Event information

Information for the 2017 National Conference.

Date and time

The Conference doors will open at 9.00am on Thursday 2 March 2017 and will finish at 18.00. Times are subject to change.

How to get here

We are based at:

The Backstage Centre
High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Essex RM19 1RJ

Directions by train

The nearest railway station is Purfleet, on the Southend to London Fenchurch Street line.

Trains usually run approximately every 30 minutes. For more information on train times, visit the C2C website or National Rail Enquiries.

Getting to and from the station/hotels

Free shuttle bus

We will be providing a shuttle bus service from the station, hotels and The Backsatge Centre. Timings to be confirmed.

There will be a minibus at The Backstage Centre during the day if anyone needs to travel to the station early. We advise our guests to take advantage of this where possible rather than booking local taxis. 


If you would rather do the final leg by taxi, please note that taxis should be booked in advance as there is no taxi rank at the station. Z Carz Express is one local taxi firm: 01375 383236.


The Backstage Centre is about a 15-minute walk from Purfleet Station.

By road

Important notice: due to road works in the area, traffic is likely to be busier than usual. We advise drivers to add 30 minutes on to your expected journey time.

Take the Purfleet Bypass exit at Stonehouse Corner Roundabout, and take the first left towards Carpetright. Keep left until you reach the car park between the Royal Opera House production workshop and The Backstage Centre.

For satnav, use the postcode RM19 1TT.


For ease of travel, we suggest that you stay at one of our recommended hotels: 

Premier Inn Thurrock West
Stonehouse Lane
West Thurrock
RM19 1NS

Premier Inn Thurrock East
Fleming Road
Unicorn Estate
Chafford Hundred
RM16 6YJ

Ibis London Thurrock M25
Weston Avenue
West Thurrock
RM20 3JQ


There is car parking available on-site. If you have any bespoke parking requirements, please let us know in advance by emailing info@ccskills.org.uk or calling 020 7015 1800.

Dress code

There is no dress code for the National Conference.