cable Theft

Cable theft is a major problem for the rail industry, as for many other industries, including power and communications providers. It is one of BTP’s biggest challenges at this time, because of the widespread damage and disruption it causes. 
Over the last three years, cable theft has cost the rail industry £43 million and caused misery to passengers by delaying trains for a total of more than 16,000 hours. It has also left communities without power, telephone and broadband communications.
With metal prices on world markets soaring, it is not a problem that is likely to go away.
Cable theft describes a range of activity from the “cottage industry” end of the spectrum, in which small amounts of cable are stolen, to serious organised crime.
As well as thefts from depots, criminals are increasingly willing to risk their lives to steal live lineside cable, and it is this type of theft the causes the majority of disruption.
Although they risk their own safety, cable theft is generally not a safety issue for the railways as signals default to red if interfered with.

You can help protect your community from the effects of cable and metal theft. If you have information about cable theft on the railway, please let us know by calling Freefone 0800 405040 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Click here to view a leaflet from the British Transport Police

Stakeholder Conference - 2011

The latest One Epping Forest Stakeholder Conference was hosted by Epping Forest College on Fri 4 Feb.

The ‘Big Society’ formed the central theme when Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave the keynote speech to delegates.

For full story and pictures, click here

The Conference Report is available as a PDF. You can read the report by clicking here.

One Epping Forest Stakeholder Conference praised by Essex FSB

Click here to read the review from Essex FSB of the recent One Epping Forest Stakeholder Conference

Businesses must be freed from red tape to support Big Society, Minister tells Essex FSB

To read this article, click here

Partnership Briefing

Partnership Briefing is produced by One Epping Forest to keep partnership members and stakeholders up to date with key decisions and the general work of the partnership.

Editions of Partnership Briefing are available for download:

Partnership Briefing - Edition No: 001 June 2009
Partnership Briefing - Edition No: 002 October 2009

Partnership Briefing - Edition No: 003 February 2010
Partnership Briefing - Edition No: 004 May 2010
Partnership Briefing - Edition No: 005 April 2011

Press Releases

Press releases relating to One Epping Forest activity are available as downloads in PDF format. Please select a press release from the list below.

Local Partnership Meetings Go Live
Draft Community Strategy
West Essex Primary Prize Awards
Future Jobs Fund Proves a Great Success and Wins Regional Award

Artability at Voluntary Action Epping Forest

Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) recently hosted a Volunteers event at the Theydon Bois Village Hall. The event was a celebration of the work of VAEF volunteers. It had a mardi gras theme with entertainment provided by members of the Artability project. This project is run by VAEF and is funded through One Epping Forest from Performance Reward Grant (PRG) funds. It provides the opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to participate in arts activities such as singing.

You can see the video of the Artability performance below.

Review of the Year 2009 - 10

A report setting out the main achievements of the Local Strategic Partnership for Epping Forest over the last twelve months. Click here to read the report.

Highlights from the recent community consultation

What do residents think of the district?

Local residents were asked to give their views on the district and services provided. See and hear what they said on this video.

Stakeholder Conference - 2009

The One Epping Forest stakeholder conference was held on 11 Dec 2009 at Theydon Bois Village Hall. Read more about the event here

Conference Report

The Conference Report is available as a PDF. You can read the report by clicking here

 

News from the Chairman

The One Epping Forest Chairman issues a periodic update of the latest news and developments from the Partnership. These updates are available for download:

News Update - March 2009
News Update - June 2009
News Update - September 2009
News Update - February 2010
News Update - May 2010
News Update - July 2010


Other News

Prize Surprise for Epping Resident

Steven Demetriou knows a thing or two about the Epping Forest District. He has lived in Epping for 30 years and is now £100 in vouchers better off. Click here for more ......

West Essex Organisations successfully bid for Government's Future Jobs Fund

Almost 160 local young people will get new jobs, training and work experience after a successful bid to the Government's Future Jobs Fund by West Essex organisations.

The West Essex Partnership (encompassing the Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnerships) has been awarded just over £1million to assist young people who have been unemployed for approaching a year.

The bid was led by Harlow Council but the jobs and training places will be spread between dozens of local public sector and social enterprise organisations including Harlow Council, Harlow District Chamber of Commerce, Kier Harlow, Harlow Welfare Rights and Advice, Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest College, Uttlesford District Council, Organic Countryside and Walden Local Food.

The project will run until March 2011 and the posts will be of six month duration. These posts will be offered in two stages (79 jobs per stage) and aimed at 18-24 year olds who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for approaching 12 months and other long term unemployed people. All of the jobs will pay at least the minimum wage and none of the new jobs are replacing existing roles or vacancies. All applicants will initially be referred to the scheme from JobcentrePlus and will need to go through a recruitment and selection process for the jobs.

The scheme will be managed by Employ-Ability and during the course of the job the young people will receive support to help them improve their future job prospects. All of the employees will have a guaranteed offer to work for a NVQ level 2 in customer services or equivalent and they will be offered other workplace training and help with preparing a CV.

Leader of Harlow Council Cllr Andrew Johnson said:

"We are delighted with this funding - the jobs could not have been created without it and during this difficult time it is young people that have suffered worst from the lack of employment opportunities. All of the posts are in environmental or social enterprise environments and will be supported with training to help the young people gain permanent work once the six month period comes to an end."

In a statement, the three Chairs of the Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnerships - Jackie Sully, Howard Rolfe and Diana Collins said:

"This project is all about giving young unemployed people from our area a better chance to get into local employment through a quality local programme put together by the three local partnerships coordinating their activities across West Essex. Hopefully these posts will give our young people the skills, experience and confidence they need to get into permanent employment. It will bring over £1 million of additional funding into our local economies at a time of increased need. Importantly it will also provide additional support to a network of local agencies and voluntary groups who are part of the scheme, to enable them to meet increased demands on their services."

It is envisaged the first of the new roles will commence in January 2010.


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