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Braintree District Council distributes funding to support local organisation in Witham

Braintree District Council distributes funding to support local organisation in Witham

Sign on the outskirts of Freebournes Road, Witham
Witham Industrial Watch: Freebournes Road

"The more companies feel supported in their business community, especially as we head into recovery, the better their performance and the better the effect on our local economy.”

Braintree District Council is delighted to pass just over £7,500 to Witham Industrial Watch as part of the government’s scheme to support local organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Witham Industrial Watch has been introducing measures to improve the security and working environment for businesses and employees on Witham’s industrial estates for over 10 years. The non-profit organisation alerts businesses to suspicious activity, installs and maintains CCTV cameras to deter criminals and provides the police with intelligence and footage to investigate crimes. The organisation has also made the business community safer by installing defibrillators and increasing signage to help with the speed and flow of traffic.

Kate Carling, Director at Witham Industrial Watch said: “We're really grateful to the Council for this generous support. As we head into recovery from this difficult time the funding will enable us to continue our work helping businesses in the Business Improvement District area with crime prevention and important health and safety measures.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to support Witham Industrial Watch with their important work. The organisation has a positive impact on the businesses located on our industrial estates because it gives them peace of mind, saves them money and helps them grow. The more companies feel supported in their business community, especially as we head into recovery, the better their performance and the better the effect on our local economy.

Businesses can visit www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out about the other government grant schemes available to local businesses.