News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

October 2015

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Can you help the Poppy Appeal?

If your business is willing to help the Royal British Legion by having a box of poppies for sale to staff and visitors, your offer will be welcomed by the Poppy Appeal team in your area.

There are six branches in Havering - Collier Row, Elm Park, Harold Wood, Hornchurch, Romford, and Upminster and Cranham – with contact details on the website.

To request a box of poppies please email your details to Pam Morris.

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Diary Dates

Leader’s Business Network Events

Thursday at 5.30pm, venues to be confirmed:

  • 10 December
  • 9 June
  • 15 September
  • 8 December
  • 2 March 2017

Book your place at the next events.

Women in Business

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

  • Wednesday 27 January
  • Wednesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 19 October
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017

On Wednesday 13 July, 7.30am at Natwest, Blackburn House, 22 - 26 Eastern Road, Romford, RM1 3PJ.

Book your ticket for the next event.

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. 

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Increasing staff skills

If you are looking for specific CPD training opportunities consider Havering Adult College. Bespoke sessions are available on topics including Management and Leadership, Customer Service, Resilience Training, Safeguarding, Conflict Resolution and Equality and Diversity. Email Alex Dunitz for details.

Tackling rogue freight operators

A London Freight Enforcement Partnership has been set up to tackle unsafe HGVs in London and enforce regulations concerning vehicle and driver safety standards. Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras will be used throughout the capital to check vehicle details.

Premises Licenses by email

From Thursday 01 October 2015 premises licences will only be issued by email. Copies will not be sent through the post. During an inspection licensees will need to show a current electronic licence or one they have printed to comply with the Licensing Act 2003.

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.

Are you obeying new Consumer Rights Act?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is now in force. It replaces 12 existing laws including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.  Check you are meeting the new legal requirements at the 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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Firework displays

If your business is planning to hold a firework display, please make sure you have completed the forms required by the Havering Safety Advisory Group and returned them in plenty of time.

See advice about organising fireworks displays.

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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.

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Free CPC driver training for Havering businesses

Havering businesses can register their HGV/LGV drivers for free Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) accredited safer urban driver training.

Funded by Transport for London, the one-day course focuses on safe driving around vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, to increase safety on London’s roads. There are several dates from Monday 9 November to Wednesday 17 February, but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tender opportunities

Generic Outreach Support Services

Havering Council invites businesses to a market testing day on Thursday 12 November at Hornchurch Library, from 1.30pm to 4pm to discuss the Council’s generic outreach support services.

The contract will provide short term, targeted support to people living in the community.

Interested providers are invited to register their interest via email, quoting reference number 209-370564, by Friday 6 November. Places are limited so an early response is appreciated.

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Help not Hospital

Havering Council invites businesses to a market testing day on Monday 30 November at the Town Hall, from 3pm to 5pm to discuss the Council’s hospital discharge and outreach support service.

The contract will provide short term support to vulnerable adults so they can regain their independence in their own home.

Interested providers are invited to register their interest via email, quoting reference number 209-379685, by Friday 27 November. Places are limited so an early response is appreciated.

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Eat out safely this Christmas

If you are planning an office party of Christmas celebration, you can check the food hygiene ratings of the venue before you buy.

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Buses for business

Bus route 174, which runs between Harold Hill and Dagenham, has been extended to serve CEME on Marsh Way, Rainham on Sundays, in line with the Monday to Saturday service. This is in order to improve transport links in the area.

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Illegal sales are costly in court for Elm Park retailers

Havering Council has had two successful prosecutions of Elm Park retailers selling alcohol to people under 18.

Both cases were heard at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 25 September 2015. Sercan Ates from Sparkling Food and Wine pleaded guilty to selling a bottle of wine to a person under 18, was ordered to pay a total of £1031.75 while Caner Cocelli, the designated premises supervisor at Kotan supermarket, which traded as Elm Park Express in Broadway Parade, was ordered to pay a total of £3,320. He pleaded guilty to five offences - one licensing offence for an underage sale of alcohol, one offence under the licensing act for keeping smuggled goods on the premises, one offence under the Consumer Protection Act for lack of English labelling on the cigarettes and two offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

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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 next proposed course date is 17 November.

Book your place here.

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Keep customers safe

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


Rainham Redevelopment

Rainham and Wennington

​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 are on display at Rainham Library until Monday 2 November. More information is available here. 

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Gambling Policy

Havering Council has started a consultation following a review of its Statement of Gambling Policy. Closing date for comments is Saturday 31 October 2015. You can make your views known on the draft policy here. The responses will be included in a report for the final policy so anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Silvertown Tunnel

Transport for London is running a consultation about plans for a new tunnel under the River Thames at Silvertown to open in 2022/23. The new tunnel would ease congestion at the Blackwell Tunnel. The consultation closes on Sunday 29 November 2015.

Details of the scheme and how to respond are available here.

Private hire regulations

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a public consultation on potential changes to the regulations that govern the London’s private hire trade. 

These include proposals to improve driver skills, including English language capabilities and stricter requirements for insurance, as well as proposals around the way private hire operators can accept bookings and changes to how bookings are recorded.

Deadline for responding to the consultation is Wednesday 23 December.

Medinova Macmillan coffee morning

Meet the neighbours with Macmillan

Staff at Medinova moved into Blackburn House, Eastern Road, Romford, this summer and decided they could get to know their neighbours and raise money for cancer research by holding a coffee and cake morning for Macmillan. The event raised more than £30 for the charity.

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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.

Havering Autism Hub Opening

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:

  • International Supermarket at 39 - 45 High Street, Hornchurch
  • Havering Autism Hub, (pictured) Laurie Walk, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford

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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, covering projections and cash flows, is on Tuesday 10 November from 3pm to 5.30pm. Book your place by email.

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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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    Be a Market Trader this Christmas

    Romford Market currently has some spaces for new traders.  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.