News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

September 2015

Roger Ramsey

Diary Dates

Leader’s Business Network Events

Thursday 1 October,

5.30pm at Havering College of Further and Higher Education, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL. Book your place at this event.

Thursday 10 December, venue to be confirmed

Women in Business

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

Wednesday 11 November

Book your ticket here.

Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List 2016

You have until Friday 2 October to register your business for the above list. More details 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 David Lloyd Centre, Squirrels Heath Lane, Romford, RM11 2DY from 7am to 8.30am.

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 at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Tuesdays.

Please check group websites for latest information. 

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 to book your place.

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

Business Companion website

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.

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.

Got something to say?

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

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You can see previous editions of Business Briefing here.

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Fireworks and the law

Retailers are reminded they can only sell fireworks to the general public between Thursday 15 October and Tuesday 10 November.

The maximum penalty is a £5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. Full details of the law are available here.

Rainham Redevelopment

Consultation launched

​Rainham and Wennington businesses are invited to comment on plans for a major investment to revitalise the area.

The consultation started on Monday 21 September, with full details available here.

The proposals will be on display at Rainham Library from Monday 28 September to Monday 2 November

Two meetings are planned for the public to attend:

Tuesday 13 October, 5pm -  8pm. at the Mardyke Youth and Community Association

Saturday 17 October, 10am - 1pm at Rainham Library.

More information is available here. 

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Premises now available

If you’re looking to start a business, or expand your existing one, and are looking for new premises then Romford Shopping Hall could be ideal for you, with its location next to Romford Market Place.

Business rates and service charges are included in the seven-day rolling contract. Find out more details here.

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Free support for global trading

Cintra Translation and CEME Innovation Centre in Rainham are offering Havering businesses a free 45 minute consultation on Tuesday 29 September to discuss anything to do with language and culture while trading globally. Book an appointment by email here. 

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Emergency First Aid at Work

Havering Adult College is offering this one day course to enable learners to achieve this Level 2 qualification. The next course will be held on Wednesday 28 October, 9:15am – 5pm at the Bower Park Centre. The cost of the course is £62. Enquire about enrolment here.

More information on professional development  

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Managing an emergency

Havering Council and London Riverside Business Improvement District is holding a free workshop on Business Continuity Management on Thursday 29 October, from 9am until 10.30am, at CEME Conference Centre, Rainham.

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Brewery boost for community groups

The Brewery, has launched its 2015 Community Rewards Campaign, which will run until Saturday 31 October.

Charities and community groups across the area are all in with the chance of receiving a donation of up to £2,000.

Customers will be able to choose the cause they want to support by collecting tokens, each time they spend over £30 in one transaction with participating retailers or just £15 in participating leisure outlets. They can then place their tokens in a designated collection boxes, for their chosen charity, outside Sainsbury’s and on the first floor of the mall.

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Wills cash for hospice

Mullis and Peake Solicitors presented Saint Francis Hospice with a cheque for £3,448 after raising funds from the charities ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ initiative.

The firm has supported this annual initiative, which involves solicitors providing their services for free, to give local people the opportunity to have their wills written in return for a donation to the charity, since it began in 2009.

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Keeping trade local

We provide a free online Havering business directory. You can use the directory to promote your business. Add your business to the directory here.

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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:

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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 its free Business Start-Up Programme, in partnership with Kingston Smith. The next workshop is on Tuesday 13 October from 3pm to 5.30pm. Book your place by email.

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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:

  • 13 October
  • 17 November

Book your place here.

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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.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Alarms for landlords

Private landlords could face penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t meet new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm regulations, due to come into force in October 2015. Full details of the new regulations can be seen here.

London Fire Brigade has a limited number of free alarms available for landlords. Apply here for your alarms.

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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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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 casual traders wanting to operate on one day only. For more information email Matthew Steele.  

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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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. 

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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.