News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday18 March 2016

Diary Dates

Havering Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm, venues to be confirmed:

Book your place at the next events.

Women in Business

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

On Wednesday 13 July, from 7.30am on the theme of networking and pitches 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 business. 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 - 8.30am.

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

The ebn Upminster and Hornchurch group meets at Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL from 8am - 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, along with the Federation of Small Businesses, hold networking events at The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT on the first Friday of each month, 7.30am - 9am.

NELE (Networking in East London and Essex) meets at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham from 12.30pm - 2.30pm on Tuesdays.

Please check group websites for latest information. 

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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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.

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Overseas opportunities

If your business is looking to trade overseas sign up here to get the UK Trade and Investment email update giving details of available opportunities.

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

Havering Show 2015

Put your business in front of 45,000 people at the Havering Show ...

Each year Havering Council is proud to deliver a range of popular events within the borough, including the Havering Show which attracts crowds of up to 45,000 visitors over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August, and offers exciting sponsorship opportunities.

If you would like further details of how you can promote your business and engage with the local community, please contact Joanne Yeomans.

Havering Business Awards 2015 finalists

... and at the Havering Business Awards

If you want to be part of a six month media campaign to get your business noticed by other businesses in the Borough you need to be involved in the Havering Business Awards 2016.

There are plenty of opportunities for sponsorship, with packages at very competitive prices, but you will need to act fast to get the best deal that suits you.

See details of last year’s event here.

If you would like further details of how you can get noticed at this prestigious event, please contact Joanne Yeomans.

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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 myplace, Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill, RM3 9EN,

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

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Legal firm expands

Havering-based Pinney Talfourd Solicitors, has opened a new office in Leigh-on-Sea and has moved to bigger premises in Brentwood.

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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:

MGN Builders Merchants is moving to Harold Hill from Ilford after Kemsley LLP completed a letting of an 8,000 square feet warehouse and secure yard area.

      Sport Relief wants business involvement

      Transport for London's (TfL) Business Engagement team is looking for workplaces to take part in a range of fun and engaging activities with their staff to raise money for Sport Relief in March. You can encourage your staff to make their journeys more active by walking, cycling or running to work, and TfL will reward your organisation with great prizes. Email here for more details.

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      Fraud alert

      According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords.

      Report scams and frauds here.

      Combatting under-age sales

      The Chartered Institute of Trading Standards offers an online course for staff to make sure they are informed of current legislation.

      Find out more here.

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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.

      Business Support

      Havering Council offers a range of advice and help to support your business. More details are on the website which is regularly updated. Get full details here.

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      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.