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News for businesses in Havering. Week ending Friday 24 February 2017.

New vision for Havering

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The Council’s new vision, ‘Havering – making a Greater London’, was agreed at the Council Tax meeting on 22 February.

Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of Havering Council said: "The vision is about embracing the best of what Havering has to offer, and how we as a borough can play an active role in the success of the whole of London." 

Councillor Roger Ramsey, the Leader of the Council, said: "Havering is one of London’s big opportunity areas, with fantastic communities, places, opportunities and connections and these are the four themes that the vision is focused on."

Their views were echoed by the Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:"With its excellent transport links into central London, extensive town centre regeneration and the highest concentration of green space anywhere in London, Havering has a unique offer as a place to live, work and visit.

"By making the most of its position and opportunities, Havering is becoming a hub for start-ups and expanding businesses, as well as construction, logistics, engineering and manufacturing industries."

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More customers, more revenue, more profits!

business networking

The Havering Business Network meets again on Thursday to discuss how to increase sales and grow a business.

Andy Linnet, the CEO of Pro-Actions Business Coaching & Support Ltd, will be sharing tips and advice on how to improve sales to win more business at the free event.

Havering Council will also discuss the proposed Local Plan, which identifies how land will be used and determines what will be built and where.  Businesses will have an opportunity to input into the Local Plan and hear some of the initiatives being proposed to build, attract and retain businesses.

The Havering Business Networking event is taking place on Thursday 2 March from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd Church Hall, 3 Redriff Road, Collier Row, Romford RM7 8HD. 

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Looking for affordable workspace?

Retailery work space

If you need a workspace there are a range of options across Havering. They include: 

1.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. 

2. The Retailery in Romford Market Place. It offers shared desk space (pictured above) with unlimited internet, locker space, and two hours free use of a meeting room, all for just £170 per month. The meeting room is also available at a reduced rate of £10 per hour for booking in March. Email

3. CEME has launched its brand new business centre for start-ups and small businesses looking to accelerate the growth of their companies. The Launchpad Centre,part of the CEME campus in Rainham, offers a mix of high quality co-working space (hot desks and fixed desks) and small office space to let. It also has in-built business support included from its resident entrepreneur. To find out more email

Are you paying your employees the right wage?

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The Department for Work and Pensions named and shamed over 350 employers who have failed to pay workers the National Living or Minimum wage. Don't get caught out!

Employers should remember that the National Minimum Wage and National Living  Wage is going up on 1 April. Check you are paying your employees correctly and be aware of the law for not paying the right wage. 


Free CPC training

CPC training

The next Safer Urban Driver training courses are on Wednesday 1 March at Havering Town Hall, Romford and Wednesday 15 March at CEME Innovation Centre, Rainham.

The 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 their premises (minimum of 16 drivers).

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Grants to help active travel

cycle helmet and hi viz

The deadline for applications from small businesses for a grant of up to £3,000 to implement measures to increase active travel (cycling and walking) is 31 March 2017. The grants include funding for lockers for cyclists and pool bikes. Contact for more details. Free bike storage is also available direct from Transport for London by joining their Cycling Workplaces scheme. 

HGV owners and drivers - have your say

Lorry traffic jam

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.

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Tax goes digital


Last month HMRC confirmed it will be going ahead with Making Tax Digital in April 2018 for landlords and sole traders. This means that all individuals and businesses need to face the reality of a new reporting process.

Making Tax Digital will use cloud software to submit quarterly information to HMRC, so all businesses will need to have their bookkeeping records on a cloud accounting package.

To register for a webinar about this on Friday 3 March from 11am to 12 midday contact or click below.

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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.

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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Tackling fraud

Barclays Bank are holding another cyber fraud event at the CEME Conference Centre on Thursday 9 March from 9.30am to 12 midday.

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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 hold regular breakfast networking meetings on the second Friday of each month at Havering Museum in Romford. 

Havering B-Hive geared towards start-up businesses meet at various locations around the borough on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9.30am. Informal networking with presentations and pitches.

The aim of the Havering Young Professionals Network is to give the youth of Havering's businesses a platform to grow and develop long lasting relationships, in their own way. Events are held monthly at various times and locations, with a blend of traditional business networking with a youthful twist.

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. 

Help is available

Emma Jones at business meeting

A woman who has started a plus size online network, a florist and an HR consultant are among our locally-based businesses to have already engaged in an intensive programme of start-up support.

A partnership between small business support group Enterprise Nation and Havering Council started in June last year and has already delivered more than 760 hours of support, including one-to-one consultations, online advice and regular workshops.

The partnership is offering free business growth support via workshops and advice clinics over the next 12 months for another 100 entrepreneurs looking for help.


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