News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

November 2015

Roger Ramsey

Diary Dates

Leader’s Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm, venues to be confirmed:

  • 10 December 2015
  • 9 June 2016
  • 15 September 2016
  • 8 December 2016
  • 2 March 2017

Book your place at the next events.

Women in Business

Wednesdays from 5.30pm at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL, on:

  • 27 January 2016
  • 20 April 2016
  • 19 October 2016
  • 25 January 2017

On Wednesday 13 July 2016, from 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. 

Book for The Business Show

The Business Show – Europe’s biggest business exhibition – returns to Olympia on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 of December. The event is packed with seminars, live features and world-class speakers. Book your free tickets now.

Neopost team with hospice mascot Frankie

Neopost backing for Saint Francis Hospice

A daring team of 26 Neopost employees took time out from their busy schedules to abseil down its 70 feet head office in Romford to support Saint Francis Hospice.

The company, which has nominated the hospice as its charity of the year, has so far raised £5,086 from the event to help people affected by life limiting illness. To date employees have raised almost £20,000 for the hospice.

Pictured are some of the Neopost team with hospice mascot Frankie.

Cycles UK bike marking

Cycle Security

Cycles UK, in Market Place, Romford, is hosting bike security marking sessions in partnership with Havering Police Safer Transport Team.

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Could you be the 2016 Low Carbon Entrepreneur?

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur is a competition run by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Citi Foundation to find fresh new ideas to cut carbon emissions and give students employability skills.

It’s open to current students and recent graduates (2015) from London universities and colleges. To enter, you must be over 18 on Wednesday 30 March 2016. You can enter as an individual or as a team. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 14 February 2016. Enter now. 

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.

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

Crafty Arts Harold Hill

Vote now to help Havering firm win

Crafty Arts in Harold Hill is up for the Independent Lifestyle Retailer of the Year award in the London Small Business Awards and needs your vote to help it win.

 In 1991 Natasha and Jay Necati opened a little shop supplying discounted art supplies and craft materials for all ages. Over the years the shop has grown and the product range has expanded with it.

Crafty Arts is now one of the most extensive providers of craft and art tools and supplies in London.

Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 8 January 2016.

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Chamber lessons and carols

Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites you to the Sixteenth Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at The Parish Church of St. Alban Protomartyr, Kings Road, Romford. RM1 2SS on Monday 14 December 2015 at 6.00 pm. Refreshments will be served after the service.

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CEME sharing knowledge event

On Thursday 3 December, hear from the experts on how innovation in technology is broadening companies markets and changing the way they do business. Hosted at CEME Innovation Centre, in Rainham, as the first of its networking and knowledge sharing events. Book your ticket here.

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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 15 December. Book your place 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 through to Wednesday 17 February, but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tender opportunities

Professionals shaking hands for tenders

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 contract.

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

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.

Romford Shopping Hall Christmas Grotto 2015

Scouting for Christmas

The Christmas Grotto at Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB will be raising funds for the 2nd Romford Scout Group with £1.20 from each £5 charge going to support the scouts work. The grotto was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Havering, Councillor Brian Eagling and his wife Bunny.

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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.

Kervan Saray restaurant Harold Hill

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:

    Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
    • Turkish Barbers, Market Place, Romford, RM1 3ER
    • Moss Bros, The Liberty Centre, Romford, RM1 3RL.
    • Hollands Style Council hair salon, The Quadrant, Market Place, Romford, RM1 3ED
    • Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe (pictured) has doubled in size taking an extra unit at The Quadrant, Market Place, Romford, RM1 3ED
    • KFC has opened a drive through restaurant at Gallows Corner, Colchester Road, Harold Hill, RM3 0AD.
    • R E Gore Ltd,17 Manor Way Business Centre, Fairview Industrial Park, Rainham, RM13 8UG
    • Jemtek Sales Ltd,16 Manor Way Business Centre, Fairview Industrial Park, Rainham, RM13 8UG
    • Ecojoules Ltd, Unit C5, Star Business Centre, Fairview Industrial Park, Rainham, RM13 8UP.

    Tesco HGV training

    Driving to success

    Havering Council’s pilot Driver Academy programme, run in partnership with Tesco, Havering College, Job Centre Plus and the Barking and Dagenham Council, to support local residents with training and job opportunities, has resulted in success. 

    The pilot helped 14 local residents complete C+E HGV Driver training and gain the opportunity to work at the Tesco Distribution Centre in Rainham.  Nine have so far started work as drivers with further assessments and interviews planned.

    London black taxi cab

    New rules for taxis and private hire vehicles

    From 1 January 2018, all taxis licensed for the first time must be zero emission capable, while new diesel taxis will not be allowed in London.

    For private hire vehicles, there are several milestones which will ensure that all vehicles granted a private hire licence for the first time after 1 January 2023 will be zero emission capable, regardless of age:

    • In advance of the ULEZ requirements, and to clean up the private hire fleet, all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019 must feature a Euro 6 petrol or diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine
    • From 1 January 2020 all new private hire vehicles – defined as those under 18 months old – licensed for the first time will have to be zero emission capable
    • Older private hire vehicles – those over 18 months old – will need to feature a Euro 6 engine when licensed for the first time between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022. They will also need to be zero emission capable from 2023.

    Romford Market logo

    Be a market trader this Christmas

    Romford Market currently has some spaces for new traders.  For more information email Matthew Steele.  

    Business Directory web page

    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.

    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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    You can see previous editions of Business Briefing here.