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News for businesses in Havering. Week ending Friday 27 January 2017.

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Steve Moore, Havering Council's Director of Neighbourhoods, and Neil Stubbings, Director of Housing, attended the Quarterly Business Network meeting at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham on Thursday 8 December to talk to businesses about a new vision for Havering. See a short clip of what Steve had to say at the event.

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Are you looking for affordable workspace?

Workery Rainham

The Workary@Rainham offers affordable co-working office space with high-speed Wi-Fi and unlimited free tea and coffee at a convenient location. Just two minutes from Rainham train station (C2C line), this space provides fixed and flexi desk space, breakout space and meeting rooms. 


Tax planning seminar

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Kingston Smith are holding a tax planning seminar on the evening of Tuesday 7 February at the Havering Museum, High Street Romford.

Find out more about their top tips for pre-year end tax planning for owner managed businesses, with the aim of effectively minimising your tax liability and preparing for the year ahead.
Leanne Curry
01708 759 759 

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Support your local makers, doers and thinkers in Romford

Retailery Nov 2016

Whether you're grabbing a quick bite or looking for a special gift for that certain someone,The Retailery could be right up your street.

The first of its kind in Romford, it's a business incubator with a twist offering shopping, dining and service experience in the heart of Romford.

February Business Events

02 February – Website Workshop

16 February – Help! I Need Insurance

February Customer Events

17 February – Board of Dating?

18 February – Open Mic


Free CPC training

CPC training

Next courses -  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). 

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Pioneer 10

2017 Pioneer 10 Programme

Pioneer 10 has helped more than 4,000 businesses to grow. Now is your chance to be a next generation business and discover innovative new ways of thinking and doing.

The Pioneer 10 CEME programme is operated by Oxford Innovation, and based at CEME Innovation Centre in Rainham. All online support and initial, offline start-up support is free to all local businesses.Take charge and join the programme.


HGV owners and drivers - have your say

TfL are holding the first in a series of consultations on proposals to implement a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). The DVS aims to address the issue of HGV and vulnerable road user safety in London.

The DVS uses a zero to five ‘star rating’ system to categorise HGVs based on how much a driver can see directly from the cab without using cameras or mirrors. Under the proposal ‘zero star rated’ HGVs would be banned or restricted from London’s roads by 2020, and only HGVs rated three stars and above would be allowed from 2024.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Have your say

Sustainable Care Havering launch

Best practice masterclass for care providers

As part of the Sustainable Care in Havering Project, Havering Council are running Masterclasses open to all providers who are seeking to understand more about how to make their business thrive and become sustainable.

Date: Friday 10 February 2017

Time: 10.30am-1.30pm (coffee available at 10am for a prompt 10.30am start).

Venue: Room CR3A/B in Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford.

To book your place email:

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Business Engagement Activities

The Business Development Team at Havering Council provide a range of free business engagement activities. Each meeting will equip delegates with new tools and ideas for running your businesses, and will provide business-to business networking opportunities.

Havering Business Networkingto provide businesses and social enterprises who have an interest in Havering with a unique opportunity to engage with Havering Council.

The Church of the Good Shepherd (church hall), Collier Row, RM5 3BA

Thursday 2 March: Sales & Growth for Local Businesses 5.30 to 8.30pm  held at – Book here.

Networking in Havering

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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

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.

Check group websites for latest info. 

Lindsay Hondebrink

Lindsay Hondebrink is Havering Council's new Interim Business Development Manager. She was Head of Enterprise at SEMLEP, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, with responsibility for enterprise, skills and delivery of its European Structural Investment Fund Programme.

Prior to this she worked at Bedford Borough Council for 5 years as its Economic Development Manager with responsibility for the Regeneration Unit. Lindsay looks forward to working with you to support business development activity across Havering.