Opportunities for aspiring businesses, station improvements and more


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday 18 November 2016

Diary Dates

Havering Business Network Events

Thursdays at 5.30pm: 

    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: businessdevelopment@havering.gov.uk 

      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 (www.hcci.org.uk)  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 - Monday 16 January, Thursday 16 February and Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Havering Town Hall, Romford. Thursday 26 January, Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 15 March 2017 at CEME Innovation Centre, Rainham.

      This one day Safer Urban Driver training course educates drivers about road safety in relation to cyclists and pedestrians, including a bike ride where they experience life on London's roads as a cyclist.

      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).

      Find out more information and book on a course here.  

      Understand the Autumn Statement

      Local chartered accountants and business advisers Kingston Smith are holding a free seminar following the Chancellor's  Autumn statement later this month.

      It will be hosted on Wednesday 7th December at The Havering Museum and is aimed at predominantly at property developers and investors.  

      For more information and bookings click here.

      Ready to tender?

      Havering Council has been working with its partners and its Voluntary and Community Sector in order to re-design services for adults needing social care and support in Havering.

      Havering Council is inviting providers of services to market warming events on Thursday 1 December 2-5pm and Monday 12 December 3-5pm at Havering Town Hall to hear about the services the council will be commissioning, and inviting providers to tender for, in the coming months. 

      You only need to book onto one session. Places are limited. If you are a Care Network member, book online on the portal. If you are not a member, please email ASCStrategyCommissioning@havering.gov.uk to book your place.  

      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.

      Hornchurch Cracker event

      Oh yes you can?

      You don’t need a fairy godmother to join Cinderella pantomime characters at The Hornchurch Christmas Cracker event tomorrow (Saturday 19 November). From 2pm to 5pm, Hornchurch Town Centre will host festive events with some Elfy fun for youngsters, circus performers, and the Havering Haverettes. Characters from the Queen’s Theatre Pantomime Cinderella will switch on the Christmas tree lights at 5pm.

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      New opportunities for aspiring businesses

      An event hosted by Havering Council, in partnership with BIZphit, East London Business Place and Enterprise Nation titled "Open for Business, are you ready to win?" is being held on Thursday (24 November).

      Local firms are being encouraged to tap the expertise of a number of business support organisations at a free event designed to encourage them to bid for, and win, local government and public sector work.

      The early evening event starts at 5.30pm. Emma Jones MBE from Enterprise Nation (pictured above), the recently appointed Small Business Crown Representative, will be giving the key note speech at the event. Emma commented: "I've seen at first hand that the Borough of Havering has an impressive and ambitious small business community. Helping them get involved with the kind of Government contracts that are available to them locally is vitally important - and there's never been a better time to sell to government with a target to spend £1 in every £3 with small businesses by 2020. This event will introduce businesses to buyers and experts who can help you get tender ready.”

      To book a place at this free event please register at https://haveringopenforbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk.

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      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 www.romfordevents.co.uk. If you know someone who you think could benefit by being involved with the Makers Market please send in their details.

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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.

      Retailery Nov 2016

      The Retailery opens its doors

      The Retailery, a new place for makers, doers and thinkers officially opens in Romford Market Place tomorrow (Saturday 19 November). 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 www.retailery.co.uk or call 07801 575435. 

      The Retailery was also the venue on Tuesday 15 November for the launch of the new Romford Town Management Partnership. This group is a new not-for-profit business-led organisation that has been formed to represent the needs of the Romford town centre business community. The group will be leading on the development of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Romford Town Centre. To find out more go to www.romfordtmp.co.uk or check out the Romford BIC website here.

      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 until 23 November at Gidea Park Library, Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, RM2 6BS. Work on the project is expected to commence in the Spring of 2017.

      Disability Confident Jobs Fair

      Jobs fair

      The Council's Economic Development team and Job Centre Plus held a very successful Disability Confident jobs fair at the Town Hall on 10 November.

      84 disabled job seekers people attended and had access to a number of employers and support services including Breyer Group, Babcock, and the Civil Service and organisations such as Richmond Fellowship, Havering Adult College, Havering Independent Living were also present to provide support and training to job seekers. This generated a possible 143 opportunities for those seeking jobs and/or training. 

      61% of job seekers reported that the event was good or excellent so a larger scale event is now being considered.

      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 standards 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 tfl.gov.uk/airquality-consultation for further detailed information about the proposals. The consultation closes on 18 December.

      And finally.....

      If you are feeling festive don't miss the Christmas at the Queen's event – taking place on Tuesday 6 December. It's a lively Christmas sing-along at the Queen's Theatre with all proceeds going to charity.

      Xmas at the Queen's