Encouraging innovation to promote economic growth

Adrian Gayler, David Rooke and Cllr Tony Ball posing outside COCO lighting officesEssex is home to a vast array of business innovation, and I’ve taken upon myself to find out how Essex County Council can further support small to medium enterprises in the county.

I visited COCO Lighting of Braintree, a firm specialising in all forms of lighting conversions.

Recently the company has introduced the world’s first antimicrobial lighting, containing BioCote technology – a unique feature making it an ideal solution for hospitals, care homes and high-dependency units where hygiene is of paramount importance.

This is a brilliant idea, a true indication of the great innovative spirit we have here in Essex.

I also visited Davina Steel’s bakery in Halstead, a producer of award-winning gluten-free baking kits and mixes.

This company has taken huge strides in 2019, moving into a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free commercial bakery, and it is now supplying Ocado.

These companies have been able to thrive with support and expertise provided by Invest ESSEX, an inward investment agency and specialist business support provider.

In partnership with Essex County Council, Invest ESSEX has been working closely with more than 200 businesses in the county, to assist with their growth and development.

Essex County Council wants our county to attract and grow firms in high growth industries and from what I’ve seen this week, our strategy is really taking off.


Picture Caption: L-R, Adrian Gayler, Customer Development Manager at COCO lighting welcomed David Rooke, Invest ESSEX Location Services Director, and Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, to COCO lighting in Braintree.