Digital business secrets, advice for budding entrepreneurs, and key networking events

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News for businesses in Havering. Week ending Friday 26 May 2017.

Learn about digital business at TECHVENT

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TECHVENT is an unmissable event showcasing the latest digital inventions revolutionising the business world. The free event is at CEME, the home of innovation, on Monday 19 June 2017.

See show-stopping demonstrations. Hear from industry-leading speakers discussing the fast-moving landscape. Discover hot trends likely to transform the market and business tips that will put you ahead.

The event includes free refreshments, including a sandwich lunch.

Visit CEME Launchpad Centre, a new high-spec, affordable co-working and small office space for MET sector businesses. Designed to nurture and grow young businesses, Launchpad’s focus is bringing companies together and helping them survive and thrive through their formative years.


Businesses celebrate Riverside BID

BID3 Cake

Businesses gathered at CEME to celebrate the success of the BID3 renewal ballot. The ballot means that the Riverside BID will continue for its third five year term. The event, held on Thursday 11 May 2017, included speeches from Ilker Dervish, Riverside BID Chair, and Tom Ashby, CEME's Commercial Director. There was also a presentation from SEGRO  PLC on their plans for SEGRO Park Rainham.


Havering Start-Up Programme

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According to research from AXA, “a record number of entrepreneurs (40%) started a business based on their hobby in 2016”.  

To help budding entrepreneur we provide a free business support and advice service to anyone who lives in Havering or is looking to start their business in Havering.

Starting from 22 June, Enterprise Nation will be continuing our programme of workshops and webinars, including getting tender ready.


Marketing for Growth and an Intro to Social Media

Adult training class

Pro-Actions, in partnership with Havering Council and Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are pleased to offer this free business seminar to anyone who is interested in learning the best ways to promote your business and achieve a return on your investment. The event is on Wednesday 7 June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.



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Are you a start up business looking to work in a thriving hub? The Retailery in Market Place, Romford, has a range of member packages to suit start-ups and early stage businesses looking for a workspace.


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Protect yourself online

Worried about cyber security following the hacking of the NHS computer system?  Pinney Talfourd has issued some guidance for companies looking to protect themselves online.


Employment Tax Seminar

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Kingston Smith is hosting a free seminar on Thursday 29 June from 5.30pm at Havering Museum, Romford.  This session has been designed to help and advise businesses facing the challenges of tax compliance in today’s changing environment.  HMRC expect every employer to be compliant with the law and this is the ideal opportunity to check that your business is best placed to avoid the inevitable consequences of getting it wrong.


TfL Air Quality Consultation

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Transport for London is consulting on measures to improve air quality in London. This is your chance to have your say on these proposals.


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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 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

Are you are a maker, a 3D print enthusiast, or into robotics? Do you like tinkering with electronics and technology? Are you are close to Romford, and interested in meeting similar people locally? Then, this is the group for you.  Join in a twice monthly meetup to share ideas and plan ahead. 

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.