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Havering is the Best Borough for Tech Start-Ups

Following Havering being recognised in 2015 as the start-up capital of Britain, it’s now been highlighted by recruitment firm Talentful as the best borough for tech companies to start. The borough received the accolade due to the high survival rate for start-ups with over nine in ten new tech companies making it past the one year mark. Havering Council will be continuing to offer support to start-ups through its dedicated support programme and investment in affordable workspace. The StartUp support programme was launched in July 2016 and is managed by Enterprise Nation. It’s been active in supporting hundreds of ambitious start-ups through delivering workshops, one-to-one consultations, tender-ready training, a programme of webinars, and access to national campaigns such as facebook's She Means Business. The programme continues until March 2018 with two main objectives: encouraging people with an idea to start a business, and supporting early stage businesses to grow. Cllr Roger Ramsey, Havering Council Leader, said: “We’re pleased Havering continues to be recognised as the place for companies

to start, especially those from the digital technology sector which has grown to be a major contributor to the UK economy. “Alongside the Mayor of London and key partners, we have invested in a dedicated support programme and affordable workspace for those seeking to start their business in Havering. “ Emma Jones, (pictured above) Founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “In the past year of working in Havering, we've seen at first hand the depth of entrepreneurial talent in the Borough and the ambitious nature of the area's founders. Our job, via the StartUp Support programme, is to ensure opportunities are realised and ideas come to life.” One of the tech businesses that has benefitted from Havering’s support programme and workspaces is Respondit, who specialise in designing, building and marketing top-end responsive websites. David Hodder, Managing Director of Respondit said: “As a young digital tech company having the right support, in the right place is crucial for our success. The support we have received from Havering Council has been first rate, and the Retailery has been a huge success allowing us to

expand our team and operations, in a cost effective manner.”

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There’s plenty of help and workspaces across Havering to support start-up businesses. Here are just a few places you can go: CEME Launchpad Centre, Rainham CEME Launchpad Centre is a collaborative hub of forward-thinking technology, manufacturing and engineering early stage businesses to help them survive and thrive. i www.ceme.co.uk/launchpad-services Co-Working@ Rainham Library A co-working hub set within Rainham Library for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses to thrive and be part of a community that networks, innovates, collaborates and supports. i businessdevelopment@havering.gov.uk The Retailery, Romford The Retailery is a playground for makers, thinkers and doers, bringing a selection of the finest independent start-up businesses, and food outlets to the heart of Romford. i www.retailery.co.uk

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Living in Havering 178 September 2017  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...

Living in Havering 178 September 2017  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...