A roundup of news related to Havering by and for members and local businesses.

Havering businesses eligible to enter the SME London Business Awards

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the return of the SME London Business Awards following the successful launch of the awards last year.

There are 23 awards up for grabs, ranging from best employer of the year to best new business and recognition for high growth, social responsibility and sustainability. Businesses can enter up to three different categories

Entrants should be based or conduct most of their business in London and have less than 250 employees at the time of entering or be self employed. All entries as well as supporting documents must be submitted online.

Local London drive to engage with Havering businesses

Local London champions the needs of nine London boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest. They represent around 2.6 million people which is larger than the cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool combined!

Local London’s aim is to support sustainable and inclusive growth that benefits businesses and communities. They believe that business don’t have access to the skills they need due to gaps in the training system and are working closely with employers and education and skills providers to help meet skills gaps and ultimately get more people into jobs.

They are keen to hear from companies in Havering who operate within the following large or predicted high growth sectors:

Construction and Engineering

Digital and Creative

Health and Social Care


Distribution and Logistics

Public vote opens for this year’s Havering Small Business Awards

Havering Small Business awards is now open to the public to vote for their favourite businesses in the borough.

This year, the awards format changed to help encourage more businesses from across the whole borough to enter, with the first round of nominations open for businesses to nominate themselves.

It is now over to the community to show some love for the small and independent businesses across the borough that continue to serve us.

You can now vote for the Best Newcomer Award

Havering has been called the start-up capital of London which is just one of the reasons the Havering Chamber is once again sponsoring the Best Newcomer (less than a year old) category in the 2024 Havering Small Business Awards.

This year, the awards format changed with the first round of nominations open for businesses to nominate themselves and below is the list of nominated businesses in our category.

The public vote is now open so please use the link below and support these businesses.

Caloroso, RM3 9EN

Elsie Brown Makeup, RM12 5EA

Focus Music Agency, RM12 4BH

Jungle Hair and Beauty, RM1 3AB

FoneHouse, RM11 3YD

The Business Mum’s Club Ltd, RM14 1LL

Singtok, RM11 1JN

Laura Streets joins Chamber Executive Committee

We are happy to introduce Laura Streets as one of our latest members of the Havering Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.
Laura, a Christian woman and Havering resident of 31 years, is the Founder and Managing Director of TALKTOIRIS CIC. Laura has a wealth of marketing, sales, and business development knowledge. Laura also has extensive experience in building and managing subscription-based business models and hopes to assist with the growth and development of the chamber.
After transitioning into the mental health sector, Laura established a non-profit company to cater to the women of Havering and its neighbouring boroughs to improve women’s well-being.
“In today’s society, women face unique challenges that can often lead to isolation and loneliness. That’s why our organisation is dedicated to encouraging women to reach out and connect with other women. We create safe spaces where meaningful conversations can take place, and we promote positive, can-do attitudes and the power of kindness. We provide educational workshops, resources, events and products to improve women’s mental and physical health”

Simon Lewin joins Chamber Executive Committee

We are happy to introduce Simon Lewin as one of our latest members of the Havering Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.
Simon is the founder of Inspirational Training Solutions, a company that provides training and coaching to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them achieve their financial goals. With over a decade of experience in business development and sales, Simon is passionate about empowering SMEs to earn the money they deserve.
Simon believes that SMEs are the backbone of the economy, and he is dedicated to helping these businesses succeed by providing them with the tools and strategies they need to grow their businesses. He understands the challenges that SMEs face, and he is committed to helping them overcome these obstacles by providing them with the training and support they need to succeed.
Simon’s approach to training and coaching is both practical and inspirational. He provides SMEs with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, but he also motivates and inspires them to reach their full potential. His training programs are tailored to the specific needs of each business, and he works closely with SMEs to ensure that they are getting the support they need to succeed.
Simon is also a member of the Association of Business Mentors.

Romford BID To Hold its First Food Market and Dog Show

Romford businesses will benefit from hugely increased footfall over the May Bank Holiday weekend when Romford BID will be holding its first Food Festival and Dog Show.

The Romford Food Festival will take place on Sunday 26th May, between 10am – 6pm and Monday 27th May between 10am – 3pm. Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy a host of culinary delights and entertainment that will be hosted in Marketplace and along South Street, with additional activity planned for The Liberty and The Brewery shopping centres.

The two-day foodie extravaganza will include a variety of Street Food Stalls, a Gourmet Food Market and Farmer’s Market.

There will also be informative talks, tastings and interactive workshops for visitors wanting to improve their culinary skills to attend. Plus, there will be live music to enjoy throughout the weekend and lots and lots of free family entertainment to get involved with. For those that already possess a knack for baking, there will be the chance to show off their skills at the make and bake competition which will be hosted over the weekend to win praise and prizes.

Then on Sunday 26th May Romford BID will be holding its first ever dog show hoping to find the dog with the waggiest tale, best fancy dress, best trick and more. Registration will take place between 10am to 12noon in the Marketplace, and then the show will start from 12noon to 4pm. Dog owners can register their dog at any point to join the competition and the entrance fee per category will only be £1.50. All money raised on the day will be go to support Scruffys Angels, a local charity who rescue and rehome lost and found animals.

The entire weekend will be free to attend and there is no need to pre-book.

FREE e-Business support for Havering SME's

The e-Business Support programme is a fully-funded (Free to you) digital skills and support service delivered by Newham College and available to all SMEs (small businesses) based in Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Newham.

The training covers:
– Website and content management systems
– Social Media for Business
– The Basics: develop the confidence and skills to use Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel)
– Cyber Security and Data Protection
– Digital Business Tools

Quantum Group shortlisted for prestigious Unlock Net Zero Awards 2024

Havering Chamber member Quantum Group, a leading provider of green skills training solutions, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Unlock Net Zero Awards 2024. The awards, held in partnership with the British Property Federation, recognise outstanding contributions to sustainability and innovation within the UK housing sector.

“We are honoured to be recognised as a finalist for the Unlock Net Zero Awards,” said Maria Gonella, Managing Partner at Quantum. “This recognition is a testament to our ongoing commitment to fostering sustainability and addressing the critical green skills shortage. We are proud of the impact our training solutions are making across the UK, we are constantly developing further training modules such as Rainwater Harvesting and Retrofit, which are essential for maximum impact to accelerate green construction skills to net zero. We are in this position through the hard work and dedication of the whole Quantum team, our partnership with Daikin UK and our unwavering support from colleges and our local Havering borough council.”

The winners of the Unlock Net Zero Awards will be announced at a sustainably focused awards ceremony on the 26th of June 2024 in Manchester and Havering Chamber wishes Quantum the best of luck!

Bob Clark appointed as Vice Chair of the Havering Chamber Executive Committee.

Bob has been a Chamber Committee member since the start of 2023. Born and bred in Havering he has run Romford based Greenhouse Marketing for over 20 years providing marketing and design consultancy services to clients across the UK.
His focus since joining the Committee has been to help the Chamber communicate more effectively with its members and Havering businesses in general resulting in a Chamber rebrand and the launch of the new website in 2023. On becoming the Chamber Vice Chair he says “It was truly an honour to be invited to the role and I hope over the coming years we can grow the Chamber and make it a really useful resource to local business owners.”.

Are you the owner of a small business in Havering?

The LONDON E-business Support Programme is a fully-funded package of support including: 121 expert advice, guidance, webinars and events, which is specifically aimed at helping
small business owners in London make better use of digital technology to enhance their online presence; attract more customers; increase sales and improve their business operations

The programme is offering support in the following:

Website management
Social Media
Cyber Security
Microsoft Fundamentals

Exciting sponsorship opportunities for Havering businesses at the 2024 Essex Fest

This year’s Essex Fest takes place across the 12th, 13th and 14th July at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch and is run by and for Mind in Havering, Barking & Dagenham to raise money for charity. Every penny goes to great causes!

There’s a fantastic line-up of live acts including Atomic Kitten, Gareth Gates, East 17 and tribute acts including The Spice Girls, Queen, Bon Jovi, Adele, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Little Mix, Whitney Houston.

It will attract ‘000’s of local people and there are a number of sponsorship packages for Havering businesses to support the event.

To find out more contact Events and Partnership Development Manager Ciaran White on 07540 147327 or email on ciaran.white@haveringmind.org.uk

Havering businesses can now join the Cyber Resilience Centre completely free of charge

Do you use a laptop, tablet, smartphone, Wi-Fi, Google Home, Alexa, or other electronic equipment to do business (email, social media, banking, delivery, ordering supplies, website, etc.)? Even just one of these connections to the internet exposes you to cyberattacks!

We know that cyber can be a confusing space to navigate, so we’re here to cut the jargon, guide you in the right direction, and help you focus on the simple things you can start doing now.

Simply pop your email address into the box below to get access to:

Getting the Basics Right Programme – a guided journey to better cyber resilience, offering guidance, practical resources, and actionable tips to improve your defences.
Monthly Newsletter – keeping you abreast of the latest cyber threats, community news, trends, predictions and more!
Special Offers and Events – through our network of Friends and Cyber Essentials Partners, we can offer access to exclusive discounts, events and opportunities to not only improve your cyber resilience, but also connect you with the wider London business community.

London's mayor launches the Women’s Night Safety Charter

The Havering Chamber is very much in support the Women’s Night Safety Charter that the London Mayor has created to make London a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night.

London is a safe city, but too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night. Londoners have asked the Night Czar to prioritise women’s safety.
That’s why the Mayor has created this charter. It is part of the Mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative.

Inward investment the solution to Havering's financial woes.

Councillor Graham Williamson Cabinet Lead for Development, Regeneration and Inclusive Growth outlines the challenges of Havering’s dire financial position, how did we get here, what are the solutions and why it’s so important for Havering residents and businesses.

Havering Chamber members welcome at London Chamber events

The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the largest Chamber in the UK and runs a very busy calendar of events. Many of these events are free to attend to Havering Chamber members and cover a wide range of topics including market trends and information, business opportunities, business coaching and networking. Click the link below and see if there are any events that could help your business.

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