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News for businesses in Havering, 24 May 2019.

Growing faster and stronger

Enterprise Nation Business roadshow May 2019

It has been proven over and over again, that businesses that receive support to grow their businesses, grow faster and stronger.

Hosted by the London Growth Hub, the London Business Roadshows are designed to show the support that exists to help your business grow in 2019. The Roadshow will be at the CEME Centre in Rainham on Wednesday 26 June.

Meet successful entrepreneurs, get expert one-on-one advice for your business, and meet exhibitors with solutions to boost your business.


Help schools to help their pupils

GLA Enterprise advisor 2019

The GLA London Enterprise Adviser Network are looking for employers and experienced business people to volunteer with local schools and colleges as Enterprise Advisers for one hour every month. 

The role involves working with school careers leaders to help them to develop their schools' careers plans.

Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers who work in senior roles. Volunteers receive full training before they are matched with a school or college, and on-going support from an Enterprise Co-ordinator.


Heads Up

Heads Up logo May 2019

Enterprise Nation, a network of small businesses and business advisers, is running a one-off government-funded free digital productivity programme called HeadsUp for small businesses in London.

Participants get allocated either to local training workshops or to an online training experience. In either case it is up to 10 hours of expert-led training around the latest digital tools that help business owners save time and money.


EUseful information

EU business image

If you are an EU citizen living in Havering, a business that exports to the EU, or planning a holiday to an EU/EEA country this year, you may have questions about how the UK's planned exit from the EU could affect you.

Havering Council's website has a page of useful information and links.


Workshops at the British Library

Business seminar at British Library

The British Library runs workshops and webinars providing advice and support to businesses. Many of the events are free to join.

Topics covered include how to protect a business idea, a guide to SEO for businesses, and tips as to how to use your smartphone for better photography for your business.


The British Library also offers the chance of a consultation session with a business advisor. The next session is on Thursday 6 June.



Grace Lee

Grace Lee, a 17 year old school girl from Hornchurch who kick-started her career as a professional makeup artist using Instagram and You Tube, has now been invited to launch her own Pop-Up Studio at Hornchurch hair & beauty salon The Vanilla Room. 

The Vanilla Room opened in 1995 and Grace has been a Saturday Hostess at there since 2017. She impressed owner Kerry Larcher so much that she offered her a chance to collaborate in building their businesses. 


Investing in Havering

Invest in Havering logo

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


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Networking in Havering

Business group

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. Here are details of just some of them:

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

BNI Eclipse meets on Tuesdays in Rainham. Meetings begin at 7:45 am prompt, and are wrapped up by about 9.30am. The venue is the CEME conference Marsh Way, Rainham, RM13 8EU. There is a £15 meeting fee that covers the room hire.

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.

CEME in Rainham has launched a networking group on the first Friday of each month. Held from 10am - midday at the CEME Launchpad centre it's a free networking opportunity.

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 now meet on the third Thursday of every other month. Their next meeting is on 18 July, 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. 

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 12.30pm 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 Worker Bee offices in Eastern Road, Romford.

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.