This sector has grown dramatically in Thurrock over the last decade, especially following the establishment of the Lakeside Shopping Centre and associated activities. Lakeside is a centre of regional significance with a catchment that extends well beyond the Thurrock boundary.

Retail alone accounts for almost a quarter of all jobs in the Borough. The sector continues to grow in size and will expand further as the local population increases with the onset of new housing development.

Key sub-sector retail activities include:

  • Sale of motor vehicles
  • Food and beverages, clothing
  • Footwear
  • Furniture; and
  • Household, Lighting & Hardware

Facts & Figures

11,000 Persons employed in Retail
14.9% Of employment in Retail
161% More important than nationally

Thurrock Prospects

Some of the big businesses in this sector include:

Last year the Prince’s Trust helped almost 6,000 young people secure jobs through their Get Into courses. ​​​​​​​If you’re aged 16 to 30 and are looking for ‘on the job’ experience and training, they can help:



Charlotte runs an independent butcher in Newcastle and highlights how much her transferable skills from other jobs have helped her.  Part of the Department of Work and Pensions 'My Way In' campaign.

Thurrock Apprenticeships in Retail and Commercial Enterprise

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'Retail' Learning Opportunities

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'Retail' Job Vacancies in Thurrock

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