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DP World

DP World are the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to create the smartest, most efficient and innovative trade solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.

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Production partners

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London Southend Airport

London Southend is a multi-award winning airport serving London and the East of England. Currently operating flights to favourite European destinations, it has the capacity for more airlines and destinations, with proven demand for over 40 European routes. With its own railway station just 60 metres from the Terminal door, and fast trains to Liverpool Street, it is ideally situated to serve South Essex and the East of London.

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Southend City Council

Southend-on-Sea City Council provides local services to over 180,000 residents of the UK's newest City. Home to the world's longest pleasure Pier and several big name businesses, Southend-on-Sea attracts over 7m visitors a year and is well-known as a popular tourist and cultural destination. The council is also investing in economic growth, with several regeneration schemes creating investment and local jobs.

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Media partners

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DMY has been documenting and supporting the best new artists from London, the UK and around the world via its online magazine for the last 10 years. It encompasses a creative content platform, unique artist services company and brand new creator community. We stand for editorial integrity and great taste in music.

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BBC Essex

The official home of the BBC in Essex.
Where Essex comes to talk.
103.5 & 95.3FM, DAB, Freeview and on BBC Sounds.

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South Essex news, sport, weather, travel and what's on from across Essex, including Southend, Basildon and Castle Point.

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Creative partner

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6rs is an award-winning creative agency based in Southend, offering branding, website design and digital marketing services across a wide range of market sectors. We believe in the power of ideas to elevate brands, empower businesses and inspire people.

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Event partners

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Folded Wing

Southend based Folded Wing has 10+ years' experience of producing award-winning content and events for the BBC, commercial radio, and global brands in addition to running training schemes and events. Their passion for music and giving new talent a platform is evident across the shows, documentaries, and podcasts that they make.

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Essex Chambers of Commerce

As the County’s largest private sector business organisation. Essex Chamber is ‘the voice of business’. With over 700 business Members, Essex Chambers lobbies on business issues at local, county, regional and national level. Our services include business Networking, business Expos, International Trade Documentation and Customs Declarations. Regardless of whether your business is super-sized or super keen, Essex Chambers of Commerce is here to help you make it bigger, brighter, bolder – better !

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Estuary Signs

Suppliers and manufacturers of shop signage, vehicle signage, print and display products.

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Ruark Audio

Ruark Audio is a family-owned British company who have been creating fine audio products since 1985. Music and design is their passion and they work tirelessly to ensure their products enhance their surroundings and sound as good as they look. From stylish radios to integrated music systems to compact active speakers, all Ruark products are developed at their premises in Southend on Sea, Essex, following their obsession of creating timeless products that customers will cherish and enjoy for years to come.

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Education partners

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South Essex College

South Essex College is the largest provider of technical and vocational education and training for 16-18 year olds, adults and apprenticeship provision within Essex. With an annual turnover of approximately £50m, around 1000 apprentices (pre-Covid) and approximately 10,000 students each year from across the south Essex region, the college provides wide-ranging services to employers, other providers and students.

The college was founded in 1899 as an art school and was renamed later as the Junior Day Technical School, then being restructured to include in its teaching commercial and industrial skills. The college became South East Essex College of Arts and Technology in 1991.

In 2004, the college relocated to the centre of Southend, close to main public transport routes and next to the High Street and mainline railway station. The college formally merged with Thurrock and Basildon College on 1 January 2010 and was renamed South Essex College. Since the merger the College has relocated campuses in Basildon and Thurrock to the respective town centres.

The College has also recently merged with PROCAT (Prospects College of Advanced Technology) in Basildon to widen the technical skills offering and with NCCI (National College of Creative Industries) operating from the Backstage Centre in High House Production Park, Purfleet.

The facilities, training and education on offer across South Essex are excellent and cover every aspect of the vocational curriculum.

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University Centre South Essex

South Essex College is formally known as South Essex College of Further and Higher Education. Our degrees and higher education qualifications are awarded by leading institutions, including the University of East Anglia, the University of Arts London, The Open University, Pearson and City & Guilds.

There are over 20 courses on offer allowing students to study locally across South Essex at the Southend or Thurrock Campuses. In addition there are courses available in Purfleet at the Backstage centre in media as well as on the High House production Park in conjunction with the Royal Opera House in costume construction.

The centre has smaller class sizes and more time with tutors than the more traditional HE offer. Students can study courses from Business, Education, Computing, Counselling, Healthcare, Creative Media, Forensics and Criminology, Digital Animation, Early years, Electronics, Sport, Art, Film and TV, Games Design, Performing Arts, Special Education Needs, Design and the costume construction and hair and media make up.

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