Opportunities for businesses to grow, network, or benefit from free training.


Business Briefing

News and information for businesses from Havering Council

Week ending Friday 23 December 2016

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 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.

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

Romford Makerspace Meetup is a twice monthly meetup to share ideas and plan ahead. If you are a maker, a 3d print enthusiast, into robotics, or just like tinkering with electronics and technology and you are close to Romford, and you are interested in meeting similar people locally, then this is the group for you.

WordPress meetups are the chance for all WordPress users (and those who want to know more about WordPress) to get together and discuss various aspects of designing, developing and marketing WordPress websites and blogs.  Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6pm at The Retailery, in Romford's Market Place.

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.  

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.

Business units to rent

The Romford Shopping Hall has two vacant units – one for £300 per week and another for £250 per week with business rates and service charges included. Call Michelle 01708 740492 for further details.

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Get seen by 117,000 email newsletter subscribers

Havering Council's email updates are proving popular with more than 117,000 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.

Retailery Nov 2016

The Retailery is open

The Retailery, a new place for makers, doers and thinkers is now open 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 by clicking here.          .

Aerial view of Brook Street roundabout

Investment to cut congestion at key roundabout

Highways England is holding a public consultation on proposals to improve the traffic flow around the Brook Street roundabout at the A12/M25 intersection.

The plans to create a new slip road for traffic travelling northbound on the M25 and looking to head east to Essex using the A12 are designed to reduce traffic flow around the roundabout. They are part of Highways England’s £2.2 billion investment programme in strategic roads in the South East of England.

View the options here.

The consultation ends on Friday 6 January.

Rail Academy launch

Specialist Rail Training Acadmey officially opens

On 6 December 2016, Havering College and CAT 1 Safety Training Ltd officially launched their Rail Training Academy with the help of Mr Iain Duncan Smith, MP and Cllr Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering.

The courses, which are based at Havering College’s Quarles Campus, last just 5 weeks and offer a guaranteed job interview for successful learners. They are designed to equip learners with the basic skills needed to gain sustainable employment in the rail sector. 84% of participants are now in full time employment within the rail industry.

The programme has also received support from Network Rail and Rainham based, Plant & Logistics.


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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, meeting rooms from only £15 per hour ranging from 20-100 people in capacity plus a supportive community. 


Christmas at Queens 2016

Christmas at the Queen's Theatre 

Pinney Talfourd once again teamed up with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch earlier this month to host Christmas at the Queen’s – a lively free sing along event for the whole community.

The charity raffle and generous donations raised £2,061 in aid of the Queens Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s charity of the year ‘MNDA (South Essex branch)’. Local businesses rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes from champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a teeth whitening treatment! Funds raised are divided equally between the two charities.

Xmas rubbish

Christmas & New Year rubbish collections

There will be no bulky waste collections from 26 December 2016 - 6 January 2017 inclusive.

Rubbish and recycling collections will run as normal up to and including Friday 23 December 2016.


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