March 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A Rural Business Event took place on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at Writtle College. It was held to discuss development plans for the Maldon area and was jointly sponsored by the Maldon District Council, Writtle College partnership and Magnox South.

The event served to open up the communication between the rural business sector of the District with partnership organisations. Communication with the District’s rural businesses has highlighted opportunities for activities which may better meet the needs of this sector. Discussion around four key areas, Farm Diversification, Tourism, Local Food and Produce and Environmental Schemes, will enable a detailed gap analysis to attempt to bridge the gaps.

Each one of these areas individually are important growth areas for the development of rural economic potential, but they are also highly connected as one area can inevitably influence another. Each of the themes are important opportunity areas, which have required vital input from the people that are at the heart of the rural sector of our District, the farmers, landowners and rural businesses, together with local tourism provisions.

The partnership between Maldon District Council and Writtle College, who are well placed nationally and internationally in terms of rural sector knowledge, will seek to identify the necessary steps required to address the gaps in our understanding of the needs and the actions essential to improve the performance of the Districts rural sector. The Maldon District has great potential for sustainable economic growth of local rural businesses

A winner from the ‘Maldon District Survey 2009’ was also drawn at the event by the Chairman of Maldon District Council, Councillor Mrs Sheila Young. The winner was Mr R Burton, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. His prize was a complimentary stay in Maldon’s 4 star hotel Five Lakes Hotel, Gold, Country Club and Spa - One night accommodation, three course dinner and full English breakfast in the Brasserie, £20 towards a spa treatment or a round of golf and complimentary use of the leisure facilities inc swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room and gym.

Pictured - Prize draw with Jenny Lewsey (Economic Development Officer, Maldon District Council) and Councillor Mrs Sheila Young