News for Havering businesses


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday 29 April 2016

Diary Dates

Havering Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm, venues to be confirmed:

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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.

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Radio Harold Hill is broadcasting regular business programmes and is looking for local entrepreneurs to feature on the show. Email your business details to Radio Harold Hill if you are interested in appearing.

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 Evolution Chapter meets each Wednesday morning at Maylands Golf Club, Colchester Road, Harold Park,  RM3 0AZ from 7am – 8.30am.

BNI Valour chapter meets each Tuesday morning at Thames Gateway YMCA, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0PH 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. 

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Trusted Trader

Upminster's Hillis Security Systems has been short-listed for the Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2016 Awards.

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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Terrorism seminar for business owners

The Counter Terrorism Team will be running a Project Griffin seminar on  Friday 29 April at 10am – 11.30am at the Premier Cinema, Romford. This is for businesses and voluntary organisations NOT for the general public.

It offers an overview of the current terrorism threat level as well as ways to keep yourself and others safe in the event of a terrorist incident.

Email Jess Finnin for more details if you wish to attend.

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Get trained in emergency first aid every month

Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Course for local businesses are being run in Romford by trainaid every Saturday. See here to book a place and find out more information.

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

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.

Havering Business Awards 2016 2

The launch of the Havering Business Awards 2016 is due soon and categories will be announced in a special email update. Keep your eyes open for the entry form and start planning now which categories you will be entering - remember entry is free

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Calling all entrepreneurs

If you are self-employed or looking to start your own business The Workary at Rainham Library could be just right for you.

Havering Council is sponsoring an initial six-month trial to provide a room, with wi-fi, where you can work, meet clients and discuss issues with other local entrepreneurs and experts from Wimble Tech, which has set up similar centres in other London Boroughs. Kitchen facilities will also be available. Email here for more details.

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Underage sales costs retailer £1,000

Havering Council has had another successful prosecution of a Designated Premises Supervisor for selling alcohol to someone under the age of 18 years.

On Friday 15 April at Barkingside Magistrates Court Mrs Jagruti Patel, of Sheena News, 129 Wennington Road, Rainham was ordered to pay £1,000 for selling a bottle of Kopperberg cider to someone under the age of 18 on Wednesday 3 June 2015.

Mrs Patel pleaded guilty and was fined £135, ordered to pay £845 in costs and a victim surcharge of £20, a total of £1,000.

As part of the Safer Havering campaign test purchases will continue across the borough. Licensees must make sure staff are properly trained to avoid breaking the law. Find out more 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.

Free CPC Safer Urban Driver Training

Havering Council has been awarded funding from Transport for London to continue to offer free CPC accredited Safer Urban Driver Training to commercial drivers based or operating in the borough. The one day course educates drivers about road safety in relation to the most vulnerable road users. Drivers can register for training courses at Havering Town Hall in Romford, or businesses can book a free course for their drivers at their premises on a date of their convenience (minimum 16 drivers).

Please note that although the training is free the CPC upload fee (£8.75) is not included.

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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.

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... 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.

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

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Get seen by 100,000 email newsletter subscribers

Havering Council's email updates are proving popular with almost 100,000 subscribers, including around 9,000 business subscribers, now receiving one or more of the 43 bulletins produced each month.

Some are weekly, others are monthly and they cover news and information from most of the Council's service areas. You can see the full list of email updates here.

If you want to find out about the competitive advertising rates for our email updates please email Joanne Yeomans today.

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Food courses to

boost business

Havering Council, has partnered with professional trainers 'Health Works' to offer a one day food hygiene course with an exam at the end.

The course leads to a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene and Catering courses are run at Havering Museum​, 19-21 High Street, Romford, RM1 1JU.

The next course is scheduled for Wednesday 4 May. Book your place here.  

Havering College apprentice day for SMEs

Find out how the Apprentice Levy will affect your business

The Apprentice Levy comes into effect on Thursday 6 April 2017 and the changes will impact on all businesses.

Havering College of Further and Higher Education is holding two information events, in partnership with City and Guilds.

Havering College apprentice day for big business

The levy, which will be introduced in April 2017, is designed to encourage new apprenticeships and will support quality training by placing the control of apprenticeship funding into the hands of employers.

One is aimed at SMEs and the other at large businesses. Just see here to book your free place.

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Take a stall at the Baby

and Children’s Market

Havering businesses supplying goods and services for babies and children are invited to book a stand at a Baby and Children’s Market being held at Harold Hill Community Centre on Saturday 18 June. See here for more information.

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Building better co-operative businesses

The Hive is a new business support programme from Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank, for people wanting to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises. See here for online resources, training and advice to help you build a better co-operative business.


Masterclass for social care providers

Havering Council is holding a free-to-attend Masterclass on workforce development for Adult Social Care providers on Friday 13 May, 10am – noon at Havering Town Hall. The event aims to build business sustainability. See here for more information and to book a place.

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Business Start Up Surgery

The Royal Bank of Scotland is holding a free-to-attend Business Start Up Surgery at its offices in Western Road, Romford on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July. Email Steven Elliott for more information.

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Vote for local businesses in Voom 2016

Two local entrepreneurs need your votes to get to the final 80 of Voom 2016 so they can pitch to Richard Branson for a share of £1 million worth of prizes.

Natasha Britton owns Purple Valentine at the Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford and is a local award winning business owner with a big plans to shake up the high street.

The second is Jenn Philpott who owns Born Ready based in Upminster, and has created an innovative new product called Flaparaps - unique nappies with no velcro, no poppers and no need to lie your baby down for nappy changes.  

Closing date for voting is Friday 23 May 2016 and see full details here.

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Transport for Business

Transport for London has launched a new Business Engagement website where you can find information on the support available for local employers to encourage their staff to be active, sustainable, and travel safely and efficiently. Click here for more information.

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Consolidating construction deliveries

Transport for London has published its first directory of construction consolidation centres in London. This is to help the construction logistics industry make efficient deliveries, helping to reduce construction costs and improve road congestion and air quality. See here for more details.

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Free advice for working mums

Havering-based solicitors, Pinney Talfourd, is supplying regular information about franchising to the Working Mums website. See here for more details.

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Units to rent ...

Romford Shopping Hall has units to rent on flexible terms with business rates and service charges included with prices starting from £250 per week.

... and opportunities for crafty people

There are also opportunities for local crafters to book a table at the regular craft events being held at Romford Shopping Hall. prices are £20 per day plus VAT.

Email Michelle Fitzgibbons for more information.

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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.