News of a business roadshow in Rainham tomorrow, local networking opportunities and a summer offer.

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Growing faster and stronger

London Growth 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 tomorrow (Wednesday 26 June).

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


A summer offer

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If you have been running your business for at least 2 years, you can receive a full business valuation, health and performance check for free.

It will help you to understand the key drivers for your business and benchmark them against your sector.

The deadline is this Sunday, 30 June 2019.

For additional information email or call 07796 899 187.

Help with recruiting graduates

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The University of Essex is participating in the Santander Universities SME Internship programme that encourages small and medium sized businesses to recruit graduate interns.

The scheme offers a contributory grant of over £1,500 to enterprises that employ a graduate intern from this University on a full-time basis (minimum 35 hours a week) for at least 10 weeks.

For additional information email


Skills hub launched


The CIPD has launched a free online hub with a range of resources and tools to help small business improve performance and productivity of their employees.

The People Skills Hub aims to offer people managers easy access to practical guidance and support on everyday HR issues.

The hub and the programme were developed thanks to funding from J.P Morgan and will be distributed via Growth Hubs and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

TfL needs your opinion

Bus in Romford 2019

TfL needs your views on a proposed change to reroute bus route 128, so it can serve Romford station faster and more directly.

The bus would travel between Queen's Hospital and the station via Oldchurch Road and South Street.

Share your thoughts on how it might affect you.


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.


EU Exit advice

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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.


Investing in Havering

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


Happy Birthday

Crafty Arts birthday cake

Local independent Arts and Craft supplier Craft Arts celebrated their  28th birthday last month.

Husband and wife team Jay and Natasha Necati, owners of Crafty Arts, were thrilled to reach such a milestone. “My parents Nik & Lorraine started Crafty Arts in 1991 in Ardleigh Green with their sheer determination. They built a strong foundation for both myself and Natasha to grow the business and take it to the next level." said Jay.


Dodge delays


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Sent out every Friday, it provides information on local roadworks and any planned disruption to local public transport.

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Networking in Havering

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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.

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