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News for businesses in Havering. Week ending Friday 28 April 2017.

Highly commended

Small Business

Havering’s work to promote and support small businesses has been recognised as the borough was highly commended at a London awards ceremony.

Havering won its award at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards run by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, and the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses.

The award was made at a ceremony in central London with Sarah Moss (left) and Katrina Gilbert (right) of Havering Council's Economic Development team (pictured above) receiving their award, which was presented by the Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council. 

Havering Council was highly commended in this category for its comprehensive programme of support, including over 1,500 advice sessions to small and medium sized businesses, 40 workshops and network meetings, and an intensive programme of support for the construction industry.


Making it big in business

Rainham Library 15 Sep 2016

The next Havering Business Network will take place on Wednesday 24 May, at Rainham Library, 6 Celtic Farm Road, Rainham RM13 9GP at 5.30 pm.

The theme will be "How to make it big in business". Mac Robertson, Managing Partner from Haines Watts will be speaking about the business challenges he has faced. 

Mac is the Managing Partner of Haines Watts’s Hornchurch office – an ambitious and growing local business in its own right. While he has considerable experience as an accountant, he is renowned for helping aspirational business owners achieve their ambitions.

He supports business owners with tackling tough business challenges so that they are able to improve profitability, achieve sustainable growth and build the longer-term value of their business.

The Havering Business Network sessions are free and open to all businesses that have an interest in Havering; whether established, a start-up or someone with a business idea. The aim is to support the growth of businesses by providing networking opportunities, expert business speakers, and facilitating discussion around key issues and challenges.

Please note that the closest parking is at Tesco Rainham, which is a 5 minute walk from the Library.  Alternatively, Rainham station is adjacent to the Library and is on a major bus route.

Book your place

Licensing Act changes

Changes have been made to the Licensing Act 2003.

From the 6 April 2017 only people who have the right to work in the UK will be able to apply for a premises licence or a personal licence. Havering Council as the Licensing Authority will be required to check the eligibility to work so the application forms on our website have been amended.

Also from 1 April it is an offence to buy alcohol fro onward sale or supply from an unapproved UK wholesaler. Any business buying alcohol from a UK wholesaler will need to check that their wholesaler has been approved by HMRC under the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme.


Great opportunity

Havering Show 2017 logo

This year’s Havering Show will take place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August) and as usual will be free for people to attend. Last year around 50,000 people enjoyed the event.

Becoming a sponsor of the Havering Show not only gives your business access to the large number of people who attend the event, but your business name will feature on all the event's promotional material – giving your brand the potential to reach thousands more, both inside and outside of the borough.

To find out more email Nicola Bowen:


Havering College ad

Looking for an event venue to hire in East London/Essex?

Havering College has a range of fantastic spaces available to hire including conference rooms, exhibition spaces, performance spaces, dance and recording studios.


Business Show May 2017

The Business Show 2017 is just a few weeks away. The show guide has just been released and it is jam packed with everything at this year's show to help you prepare for an epic couple of days. With a world-class speaker line-up, 170 interactive masterclasses, 350 unique exhibitors, 250 seminars, and much more, the show has something for everyone. 

It all happens at ExCeL, London on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 May amd complimentary tickets are available.  


Just don't sit on it!

On your feet banner

Wiggle it, waggle it, move it, groove it, just don't sit on it! That's the message from the OnyourfeetBritain campaign.

Take a stand for workplace health, Challenge yourself to sit less and move more at work this Friday.


miles the mole

Networking in Havering

network meeting

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 Collier Row Business Network Forum holds a number of workshops, and seminars throughout the year and is a chance to network with other local Collier Row businesses. The Forum is for all businesses including sole traders and home businesses to discuss and support each other. 

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. 

New Thames crossing

The route for the Lower Thames Crossing was announced last week and many Havering residents, businesses and landlords are concerned about the decrease in value of their properties, particularly in Ockendon and Orsett. Pinney Talfourd has been working in conjunction with local property agents to provide advice if your property has been blighted by these plans. If you are concerned that you may be affected please contact Pinney Talfourd on 01708 229444.


Liquids campaign 2017