One year until a major improvement to rail services in Havering, tickets now on sale for the big celebration of local businesses, and loads of networking opportunities

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News for businesses in Havering. 22 December 2017.

One year to go...

New Elizabeth line escalators

It's now just one year to go until the beginning of Elizabeth line services that will transform travel across London. 

Elizabeth line services will be introduced in phases, with the central London stations opening in December 2018.

From December 2018, the line will initially operate as three services: 

  • Liverpool Street (mainline station) to Shenfield
  • Paddington (Elizabeth line station) to Abbey Wood via central London
  • Paddington (mainline station) to Heathrow (Terminals 2 & 3 and 4)

Fifteen trains per hour will run through the new tunnels, increasing to 24 trains per hour through the central section by May 2019.

From December 2019, customers from the three Elizabeth line stations in Havering (Harold Wood, Gidea Park and Romford) will be able to travel all the way through to the West End and Heathrow without needing to change. To mark the countdown, Transport for London has released a December 2018 Tube map with the Elizabeth line displayed. Its inclusion will be among the most significant changes to the look of the Tube map in recent decades. 

Elizabeth line customers will benefit from brand new, longer trains with walk-through air-conditioned carriages, live travel information and free Wi-Fi. All 41 stations will be step-free from street to platform.  


Celebrate and be inspired

HBA dinner

Over 60 businesses across the borough have entered the prestigious Havering Business Awards which will take place on Thursday 8 February 2018.

Tickets for the awards ceremony at CEME Conference Centre in Rainham are on sale now.

You can expect fabulous entertainment, pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner with wine plus an opportunity to network with other Havering businesses.

Get tickets

Fly-tip operation in Aveley saves thousands of pounds

Fly tipping truck seizure Dec 2017

Havering Council has joined forces with neighbouring boroughs and other partners in clamping down on fly-tippers.

Based on intelligence gathered on vehicles and people involved in organised fly-tipping, the operation, targeted a site on Aveley Road earlier this week.


Boosting productivity

Govt industrial strategy 2017

The government’s modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK, setting out how it intends to build a Britain fit for the future.

It aims to boost productivity and earning power across the country by focusing on the five foundations of productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places.


Being smart about travel

Cycle confident training course

There are lots of ways Havering Council's Smarter Travel Team can help your business. Here are a couple:

Free Driver CPC Training – Attending these fully accredited driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training courses contributes a full day towards the 35 hours Driver CPC training that professional drivers need to complete every five years.

Small Grants for Business – apply for a grant worth up to £3000 to help you increase active travel (cycling and walking) at your business.

Please contact Martin Day for more details.

Happy Christmas...


....and all best wishes for a prosperous year of business in Havering in 2018.

Networking in Havering

Business networking

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 third Thursday of each month at 9.30am. It includes informal networking with presentations and pitches.

Havering Young Professionals Network aim 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 7 - 8.30am.

BNI Valour chapter meets each Tuesday morning at Thames Gateway YMCA, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0PH from 7 - 8.30am.

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. 

4N networking group meets every fortnight at Liberty Bell, Mercury Gardens, Romford, RM1 3EN on Thursdays from 8 - 10am.

ebn Upminster and Hornchurch group meets at Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL from 8 - 10am on alternate Tuesdays.

Romford Makerspace Meetup Are you are a maker, a 3D print enthusiast, or into robotics? Do you like tinkering with electronics and technology? Then, this is the group for you. Join in a twice monthly meet-up to share ideas. 

WordPress meetups are the chance for  WordPress users to get together and discuss various aspects of designing, developing and marketing WordPress websites and blogs. Meeting on the third Tuesday of every month from 6pm at The Retailery, in Romford's Market Place.

Your Business Community has recently launched a breakfast networking event taking place every two weeks on a Wednesday. The event is held at the Liberty Bell in Romford starting at 8am. On-site parking is free. The group is a SME support organisation providing a comprehensive range of membership benefits.

Check group websites for latest info.