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Networking Group Dates Networking is a proven way to build good relations with other businesses which can lead to referrals and new contracts. There are a number of networking groups in Havering including those listed below.

The EBN (Effective Business Networking) Hornchurch group meets at Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham RM13 9EL from 8am until 10am on alternate Tuesdays. More information: Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) and Essex FSB hold joint networking events on the first Friday of each month from 7.30am until 9am. More information: NELE (Networking in East London and Essex) meets at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Tuesdays. 4N meets every fortnight at Liberty Bell, Mercury Gardens,

Romford RM1 3EN on Thursdays from 8am until 10am. More information: Calling all entrepreneurs Radio Harold Hill is broadcasting regular business programmes and is looking for local entrepreneurs to feature on the show. Email your business details to Radio Harold Hill if you are interested in appearing. More information: Silver events Havering Crafty Arts, of Bryant Avenue, Harold Hill RM3 0AP is celebrating its 25th year of trading with a series of special events during 2016. More information: Awards success for apprentice Digital Marketing Apprentice Pippa Cox, from Evans Insurance in Romford, won the “Apprentice of the Year Award” at the Thurrock Business Awards. Evans Insurance Brokers were finalists in two categories; Business to Business and Apprentice of the Year. It was Pippa who picked up the award, with the company later being announced as 'Highly Commended'. More information: Emergency first aid courses Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Course for local businesses is being run in Romford by Trainaid every Saturday. More information

BNI Valour Chapter meets each Tuesday morning at David Lloyd Centre, Squirrels Heath Lane, Romford RM11 2DY from 7am to 8.30am. Forum of Private Business meets on the second Friday of each month at YMCA, Roneo Corner, Rush Green Road, Romford RM7 OPH from 7.30am. More information:

Diary Dates Havering Business Network Events Thursdays, 5.30pm, venues to be confirmed • 22 September - how to be a good employer Ardleigh Green Community House • 8 December - celebrating Havering businesses. Women in Business Wednesdays, 5.30pm at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL • 19 October - dealing with conflicts comfortably • 25 January 2017 - skills, apprenticeships and training. More information:

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100 jobs plus £1million investment bounces into Harold Hill

GB trampoline squad member Luke Bennett in action

Amy Storrar age 17 of Harold Wood “This is my first job. I have been trampolining with Recoil Twisters at Brentwood and completed a coaching course so this is my dream job as I love trampolining. It’s really exciting to be involved right from the start and to be part of a nice friendly team.”

“Wow” was the reaction of the Mayor of Havering when she officially opened the Jump Evolution trampoline centre in Spilsby Road, Harold Hill. Andrew Lester and his fellow directors were looking for a site for the first Jump Evolution Trampoline Centre, and the industrial unit in Harold Hill proved to be their first choice.

Impressive staff

Now, following an investment of more than £1million, the impressive premises is open to the public, having been converted from a warehouse in just 12 weeks.

“I’m really impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the team, many of whom are young people. They even came in when off-duty to help make sure that everything was in place for our launch.”

Andrew said: “This is the first of five Jump Evolution Centres we want to open in the next few years so it was important we got the right location. “Harold Hill has excellent transport links. We are right on the A12, which gives easy access to the M25 and A127, bus routes are close by linking us to Harold Wood Station, which will soon have Crossrail making it easy for people to reach us.

“We’ve already recruited 80 staff, most from the RM postcode area, with 20 more to join us as the centre grows more popular.

The centre can accommodate 175 jumpers at any one time along with spectators and mezzanine floors, each of which has a café. Safety is a priority with each jumper having to watch a safety video before being allowed onto a trampoline or into the foam pits.

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Charlie Smith, age 18 of Hornchurch “I worked part-time at Tesco before taking this job but this is really exciting. I did trampolining at Central Park Leisure Centre and at Sacred Heart School so I can use that experience in my job.” Lewis Stevens age 16 of Harold Hill “Before starting here I’ve worked at McDonalds and also in market research, but they were just to earn money. I love trampolining having been part of the Storm Elite Club at Hall Mead School in Upminster and also at Harold Hill Leisure Centre. The difference in this job is that everyone has enthusiasm and it’s great to come to work.”

Trampolining: • Stimulates your metabolism • Increases oxygen capacity • Improves your sense of balance • Increases oxygen circulation to body tissues • Improves the circulation of the lymph through the lymph glands • Strengthens the heart (cardiovascular health) • Increases energy and sense of vitality • Firms and tones the muscles

Havering Business Awards

Gala Awards Ceremony is ideal for networking More than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives will be at the Gala Awards Ceremony being held at the CEME Conference Centre on Friday 7 October. This is an ideal opportunity to bring key clients to a glittering evening of entertainment and celebration of the best of Havering’s businesses. The evening will also be a great chance to network with other business leaders from the borough. Hosting the evening is Time 107.5FM. Tickets are £80 each (plus VAT) and can be ordered through The finalists have now been chosen for the Havering Business Awards 2016 and the judges have visited to make their decisions. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on Friday 7 October. Details of the finalists are given below.

Last years successful awards event

1. Apprentice of the Year sponsored by

4. London Digital Innovation Award sponsored

Neopost UK Ltd

by Romford Recorder

This award is for an apprentice who has shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development, and their progression on a recognised learning scheme. The judges will be looking for evidence of where an apprentice has made a significant contribution towards the workplace. Nancy Brincat – Doggie Delights Shaun Gibson – Harold Hill Barbers George Mark – Time 107.5 FM

This Award aims to recognise the most innovative and forward thinking use of digital technologies in the design, construction and operation of the built enviroment. This is the only Award open to all businesses based in any London borough. Respondit Web Design Uber Plumbers Ltd Havering College of Further & Higher Education

2. Business Person of the Year sponsored by

NC Construction Services Ltd

This Award acknowledges a managing director, owner or manager who has achieved significant success in their business during the past 12 months, showing strong leadership and business acumen. Laura Watkins – Baby Ballet Romford Central Dan Evans – Evans Insurance Brokers Bob Edwards – Stubbers Adventure Centre

5. Employer of the Year sponsored by Havering College of Further and Higher Education

This Award aims to celebrate organisations seeing the best return on an investment in people; recognising the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent - and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice. Mullis & Peake LLP Openview Security Solutions Ltd Valor Hospitality Europe Ltd

3. Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence

6. Excellent Customer Service Award sponsored

Award sponsored by London City Airport.

This award aims to recognise any Havering organisation that puts Social Responsibility and CSR at its core. This applies to all organisations large and small. Hambro Roofing Ltd Made Public

by Metro Security (GB) Plc

This award aims to recognise those constantly striving to exceed customer expectations, industry leading standards of service, and innovation around customer experience. Crafty Arts Mullis & Peake LLP NC Construction Services Ltd


HAVERING BUSINESS AWARDS 7. Growing Business of the Year sponsored

11. Small Business of the Year sponsored

by Haines Watts

This Award is for businesses that can show a growth in turnover and profit and either employees, products or services, over the last 12 months. Ardleigh Green Cleaning Supplies Pinney Talfourd Stubbers Adventure Centre

8. Innovation Award sponsored by

Coborn Engineering Co Ltd

This Award aims to recognise the use of innovation in a business, or for production of an innovative product or service. AmisStar Vocal Studios Kiss Chase Creations The Quadrant

9. New Business of the Year sponsored by

Chigwell Construction Plc

This Award aims to acknowledge a new business that has achieved significant success within its first two years of trading. AmisStar Vocal Studios Heavenly Ladies Gym Ltd Sunny Rain Housekeepers

10. Retail Business of the Year sponsored by

Geraud Markets (UK) Limited

This Award focuses on the retail business, both traditional and online, and highlights the relationship with the consumer. Entrants should show high levels of customer care as well as an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to building the strength of the business. Crafty Arts Marvling Bros Ltd Pandora Images

by SEGRO Plc

This award is designed for sole traders or businesses with five employees or less, that are making an impact within their field. Inspired Health & Fitness Purple Valentine Aesthetics Ltd Sweetie Cake Entries for these two other categories will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony:

12. Business of the Year Award sponsored by

Time 107.5 FM

This category will be awarded by the judging panel and is only open to the winners of each of the categories. Each winner will be automatically considered. You cannot nominate yourself. Winner to be announced on the evening

13. Highly Commended Award sponsored

by Serco

This category will be awarded by the judging panel and is only open to finalists of each of the other categories. You cannot nominate yourself. Each finalist will be automatically considered after the winners have been chosen. The judges will be looking for the business that was considered worthy of recognition for its success in their related category. Winner to be announced on the evening

Thanks to sponsors Havering Business Awards 2016 relies on sponsors’ support to make the event a success. As well as the category sponsors we would like to thank: CEME Conference Centre for supporting the cost of the venue and Gala Awards Ceremony. Kall Kwik Romford for printing everything we have needed – brochures, menus, leaflets and much more

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Business Focus 173 Autumn 2016  

Four pages of news, events and information for Havering's business community.

Business Focus 173 Autumn 2016  

Four pages of news, events and information for Havering's business community.