News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

July 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 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.

The Forum of Private Business meets on the second Friday of each month at YMCA, Roneo Corner, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 OPH, from 7.30am. More information: Gerry Goldner

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) meets in Hornchurch from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Tuesdays.

Please check group websites for latest information. 

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Hornchurch venue needed

NELE (Networking in East London and Essex) is looking for a new venue in Hornchurch. If you think you can help please email NELE.

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BID backing bikers

The annual Rainham Royals cycle ride, sponsored by London Riverside Business Improvement District (BID), takes place on Thursday 30 July from 11am. The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Brian Eagling, will start the event at the Barges Car Park, Coldharbour Lane, Rainham, RM13 9YB. For more information email Maggie Dixon.  

Free legal advice on consumer law

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

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Business start up support

More people are deciding they want 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 provides a one-stop-shop for London’s businesses to access a range of public and private sector support. 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 course is on 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.  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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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 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.

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Time for tickets

Tickets for the Havering Business Awards 2015 gala presentation evening, on Friday 16 October at the CEME Conference Centre in Marsh Way, Rainham, are being snapped up fast.

Tickets, which include a three-course dinner, pre-dinner drinks and wine with the meal, can be booked online and cost £80 plus VAT each or £800 plus VAT for a table of 10.


Consultation on migrant workers

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is consulting with businesses on the points based system for skilled workers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.

Havering businesses are invited to submit views on the proposals by email to MAC, with copy to Jolly Choudhry before the deadline of Friday 25 September.

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Can you claim

Business Rate Relief?

If your business occupies retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less and is wholly or mainly used as a shop, restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment you could be entitled to business rate relief.

The relief that will apply is up to £1,000 for 2014/15 and £1,500 from the 2015/16 financial year. More information available here. 

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Licensing Policy Consultation

Havering Council is currently consulting on a new Licensing Policy to come into force from January 2016.

The policy has been rewritten to make it easier to understand, and a new addition is a chapter which describes the expectations of applicants.

The deadline for completing consultation responses is Monday 31 August 2015. 

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If you are interested in licensing issues, sign up for the Licensing Matters email update here.

Sun not shining for salons

Half the sunbeds bought as test purchases by Havering Council Trading Standards failed to meet current safety standards for salons to use. More information about your responsibilities as a salon operator. 

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Want to be a Market Trader?

Romford Market currently has some spaces for new traders. Preference will be given to those wanting to trade on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but there is also limited space available for new traders wanting to operate on one day only. For more information email Matthew Steele.  

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Fired up for Growth

Havering businesses wanting practical advice to help grow their business, should head for Havering Town Hall on Thursday 10 September for a Barclays Fired Up for Growth Clinic which will run from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Book your place here.

Digital Eagles fly in

Barclays Business Digital Eagles will be explaining how to connect with customers in a digital world when the Romford Digital Business Club meets on Wednesday 16 September from 6pm at Barclays Bank, 36-38 South Street, Romford, RM1 1RH. Book a place by email here.

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Greener taxis consultation

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to taxi and private hire vehicle licensing, ahead of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will be introduced in central London in 2020. 

Responses to the consultation can be made here before the deadline of Tuesday 11 August. 

Keep customers safe

Safety First is a new Havering Council email update which contains information on Food Safety Alerts and Product Recalls. Click the relevant link to receive your copy each month.

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Summer of Sound

Romford’s Mercury Mall is giving 10 local singers the opportunity for a professional recording as well as taking to the stage at the Havering Show and Romford’s Christmas Lights switch on. Vote here before midnight on Friday 31 July.

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Growing business

Six businesses in Elm Park have each agreed to water a newly planted flower bed near their shops, as part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of Elm Park Garden City. The green-fingered retailers are Bits and Bobs, Greggs, Hair, Body and Soul, Readings, Sainsbury’s and Webbs.

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Funding available

Building Better Opportunities brings together money from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to provide joint investment in local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. The programmes in London include support for economically inactive and long term unemployed women from BAME communities, as well as for those with caring responsibilities. It also includes an intermediate labour market (ILM) programme for people with disabilities who have spent long periods out of work. The deadline for applications is 12noon on Monday 3 August. Further information can be found here.

Havering Adult College Prospectus 2015

Act fast for discount on courses for business

Havering Adult College has launched its 2015/16 prospectus, with a wide range of part-time courses aimed at  developing skills range from customer service, computer skills, languages, and beauty courses.Take 10% off courses when you enrol before Monday 31 August 2015 with the Early Bird discount. Quote ENEB15 to receive your discount.

More information available here  

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If you are interested in travel issues affecting Havering, sign up for the weekly Travel Update email update here.

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Going electric

If you want to find out more about electric vehicles to cut costs in your business,  head for Romford Market on Saturday 8 August.

A Nissan NV200 van (pictured) and Leaf car will be outside Lloyds Bank, along with representatives from Nissan who can explain the benefits of electric vehicles and answer questions about their cost and performance.

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:

  • DLS Supplier Co Limited, C3 Star Business Centre, Fairview Industrial Park, Rainham, RM13 8UP - wholesale pizza supplies
  • Hornchurch Practice Rooms, East Coast Music, 182 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1QL
  • Mad Tatter, Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB - tattooing and piercing
  • Party Delights, The Brewery Shopping Centre, Unit 10 Brewery Walk, Romford, RM1 1AU – party supplies and fancy dress
  • Stylex Cloud, Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB - E-liquids

The Party Box

  • The Party Box, 9 Station Parade, Elm Park, RM12 5AB – party supplies.

McDonalds South Street opening
  • McDonalds, 119 to 129 South Street, Romford, RM1 1NX is now open following a major refit - restaurant.

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Shops available

There are two shop units currently available at Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB. Low start-up costs, including business rates and service charges.

More information available here.


Help from HMRC

HMRC is offering free webinars to help businesses successfully complete end of year returns.

These include:

  1. Join our online presentation to see how you submit your tax return – ‘Self-employment and your online tax return’ at: Webinars if you're self-employed
  2. Find out about business expenses by watching our online presentation -  ‘Business expenses for the self-employed’ on our webinar and guidance page

Plan ahead and start filling your tax return in now. Visit the GOV.UK website at: Welcome to HMRC Online services expenses and benefits

When you click a registration link, you will be asked to provide your name and a valid email address, so HMRC can send you a link to attend.

You do not need a camera or microphone to attend a webinar.  Even if you do have these, the webinar will not activate them, and HMRC presenters will not be able to see or hear you during the webinar.

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Food courses to

boost business

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene and Catering courses are 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

  • 15 September
  • 13 October
  • 17 November

Book your place here.

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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.

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.

Samantha Hamilton Mullis and Peake

Romford Solicitor re-appointed as Panel Deputy

Samantha Hamilton, Head of the Private Client Department at Mullis and Peake LLP has been re-appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of Deputies across England and Wales.

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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. 

Got something to say?

If you have a news item for a future edition of Business Briefing,please send it to Jolly Choudhury.