New opportunities for aspiring businesses, station improvements and more


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday 28 October 2016

Diary Dates

Havering Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm: 

24 November - "Open for Business, Are you ready to win?" A procurement event hosted by London Borough of Havering, in partnership with BIZphit, East London Business Place and Enterprise Nation.

    8 December - celebrating Havering businesses

      2 March 2017 - sales and growth for local businesses

      Havering Women in Business will be meeting at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL, on 25 January 2017 -  with the topic being skills, apprenticeships and training.

      For more information on any of these events email: 

      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.

      Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry (  holds regular breakfast networking meetings on the second Friday of each month at Havering Museum in Romford. 

      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

      Please check group websites for latest information. 


      Free CPC training

      Next courses - Thursday 10 & Wednesday 23 November & Wednesday 7 December at Havering Town Hall & CEME Innovation Centre, Rainham

      This one day Safer Urban Driver training course educates drivers about road safety in relation to vulnerable road users, including cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.

      Drivers can register for free places on the CPC accredited courses, or businesses can book a free course for drivers at the training course for their drivers at their premises (minimum 16 drivers).

      To find out more or book a  course click here.

      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.

      Check your notes!

      The Bank of England is encouraging retailers to check banknotes over the festive period when the risk of counterfeit banknotes being passed increases. See their video here.

      Great British High Street

      Vote for Romford!

      Romford town centre has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards. You can vote for Romford in the London category here.


      Well done to Pinney Talfourd. They were recommended in ten categories of the Legal 500 UK 2016 annoucements, the legal profession's equivalent of Oscar nominations for the film business. These categories included Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Commercial Property, Property Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Debt Recovery lists, as well as being named the leading Family Law team in Havering and Brentwood.

      Julien Pritchard, Stephen Eccles and Alex Pearce were personally recommended from Pinney Talfourd's  Commercial teams, whilst Catherine Polli and Sebastian Burrows come recommended from their Family Law team.

      Ladies lunch

      Saint Francis Hospice are holding a Ladies Lunch with guest speaker renowned broadcaster and journalist Kate Adie OBE.  

      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. 

      New in Romford....

      Café Della Terra are opening a branch in the Mercury Mall. 

      The chain has been operating in Italy for nearly 100 years. After a successful launch in Fuerteventura three years ago they are opening their first UK venture in Romford. In Italy the chain is known as the Italian Starbucks, and the Italian version of Masterchef often features in the chain.  The store will be selling everything from coffee and smoothies through to pizza and pasta. They also have a revolutionary ordering system which includes ordering and paying by phone with delivery to your table.

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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.

      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.

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      New opportunities for aspiring businesses

      Makers Market

      Havering has a secret army of makers, bakers and artisans producing a fantastic array of homemade and handmade products and there's an opportunity to sell them at the Makers Market held in Romford Market from 30 November - 3 December. The event culminates on Small Business Saturday. To find out more or apply for a pitch go to If you know someone who you think could benefit by being involved with the Makers Market please send in their details.

      men at computer

      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.

      The Retailery takes shape

      The Retailery Oct 2016

      The Retailery, a new place for makers, doers and thinkers is taking shape in Romford Market Place. Find out more about this exciting new hub for start up businesses with a particular focus on entrepreneurs looking to start trading in Romford Market.

      See or call 07801 575435. 

      Best of the best showcased

      Havering Business Awards 2016 2

      The best of the best were showcased as 32 shortlisted finalists and hundreds of business people packed into the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham to find out who won what at this year's Havering Business Awards. See the full list of the winners and pictures from the night here

      StartUp bus stops in Romford

      StartUp Britain bus

      On Friday 14 October the StartUp Britain Bus visited Romford market, as part of its London Bus Tour and was visited by dozens of budding entreprenuers and small local businesses.

      Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager for Natwest said: “People don’t view bank branches as places to get advice so every day I go out to give the next generation of entrepreneurs advice on how to set up and grow businesses. Our visit to Romford was part of a ten day tour of London boroughs that we selected based on their interest in supporting budding entrepreneurs.”

      Ardleigh Green bridge replacement road closure

      There will be a London bound closure this Sunday and full road closure from 4-7 November.

      As part of the on-going bridge replacement project there will be a full closures on the A127 on Friday 4 November from 9pm until 6am on Monday 7 November while TfL demolishes the section of the bridge on the Essex-bound carriageway of the road.

      The road will be closed in both directions from Gallows Corner in the west, up to the Ardleigh Green Road/Squirrels Heath Road junction in the east. A signed vehicle diversion will be in place during the closure.

      The entrance from Bryant Avenue to the A127 will remain closed to traffic and the exit will remain closed for approximately nine months. Completion of the works is estimated to be at the end of December 2017.

      Check live traffic news before you start your journey to keep up-to-date and avoid disruption. Call 0207 222 5600 for all enquiries or email

      Gidea Park station improvements

      Gidea Park visualisation Oct 2016

      Havering Council, in partnership with Transport for London, has unveiled plans to transform Gidea Park station as part of a series of major improvements on the eastern section of the Crossrail route between Stratford and Shenfield.

      ​Businesses who use the station are invited to take part in a public consultation to express their views on the proposals that runs from 4 - 23 November at Gidea Park Library, Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, RM2 6BS.

      Officers from the Council will be in attendance from 10am-2pm on Friday 11 November 2016 and between 4 and 8pm on Thursday 17 November 2016 and will be available to answer any questions. Work on the project is expected to commence in the Spring of 2017.

      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.

      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.

      Have your say

      The Mayor of London has launched the second phase of consultation on proposals to improve air quality in London.

      He is now seeking views on the Emissions Surcharge proposal (a £10 daily charge for cars, vans, minibuses and heavy vehicles driving in Central London that do not meet the emissions standardss mostly for vehicles registered in 2005 and older) and options for enhancing the Ultra Low Emission Zone including extending it up to the North Circular Road.

      Please visit the TfL website for further detailed information about the proposals.

      Be careful out there!

      Trudi Penman, Havering Council's Licensing Manager writes...There has been some emails flying around in licensing circles over the last couple of weeks regarding bogus licensing officers who have been  demanding  cash  payments for annual  fees. Please be aware that council officers will always be happy to show their ID and will never take cash payments. If in doubt, ask to see their ID or call Havering Council to check that the person asking you for a fee is genuine.

      Mercury Mall movie

      Death Walks still

      Lastly, three years ago the Mercury Mall designed a community film project to make "Death Walks" a zombie horror film shot in the centre. The film is the first genuine zero budget movie and over 700 local people devoted time to the project. This Saturday, Death Walks is showing in Leicester Square as part of the British Horror Film Festival. See more here and watch the movie trailer!

      The film is up for five awards: best film, best score, the British horror award, best supporting actor and actress. We wish them well.