Demolition underway by local firms, success for local entrepreneurs, and Deputy Mayor of London visits Riverside BID

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September 2019's newsletter for businesses in Havering


Demolition underway by local firms appointed through joint venture


Demolition is well underway at two regeneration sites across the borough, as part of the 12 Estates Joint Venture programme. This forms part of Havering Council and Wates Residential’s joint venture pledge to deliver a borough-wide legacy and boost the local economy.

Local contractor Kilnbridge Construction Services, which has offices in Rainham, is carrying out the demolition at Napier and New Plymouth House in Rainham. A local supplier, Downwell Demolition, will also carry out the demolition of Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts in Hornchurch.

These appointments come after the joint venture partners held four ‘Meet the Buyer’ events earlier this year for local suppliers to learn about contract opportunities on the biggest regeneration project in the borough.

The events honour a pledge from the developer to boost the local economy by using local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This investment will make up a minimum of 10 per cent of the total programme, valued at £100 million of contracts to be secured by local businesses.

To register your business and hear about all the opportunities in the borough, please register for the Havering Supply Chain Initiative.

Register here

Success for local entrepreneurs at PopUp Business School

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Dozens of budding entrepreneurs from Havering and East London have successfully set up new businesses and kick-started their careers after completing a free business training course.

The PopUp Business School, which runs across the UK, came to Havering in May following a grant application by joint venture partners Havering Council and Wates Residential. 


Deputy Mayor of London visits the London Riverside BID

Deputy Mayor of London for Business visits the LDN Riverside BID

The London Riverside Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed London’s Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, in early September, to showcase the area’s business talent and potential as London’s industrial powerhouse.

The Deputy Mayor was joined by representatives from Havering Council, including Cllr Robert Benham, Deputy Leader, and the message was clear; with proper investment in infrastructure, public transport, digital connectivity, skills training and a vibrant business start-up community the full potential for businesses and the local workforce can be achieved.


New scheme to help Havering food businesses

Veggie Run - two girls enjoying a healthy lunch

This month, Havering Council is launching the Healthier Catering Commitment (HCC) for London award scheme. The voluntary scheme encourages food businesses to adopt simple and inexpensive changes, which will help to reduce waste, save money and improve the healthiness of their food offer.

To receive support from Havering Council to switch to healthier ingredients, products and menus and achieve the HCC, contact


New Chairman welcomed at London Riverside BID AGM

Eric Mollison

The London Riverside BID welcomed new Chairman Eric Mollison, MD of EMS (Rainham) Ltd and two new Board Directors, Michael Brundle of FH Brundle and Paul Johnston, Operations Director at CEME, who replace long-standing outgoing members Maggie Dixon and Terry Lee.

Eric replaces Ilker Dervish who has served as Chairman for 7 years and has seen the BID successfully reach its 3rd term.

Eric said "I'm here to champion the priorities of BID Members, and will continue to lobby stakeholders, investors and policy-makers so that the Rainham industrial area is fit for business now and in the future".


Business support programme for Housing Zone businesses

Businesses within the proposed Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone that are affected by the recent Compulsory Purchase Order, are being offered support through a number of workshops. Kicking off this October, the workshops will be delivered by Enterprise Nation on behalf of Havering Council.

As part the programme, they will be holding workshops to discuss the range of options available and themed workshops as well as free one-to-one free, confidential support for your business with a host of business advisers. Please come along to one of the sessions below, to find out more:

  • Thursday 10 October, 4-6pm at Mardyke Community Centre
  • Monday 14 October, 4-6pm at Mardyke Community Centre

If you are a business affected by this and you would like to attend please get in touch. 


Advice and Events

Brexit Advice

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Check out what’s changing in your industry. For example, your contracts may need updating to continue to transfer customer data between the EU and the UK.


Havering Chamber of Commerce Showcase, 28 October

Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with The Queen’s Theatre, will be hosting a Business Showcase and Networking Exhibition on Monday 28th October 2019. Havering businesses, small and large, will be attending, giving you the perfect opportunity to showcase the services your business provides. 


2020 London Business awards

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It might feel like a long way off, but 5 March 2020 iscloser than you think, so keep your eyes peeled for information on the awards application deadline for the Mayor of London’s second London Business Awards.


Greater London Investment Fund

Are you a local SME looking to epand, and need a cash boost? This fund, which is aimed at growing SMEs within the 33 London boroughs, could help you grow your business. 


Responsible Retailers Toolkit – selling knives



The toolkit is a pack of training resources for businesses in carrying out their legal responsibilities when it comes to selling knives. The training is intended to be easily accessible and includes online training videos, a voluntary best practice agreement and other good practice guidance. All of the tools can be found on the National Business Crime Centre website.


HaveringWorks support for businesses

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Havering Works is an innovative employment and skills service. For additional information about how your business may get involved, please email or call the team on 01708 432567


Supply Chain Initiative – getting tender-ready

East London Business Place is Havering Council’s delivery partner and offer funded support for Havering construction businesses to become tender-ready. Businesses can access the support by registering for our programme.


Business advice

Unlock hundreds of programmes and initiatives on all aspects of business advice at the London Growth Hub.


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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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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.


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 7.45am prompt, and are wrapped up by about 9.30am. The venue is CEME Conference Centre, Marsh Way, Rainham, RM13 8EU. There is a £15 meeting fee to cover 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 meet 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. 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 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.

CEME East London Tech Circle is a collaboration of businesses in East London who are all invested in technology and digital themes. Their monthly meeting which is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month is designed to act as a platform to help tech-based businesses grow in East London.

New online tool to help businesses trade globally



A new online tool launched last week will allow British business to report issues preventing them from trading around the world. Barriers include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements. This includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements. The tool will ensure British businesses can flag these issues and the government’s trade experts can work with countries around the world to resolve them.


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