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News for businesses in Havering. April 2018.

Help to get a lease

Growth Hub 2018

Small and medium sized businesses in London can still take advantage of free expert mentoring sessions and masterclasses concerning commercial property leases.  

The programme offers a series of free masterclasses and one-to-one sessions for SMEs who are looking to enter in to, or renew, a commercial property lease. There is no cost to access the advice. Funded by the GLA, and delivered by Nwes, on behalf of the London Growth Hub, the programme offers free online articles, podcasts and videos covering matters related to commercial property leases.


Feel safe Friday banned from one

Catch up and get up to date on data

CEME exterior

The Annual London Riverside BID Breakfast Event will be held at the CEME Innovation Centre on Thursday 3 May from 8.30 -10 am.

It's a chance to catch up with fellow business owners and the Riverside BID Board, and for an update by Barclays Bank on the imminent arrival of the General Data Protection Regulations which come into force on 25 May.

To book a place please contact

Space for your business

Retailery Mar 2017

Office space is available at The Retailery, central Romford. 

  • £125 a month for one person (open plan)
  • £250 a month for up to two people (open plan)
  • £400 a month for up to four people (open plan) 
  • £800 a month for up to four people (lockable, private office).

For more information please visit The Retailery or email

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 £3,000 to help you increase active travel (cycling and walking) at your business.

Please contact Martin Day for more details.

Are you a female coach or entrepreneur?

Denise Mortimer April 2018

Denise Mortimer is holding a free one day event in London this Saturday (21 April).

She will be sharing how she grew her coaching business in 2017 and how she's on target for a six figure year. 

During the day you'll hear advice on: 

  • How to clarify who your clients are
  • How you can create an irresistible offer for your clients
  • How to write compelling copy that speaks directly to your audience
  • How to close a sale
  • How to establish yourself as an expert and much more. 

Places are limited and are only for those who are ready to face their fears and grow their business.


Chance for SME glory

SME Awards image 2018

The second year of the SME National Business Awards has been launched. There are 19 categories to choose from and all SMEs can enter up to three categories. The awards will culminate in a prestigious awards final at Wembley Stadium. 

Damian Cummins, Awards Director said: "Last year we saw nearly 500 in attendance from the best of business across the UK, this year we are looking forward to seeing many more of the UKs top companies enter and make it through to the grand final".


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 B-Hive meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, 10 - 11:30am, at Yates, South Street, Romford. It's a space to share experience, receive support, and get to know other business people who understand the highs, lows and challenges of running a business.

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

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 every third Thursday of the month at the Retailery in Market Place, Romford, from 5 - 7pm 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 hold a breakfast networking event every two weeks on a Wednesday. It's 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.

A new networking event, Reach and Connect Networking, will be held on the first Thursday of each month. 

Reach and Connect will provide plenty of opportunity to meet other local business owners, hear from key note speakers, and find out what is happening in Havering. Attendance is free thanks to sponsorship from Kingston Smith. The meeting on Thursday 3 May will be facilitated by The Business Bridging Group and held at Orbital House, 20 Eastern Road Romford RM1 3PJ from 5.30 - 7.30pm.


New business in Upminster

yoga girl

A new yoga studio opens in Upminster at the end of April.

A Fine Balance Studio is a boutique fitness space opening at 173 St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 3BL.

It's the vision of yoga teacher, Hannah Noble and her partner, Project Manager, Alex Horne.


Invest in Havering

Invest in Havering

If you are planning investment in Havering - or know a business that's considering this - visit our dedicated inward investment website.



Readie construction logo

to Ashton Road, Romford-based firm Readie Construction. They were placed in the top 20 of a league table published by the Sunday Times that ranks Britain's private companies. They were placed 13th, up from 42nd last year.