Innovating for success, a chance to win an award, and lots of networking opportunities in Havering

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News for businesses in Havering. October 2018.

Innovating for success

Young entrepreneurs Oct 2018

Young digital talents were asked to embrace their creativity side and shoot promotional videos for charity Havering Mind as part of CEME Launchpad Centre’s Young Entrepreneurs Program.

A number of pupils from Bower Park Academy in Romford took part in the scheme, which was a joint venture between Havering Council and CEME, aiming to improve the digital skills of young people and close the digital gap in the UK workforce.

This programme was managed in partnership by CEME and Havering Council. The students produced two or three minute marketing videos for Havering Mind on either raising awareness of mental health, or a fundraising half marathon. 

Students were thanked at an event attended by Cllr Wallace representing Havering Council, Bill Williams, the CEO of CEME, Lorna Waters from Time FM, Ciaran White of Havering Mind, and television presenter and ex-student of Bower Park Rhys Stephenson.

Win an award

New Business Awarrad winners 2017

If you run a new business you could win an award at the prestigious National Best New Business Awards and join previous winners like the Radfield Home Care Havering & Brentwood team who are pictured celebrating their win in the Franchisee of the Year category last year. 

Open to Businesses that formed between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 you can enter up to three categories, from a list of 17 awards ranging from Construction Business of the Year to Pub of the Year. The awards will culminate in an awards final at Wembley Stadium.

Businesses can enter at

GetSet for growth

Get set for growth logo Sep 2018

Havering is a great place to start a business, and Havering Council has a strong track record of working with partners to provide the local business community with the right tools to increase productivity and access opportunities to increase turnover.

GetSet for Growth brings high quality, professional resources to Havering businesses. Supply chain, finance and marketing experts will provide invaluable commercial insights and direction, drawn from first hand experience, to help you grow your bottom line.

The Havering Growth Support Programme will particularly appeal to:
– a young business looking to grow (pre-trade or trading for less than 6 years)
– businesses employing less than 10 people, and with a turnover of less than £10m
– businesses based in the borough of Havering
– business owners willing to attend events and discuss growth options with a dedicated adviser.

For more information email:


Supply opportunities

Hinkley Power plant

Hinkley Point C in Somerset is the first new nuclear reactor to be built in the UK for 30 years. It will be constructed by a joint venture formed by EDF of France and CGN of China. 

Lloyds Banking Group  have arranged a seminar on Thursday 1 November between 10am and 2pm at the Braintree Stem Innovation Centyre in Essex when they will be talking about their loan product aimed at SME suppliers to Hinkley Point.  It's available to companies all over the UK and Chris Stockley will speak about financial aspects which SMEs should bear in mind when bidding for major contracts.


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.


GB High street 2018 award

Although, the Hornchurch Town Team entry for the GB High Street awards was not shortlisted, they are mentioned on the GB High Street's website via a ‘Special Mention’ (only 80 out of 240 applications received this) by the shortlisting panel.  

Workshops at the British Library

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How to sell without being 'salesy' - Wednesday 24 October.  Learn how to get customers to buy from you without being a typical sales salesperson.

Presenting with confidence masterclass - Level 1 - Wednesday 24 October. Learn to present with confidence.

How do I search Trade Marks? - Thursday 25 October. An essential guide to understanding how trade marks can help your business succeed.

How to protect your IP abroad -Thursday 25 Oct. Aimed at exporters this workshop gives an overview of intellectual property both at home and abroad


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.


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.

Hornchurch Rotary Club hold a free to attend monthly networking meeting at The Railway Hotel, Station Lane in Hornchurch. It's from 12.30 - 2.30pm. A 30 minute meeting is held at 12.30 followed by a Rotary Club lunch that includes a speaker from 1pm. Call 01708 440028 for more details.

Reach and Connect Networking will 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.