News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

May 2015

Roger Ramsey

Diary Dates

Leader’s Business Network Events

5.30pm, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD

Thursday 1 October

Thursday 10 December

More details available here.

Women in Business

5.30pm at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL

Wednesday 15 April

Wednesday 17 June

Wednesday 9 September

Wednesday 11 November

More details available here..

Networking in Havering

Networking is a proven way to build good relations with other businesses, which can lead to referrals and new contracts. There are a number of networking groups in Havering including those listed below.

BNI Valour chapter meets each Tuesday morning at YMCA, Roneo Corner, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 OPH,

The 4N networking group meets every fortnight at Liberty Bell, Mercury Gardens, Romford, RM1 3EN  on Thursdays from 8am until 10am.

The ebn Upminster and Hornchurch group meets at Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL from 8am until 10am on alternate Tuesdays.

Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Federation of Small Businesses holds networking events at The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT on the first Friday of each month from 7.30am until 9am.

NELE (Networking in East London and Essex) next meets at  the Railway Hotel, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6SB, from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Tuesdays.

Please check group websites for latest information. 

Free legal advice on consumer law

Businesses that sell goods and/or supply services to consumers, the Business Companion provides free, impartial information and legal guidance for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation

Business Companion website

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Now open in town

Havering is proving an attractive place for new businesses, which bring with them jobs for local people.

Among those firms which have recently invested in Havering are two new firms in the London Riverside BID area:

  • C & S Motor Group PLC, Land adjacent to 51-53 Ferry Lane South, Rainham, RM13 9YH
  • DLJ Supplier Ltd, C3 Star Business Centre, Fairview Industrial Estate, Rainham, RM13 8UP.

Business start up support

More and more people are deciding they have the ideas, the skills and for the most part, the determination to work for themselves, which is why Havering Council has extended free Business Start-Up Programme, in partnership with Kingston Smith.

More information is available here.

London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub has now been launched, providing a one-stop-shop for London’s businesses to access a range of public and private sector support. The site, hosted by the London Enterprise Panel, includes an interactive workspace map, a business and finance support finder and video case studies from some of London’s most exciting new businesses.

More information is available here.

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Info on ESIF

The Greater London Authority European Programmes Management Unit has updated its Question and Answer factsheet on the London Enterprise Panel website, which provides new detail on the developing 2014-2020 ESIF programme in England.

Age restricted sales – training for staff

Havering Council is running half-day courses for managers and staff involved in selling alcohol or tobacco to make sure they are aware of the latest legislation.

The next courses are on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 21 October 2015. The courses run from 10am until 12.45pm and are limited to 15 people, so early booking is advised.

Email Sasha Taylor for more details.

Consumer Rights Act 2015

Havering businesses have until Thursday 1 October 2015 to make sure they meet the requirements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which replaces 12 existing laws including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.  

Amongst other things, it outlines a clearer route for consumers who feel a goods or service fails to do what it was supposed to; addresses digital content as a separate product category and outlines the rights to repair or replace faulty intangible digital content; and clarifies the periods for repair, replacement and refunds of goods and services.

More information is available at Business Companion website.

Business Support

Havering Council offers a range of advice and help to support your business including:

Doing business with the Council

Business support and advice

Business rates

Food businesses

Networking events

Commercial property

Town centres and Romford Market

Support local businesses

Business waste

Buy With Confidence Scheme

Licenses and street trading

Trading standards

Health and safety


Building regulations

More details are on the website which is regularly updated.

Get full details here.

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Horizon 2020 offers funding

Horizon 2020 offers firms funding to implement the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

More information is available here.

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Shine as a sponsor at Havering Business Awards 2015

The Havering Business Awards 2015  are an ideal opportunity to get your company in front of Havering's business community as part of a high profile, five-month publicity campaign including a glittering, gala awards finale.

The campaign will include local press and radio, Living in Havering Business Focus magazine (which reaches more than 100,000 households across the Borough), email newsletters and J C Decaux outdoor poster sites across Havering.

A range of sponsorship packages are available starting at £100 for the award certificates through to a  package for the main event sponsor – the aim of each package is to give your business the maximum return on your investment.

For more details of all the benefits and packages available email Joanne Yeomans. 

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Workplace Health Week bring cycling benefits

Employers and employees across Havering are invited to show their commitment to workplace health and wellbeing by supporting Workplace Health Week.

Join this week-long celebration from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May and pledge your commitment to workplace health.

Businesses can make a practical step towards increasing the physical activity of employees by registering with TfL Cycling Workplaces, to receive free cycle training for employees, as well as cycle stands, bike checks and a cycle safety seminar.

Registering takes two minutes – visit the Cycling Workplaces website and use invite code BET5.

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Food courses to

boost business

Staff in food businesses across Havering can gain new qualifications and help their business meet tough food regulations and hygiene standards thanks to a series of courses organised by Havering Council.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene and Catering courses will be run at Romford Baptist Church, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BL.

All the courses are on Tuesdays, starting at 9.15am and ending at 4.30pm.

The proposed course dates are

  • 16 June
  • 14 July
  • 15 September
  • 13 October
  • 17 November

Book your place here.

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Love Energy Awards

Love Energy Savings want to learn about businesses that endeavour to curb their energy consumption on a consistent basis.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Awards, so if you believe that your business is worthy, or you know any others that are, then don’t hesitate to apply online.

The categories include:

  • SME Savers
  • Start-up Savers
  • Super Savers (Large businesses)
  • Innovative Savers
  • Stars of the Future
  • Best Building Manager
  • Everyday Hero

Closing date is Sunday 31 May 2015.

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Mercury Mall looking to win second energy award

The Mercury Mall, in Romford, is aiming to win its second Sceptre Award for energy efficiency.

In 2012 it won the energy category for the solar panels installed to generate electricity for the shopping centre.

This year the entry is for the use of LED lights in the shopping centre. More than 90 per cent of the lights are now LED resulting in lower running costs and less carbon emissions. The awards ceremony is in July.

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Shopping Hall Stylie

for Father’s Day

Businesses in Romford Shopping Hall are joining forces to offer Havering fathers a makeover.

To nominate a father for a Shopping Hall Stylie, worth £200 including a haircut, manicure and back massage, post an embarrassing photo of your Dad on the Shopping Hall’s Facebook page along with 100 words explaining why a makeover is needed.

Closing date is Sunday 14 June and more information is available here.

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Social Networking and Apprenticeships

Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding a Business and Social Networking evening between 6pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday 20 May, at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL.

The first guest speaker, Laurie Edmunds, will talk about how your business can benefit from the intelligent use of Social Media as a marketing tool.

This talk will be followed by a presentation from Lucy Hunter of Havering College on how businesses can use the college’s Apprenticeship Service to source new apprentices.

Book your free place here.


Looking for new staff?

Havering Council is holding a recruitment event for residents to drop in and visit at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL between 12noon and 6pm on Thursday 28 May.

Several employers are already booked for the event and if you have vacancies you would like to promote please email Housing Services Community Engagement.

Business to business exhibition

Local suppliers exhibition

Havering Council, in partnership with Right Choice Insurance Group, is planning a Business to Business event to be held on Thursday 16 July in Eastern Road, Romford.

The event will showcase businesses in Havering and encourage local businesses to use local suppliers. It will also be an opportunity for local businesses to network and employees to experience what’s available in Romford.

If you wish to exhibit at this event please email Richard Smith.

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Cash help to create child-care

If you’re thinking of starting a child-care business or nursery the Government has announced that the Childcare Business Grant is being doubled and that businesses which have received their OFSTED certificate in the last year can also benefit from the scheme.

Under the scheme up to £1,000 can be received to help a new child-care business.

More information available here.

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The future of the High Street

Artist and designer Kevin Smeeing, will be leading a programme of events at The Quadrant, Market Place, Romford until Friday 12 June, as part of The future of the High Street initiative.

Kevin said: “I am exploring what these vacant spaces on the High Street could become. This is more than  just another pop-up shop, this project looks at truly inclusive alternatives to the redevelopment of the High Street.”

If you are a local entrepreneur with a new business idea you would like to test, if you have a skill that you would like to share, if you have knowledge that you would like to transfer then email Kevin Smeeing.

The London Cycle Challenge

Havering businesses can take part in the three week challenge, which starts on Monday 8 June,  and get staff cycling this summer.

Businesses with the highest percentage of staff taking part will be rewarded with experiences, VIP tickets, cycling vouchers and clothing along with lunches and flowers delivered by bike.

Sign up your business here

London Cycle Challenge 2015

Nissan electric vehicle ENV200

Goodbye to vehicle fuel bills and road tax too!

Do you run a vehicle for a business based in Havering and want to cut escalating vehicle running costs?

Havering Council, with Toomey Nissan is offering  12, one week test drives in either the all-electric Nissan LEAF or e-NV200 van (pictured) so businesses in the borough can experience the benefits that Nissan electric vehicles offer. 

This offer is limited to one test drive per business in Havering on a first come, first served basis and is subject to availability.

Email Darren Smith, EV Specialist at Toomey Nissan quoting ‘Business Briefing’.

More information on Nissan electric vehicles is available here.

Apply online

Book site visits 24/7

If you are a builder or developer who needs a site visit from a Havering Council Building Control officer you can now book that visit at any time 24/7 using our online booking service.

Book online before 10am and your site can be visited the same day.

There are also many Building Control forms you can complete online here.

Havering Council also issues a Building Control Briefing email update which you can get free of charge here.

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Travel advice for businesses

Havering Council offers a range of services to help businesses make smarter transport choices.​

Free guides and resources are available to help you plan and develop new ways of getting around.

More information is available here.

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Building for success

Construction firms in Havering can benefit from free training thanks to a project involving the London Enterprise Panel and the Construction Industry Training Board.

The key learning areas are:

  • Tendering to win
  • Selling for profit
  • Excelling at customer service
  • Diversification to grow
  • Business planning for success
  • Marketing for results

For more information email here.   

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HGVs face ban in safer zone

From Tuesday 1 September, HGVs will need safeguards to protect cyclists, and improved mirrors to give drivers a better view around their vehicle if they want to enter London inside the M25.

The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be enforced by the police, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and the joint TfL and DfT-funded Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF).

The maximum fine for each breach of the ban will be £1,000. The operator will also be referred for consideration to the relevant Traffic Commissioner, who is responsible for the licensing and regulation of HGV operators.

More information available here.

Cut Label shop

New in Havering...


Cut Label, has opened its first store in Romford, at Unit 11 on Level One in The Mercury Mall.

Further Cut Label shops due to open in Bishops Stortford and Hemel Hempsted by the end of June.

Owner, Julie Mitchell, said: “We are offering cut label branded ladieswear, menswear and accessories for people aged 12 to pensioners and in all sizes.

“We chose Romford for our first store as it has the right demographics for what we sell and has a good shopping centre.”

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The Forum of Private Business (FPB) now has a representative in the RM postcode area. Gerry Goldner is looking to meet with local businesses.

More information is available here.

Mullis and Peake conveyancing award

Romford lawyers win conveyancing award

Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors of Eastern Road, Romford, won the Best Residential Conveyancing Firm of the year 2015 (fewer than 50 staff) at the inaugural Property Forum Awards.

The judging panel said: “Mullis & Peake LLP impressed the judging panel from all angles. We liked the fact that Mullis & Peake LLP has been able to successfully embrace technology and innovations but still keep the customer at the heart of everything they do.”

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Businesses supporting

the community

Havering Council is developing a project with companies with a presence in Havering who wish to support their local voluntary and community sector.

More information is available here.