Heathrow touches down in Rainham, news of a relaunch, and details of great local networking opportunities.

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News for businesses in Havering. June 2018.

Heathrow team touch down in Rainham

Heathrow Hub presentation June 20 2018

Havering is bidding to be one of the Heathrow Logistics Hubs by highlighting Rainham’s unrivalled connectivity to Heathrow by rail, road, river and air.

The proposed location is in the centre of the Riverside Opportunity area that stretches from Newham through to South Essex. Around 70 transport and logistics companies are already based in the area alongside a growing engineering sector presence and construction industry training resources.

A successful bid in an area already earmarked for industrial development will help support a growth in employment opportunities for local people and the establishment of a sustainable and innovative manufacturing centre.


New construction supply chain initiative

House building

The opportunities for growth in Havering are substantial.

Over 11,700 new homes will be built in the borough over the next decade and the Council continues to work with its partners to transform our industrial areas, schools, transport networks and town centres.

The Council wants to utilise these opportunities to support the growth of the local economy, to provide more jobs and improve productivity. 

Evolving from the two year Build Havering programme, the Havering Construction Supply Chain Initiative will provide a three tier support service for our Havering construction sector. The launch event will be held at the Town Hall in Romford on Tuesday 12 July.


Relaunching next month

HEWN logo

Women in Business is re-launching next month under a new name:  ‘Havering Enterprising Women Network’. 

The launch event will be held on Wednesday 18 July at The Retailery in Romford's Market Place with the theme ‘Top Challenges Enterprising Women Face (and how to overcome them).'


Are you due an award?

GOV UK logo

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise offers awards for businesses that excel in the following categories:

  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility

Applications are free to enter and close on 12 September 2018.


Mental health toolkit for employers

Mental health graphic

Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free online toolkit to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of employees.

It will help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support. 


Space for your business

Worth project 2018

The EU-funded, WORTH Partnership Project encourages design and manufacturing across borders.

Designers and manufacturers working within the furniture, textiles, footwear, accessories, jewellery and leather sectors are encouraged to apply for project funding.

Awarded projects will receive 10,000 of seed money per project, coaching, participation in international events, professional links, market upscale and access to an innovative community to kick-start their disruptive design ideas.

Several UK-based businesses were among those chosen in the initial round of applications. This call for entries closes on the 24 October.


Being smart about travel

Cycle confident training course

There are lots of ways Havering Council's Smarter Travel Team can help your business including cycle training,  sustainable travel advice and grants for businesses.

Email Martin Day for more details.


Business Workshops at the British Library

British Library branding course logo

There is a series of business workshops being held next week at the British Library in Euston Road, London NW1. In some cases there is a small charge, some are free.They include:

Get media coverage for your business on a budget - Monday 25 June - Get your business in the media. Learn the tools to do your own publicity for your small business.

How to build your brand on a budget -Tuesday 26 June - Learn how to brand your business without breaking the bank.

Marketing masterclass -Tuesday 26 June - This workshop is suitable for owners of small and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers.

Get Started - Wednesday 27 June - Get the knowledge and information you need to successfully launch a business.


Aaron Henriques Handlr June 2018

to Aaron Henriques from local business Handlr who was invited to meet Jimmy McLaughlin, the business adviser to the Prime Minister, earlier this month to discuss how the government can better support small businesses.

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.

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

BNI Evolution Chapter meets each Wednesday morning at Maylands Golf Club, Colchester Road, Harold Park,  RM3 0AZ from 7 - 8.30am.

BNI Integrity chapter, meets each Thursday morning at Barking & Dagenham College, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0XU from 6.30 - 9am.

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. 

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

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.

Reach and Connect Networkingwill be held on the first Thursday of each month. Attendance is free thanks to sponsorship from Kingston Smith.

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 an SME support organisation providing a comprehensive range of membership benefits.

Funds for cutting-edge ideas

Business group

Innovate UK is looking to fund cutting-edge, disruptive ideas and concepts with a view to commercialisation.

Ideas can come from any area of technology and can be applied to any part of the economy.

To apply you must:

  • Be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out your project in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from the UK
  • Work alone or in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector)

Deadline: 11 July 2018


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