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Business, over Breakfast

Southend Peers is an established Southend-on-Sea business networking and referral group that meets each Thursday morning.

Our meetings are both fun and fruitful, we welcome business owners, and would-be business owners alike, to get together to build valuable professional relationships; relationships that support, enhance and positively build business.

Joining Southend Peers will open new doors and help grow your business through a collective group of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Our Meetings

What to expect

Our meetings follow a familiar format, but with a ‘Peers’ twist.

Each week, members have the opportunity to deliver a 60-second message to the group, followed by a nominated member presenting a 10-minute introduction to themselves and their business.

Occasionally we also split into breakout groups to discuss business challenges and opportunities and how they affect our respective businesses.

Contact us

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of Business


Southend Peers is more than just a networking group, each year we nominate a number of local charities and engage in a number of fundraising events.

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Southend Peers

The Richest People In The World Look For And Build Networks

Robert Kiyosaki

Effective networking isn't a result of luck - it requires hard work and persistence

Lewis Howes

Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, your uniqueness, what you stand for

Christine Comaford-Lynch

The way of the world is meeting people through other people

Robert Kerrigan

If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people

Chinese Proverb

A really important part of networking is actually about what you bring to the table-not just what you want to get out of it. Contribution is a big part of networking success.

Gina Romero

Our members

Paul Stibbards

Company: S. Stibbards & Sons | Funeral Directors

Paul began working for the family business over 30 years ago and helps manage the business alongside his brother Martin and sister Sue, as well as their respective partners.  The company’s focal point is providing bespoke, personalised funeral arrangements to the bereaved with an unrivalled level of care and service.  The company strives to offer a ‘complete’ service and its range of services include pre-paid funeral plans; monumental masonry and dedicated on-going bereavement support.  With six modern and well-appointed offices located in the Southend, Castle Point and Rochford Council areas, the company provides the very best in care and facilities to those they are called upon to serve.

With over 150 years of experience within the local community, S. Stibbards & Sons are uniquely placed to be able to provide the high level of support and understanding that a family may need when faced with having to arrange the funeral for a loved one.  They are proud to be the area’s oldest funeral directors, still owned and managed by direct descendants of its founder, Samuel Stibbards.

The company itself has a rich heritage and links with many organisations and businesses in the local community.  They are also keen to support local charities and can often be seen at local events, raising much needed funds for various local charities.

Transparency and accountability are also very important to the family and to this end the company belongs to several trade associations.  These associations ask that the company adheres to a recognised code of practice, which sets out the relationship between client and funeral director and ensures that they provide a professional level of service.  The most recognizable of these associations is the National Association of Funeral Directors, but we also belong to the British Institute of Funeral Directors (of which Paul is the Vice-President), the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and the British Institute of Embalmers.  The membership of these associations means that the company is kept fully informed and up-to-date with the latest training and regulations and gives our clients peace of mind that they and their loved one will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Paul and his colleagues at Stibbards are always on hand to give help, advice and guidance on any matter relating to bereavement and the sometimes complex and daunting process of arranging a funeral.  A member of the Stibbards team is always available 24hrs-a-day, 365 days-a-week to deal with any questions and their advice is always freely given.  If you would like any help or assistance, please call your local office or visit our website, which has a vast range of resources and advice to help you plan a fitting farewell.

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