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News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday 16 September 2016

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Havering Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm:       

Please note that the event planned for Thursday 22 September has been postponed. A new date, likely to be at the end of November, will be announced in the October edition of this newsletter. 

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  holds regular breakfast club meetings. No registration required. For more details please contact Barry Hicks on 01708 560066.

Please check group websites for latest information. 

Master Class 15 Sep 2016

As part of the Sustainable Care in Havering Project, Havering Council are running a series of free Master Classes open to all care providers (both residential and domicillary) who are seeking to understand more about how to make their business thrive and become sustainable. The second Master Class was held at Rainham Library on 15 September and attended by more than 20 care providers (pictured above).  

The session helped senior staff at care providers understand the importance of marketing and brand awareness, return on investment measures and examined compliance requirements and how these can be implemented operationally. 

If you are interested in joining the project to receive customised support for your business and are either based, or deliver services within Havering you can apply to join the project.  It's a great opportunity for Adult Social Care Providers in Havering to join a one-year business support programme aimed at increasing your business productivity and efficiency through expert business advice and workforce planning support. The project has access to experienced consultants who have sector specific knowledge and are able to work with your business on an individual basis.

There are only 5 places available so please submit your application as soon as possible! Please email or telephone 01708 432567 for details of the project and an application form.

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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.

Thinking of selling your business?

The sale or disposal of a valuable asset, such as a business you’ve dedicated years to building, is a delicate matter.

Kingston Smith are hosting a free seminar in collaboration with Barclays on Tuesday 11 October at 5.30pm in the Havering Museum in the High Street in Romford to outline the key issues business owners should consider before and during the sales process, what options are available for investment, possible tax implications and financial planning for the future.

To book your place please click 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.

The Hive

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. The mix of online resources, advice and training can help you build a better co-operative business. Find out more here. 

Tips on securing funding

Innovate UK have 5 tips to secure funding for start-ups and small businesses. They have also produced an excellent video, providing some great tips for budding entrepreneurs and start ups. See that video here.

Up for an award?

The Growing Business Awards (GBAs) is an independent awards programme run in association with the Confederation of British Industry. The awards celebrate the achievements of the UK's innovative high-growth businesses. However, it is not just well-established companies that the GBA honours; the awards also welcome applications from new, innovative businesses.The 2016 GBA awards are sponsored by Amazon.

The deadline for entering the 2016 awards is just around the corner, well Friday 23 September to be precise! You can get all the details here.


During September the Government's Exporting is Great campaign  will be championing export opportunities in fashion to tie in with this month's fashion weeks including:

  • London Fashion Week - September 16 - 20, 2016
  • Milan Fashion Week - September 21 - 27, 2016
  • Paris Fashion Week - September 27 - Oct. 5, 2016

If you are in the fashion business you can join in by:

  • Using the #ExportingisGREAT hashtag on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and elsewhere
  • Sharing facts and figures and photographs of companies selling products and providing services in the fashion sector or in China using #ExportingisGREAT
  • Share opportunities for companies in fashion or China overseas
  • Retweet content from @GCSLondonSE @tradegovuk @tradegovuk_LSE

Don't get caught out!

With cyber crime in the news on an almost daily basis it’s important to understand how you can take steps to protect yourself and your business from the threats. Barclays Bank are hosting a cyber security seminar on Wednesday 28 September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Barking Enterprise Centre, 50 Cambridge Road, Barking IG11 8FG.

Register now for free here.  

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Havering Council's email updates are proving popular with almost 116,000 subscribers, including around 10,000 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 advertising your business in our email updates please email Joanne Yeomans.

Havering Business Awards 2016 2

32 shortlisted finalists are eagerly looking forward to Friday 7 October when they find out if they are a Havering Business Award winner at a glittering gala evening held at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham. The Awards are only possible thanks to the generous support of the event’s sponsors who not only provide financial backing for the event but provide key staff to assist in the judging process.

SEGRO is the sponsor of the Small Business of the Year award and their Partnerships Development Manager Neil Impiazzi said; “As a developer and owner of modern industrial space, we are very passionate about supporting the growth of businesses, from small start-ups to major corporates. As a judge, it was a real pleasure to meet local residents that had focused their passion into creating a business. Talented, hard-working and innovative is how I would describe the award applicants. In my mind, they are all winners.”

Meet all the businesses involved with the Awards, congratulate the winners as they receive their accolade.Be there when the winners receive their awards! You can purchase tickets at £80 (+VAT). This includes live entertainment, canapé reception, and a 3 course meal. You can book your tickets here.

If you would like to advertise in the awards programme please contact Joanne Yeomans.

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Meet at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL, on:

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Things are set to change in Romford Market Place. Havering Council and its partners have a vision to transform Romford Market.

A £3.1 Million programme has been developed by Havering Council in partnership with the Mayor of London, that’s designed to see the historic Romford Market return to the heart of the community. It will also provide the features that other successful town squares provide including a place where people can meet, eat, shop and relax and where our local businesses can test out ideas as well as having strong, well-known traders offering high quality produce that will retain current customers and attract new ones. 

Some things will always stay the same – the proud heritage and theatre of the Market, the vista of the historic St. Edward the Confessor Church, and the stories of generations of families who have met, socialised and shopped there. Over the coming weeks there will be an opportunity for everyone to have their say on the plans for the redevelopment of Romford Market. Plans and designs will be exhibited in the Market and online.

The run up to Christmas at Romford Market is set to be exciting for businesses and visitors alike, with events and promotions designed to bring in new customers, increase footfall and raise awareness of local businesses. From mid-October until Christmas Eve, events will include Apple Day, an Italian Market, ‘Country Comes to Town’ week, a Gingerbread Market, and a celebration of Small Business Saturday. Live music, talks and showcase events will take place in a large exciting inflatable cube marquee. If you would like to get involved, fill in the online application:

Start up Britain

On Friday 14 October the StartUp Britain Bus will be visiting Romford market, as part of its London Bus Tour.The aim of the bus is to give free, impartial advice to people thinking about, or in the process of starting a business.  The bus will be in Romford Market from 9am until 4.30pm.

StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading business-people to unleash entrepreneurship across the UK. The campaign is run by the Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank, supported by NatWest & sponsored by 123 Reg. Founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched in March 2011 by the Prime Minister, StartUp Britain is completely private sector funded, and was launched in response to the government’s call for an ‘enterprise led’ recovery.

Rainham Library 15 Sep 2016
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Are you looking for affordable workspace?

The Workary at Rainham Library is in a central location just two minutes from the train station, offers high speed Wi-Fi, unlimited free tea and coffee with fixed, flexi and breakout space plus a supportive community.  Email here for more details.

Supply Chain Academy - free events

The Supply Chain Academy are holding a series of local free events sponsored by Uniserve, the largest privately owned international logistics and freight company in the UK who are based in Upminster. Upcoming dates include:

Thurs 29 September: 8am - 10am ‘Cereal’ Networking – Breakfast event (Free) Theme: Master Communication: Effective Communication in the Supply Chain. Booking:

    Thurs 27 October: 2pm – 5pm Leaders Wine Club (Free)Theme: LNP China – Doing business in China. Booking:

      Events are held at the Supply Chain Academy, 133 Hall Lane, Upminster RM14 1AL.

        Innovation Gateway

        Four leading UK companies, RBS, Heathrow Airport, Carillion and Sainsbury's, are looking for innovations focused on Metering and Analytics, Site Level Energy Resilience, Waste and Recycling Segregation and Workers long-term Health and Well-being across their property estates. 

        Join the Innovation Gateway today to:

        Pitch to Buyers
        Opportunities to trial your innovation on the estates of RBS, Sainsbury's, Carillion and Heathrow Airport.

        Connect with the Right People
        Make connections with key stakeholders and collaborate with 1,100+ members that will benefit your business and profile your innovation.

        Gain Profile
        Feature your innovation, access to tools and expert advice and attend a workshop to boost your business profile. 

        SMEs, entrepreneurs and inventors in the UK and Ireland, with pioneering resource efficiency ideas, may apply. The deadline for applications to be received is 30 September 2016. If you have any questions please contact Niccolo Roveda, Community Manager at or on 01865 597647. 

        Freight in the City Expo 2016 

        Does your business have goods and services delivered by road? Then visit this year’s Freight in the City Expo, taking place on Wednesday 2 November at London’s Alexandra Palace. Find out how your procurement decisions can improve the efficiency of your business, help reduce congestion and improve safety and air quality.

        London's Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross will give the keynote speech, covering how freight fits into Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans for the Capital.
        Register now for this free event with a full-day programme focusing on the challenges of delivering goods into increasingly congested city centres and best practice in clean, safe and quiet urban deliveries.

        Thames Chase Trust: Catering at the Forest Centre

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        Expressions of Interest are invited for operating the catering service at the Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS.

        Interested parties should contact the Trust either by email to or by telephone on 01708 642970 between 10 am and 4 pm by Friday 23 September 2016. 

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        Saint Francis Hospice are holding a Ladies Lunch with guest speaker renowned broadcaster and journalist Kate Adie OBE. Kate became a household name as BBC Chief News Reporter, covering the Gulf War. Kate was known as a trailblazer, breaking new ground with her approach to reporting from the frontline and changing attitudes towards woman working in a predominately male domain. 

        The lunch will be held at The Gold Room, Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS on Monday 14 November at 12 noon.Tickets are £70 per person. To book or find out more email Lauren Josman or call Anne Brown on 01708 771412. 

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