Rainham’s new CEME Launchpad Centre opens in anticipation of royal visit

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 June 2017

CEME Launchpad Centre opening with the Mayor Councillor Linda Van de Hende cutting the ribbon.

CEME Launchpad Centre opening with the Mayor Councillor Linda Van de Hende cutting the ribbon.


Start-up companies and entrepreneurs have a new home in Havering after the CEME Launchpad Centre officially opened on Monday.

Bill Williams CEO of CEME Innovation Centre speaking in the CEME conference pod. Bill Williams CEO of CEME Innovation Centre speaking in the CEME conference pod.

The centre, in Marsh Way, Rainham, offers affordable office space, business support from in-house experts and wide exposure for fledgling manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses.

The Mayor of Havering Councillor Linda Van den Hende cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony which was followed by a TechVent expo showcasing the latest technology and trends that are transforming the business world.

Rikki Lempert, managing director of start-up company Smart Sim, attended the expo and said it was a “great opportunity to network” with a range of businesses.

“The amazing line-up of speakers provided an invaluable insight into their industries and growing a start-up from the ground up,” said Rikki.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, the leader of the council, attended the opening and was impressed by the speakers and experts on the day.

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with CEME and the Mayor of London’s team to attract businesses and investment into London Riverside at the CEME Launchpad Centre, and delighted that TechVent was able to showcase the diverse range of industry-leading businesses that Havering can support.”

The opportunities at CEME don’t end there, however, as entrepreneurs can gain the royal seal of approval when The Duke of York Prince Andrew visits the centre next Wednesday.

The royal’s visit is part of the Pitch@Palace start-up competition which offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to refine their presentation skills - with the goal of pitching to investors at St James’s Palace should they make it through all the preliminary rounds.

Tom Ashby, commercial director at CEME, says the competition offers early stage businesses and entrepreneurs an “invaluable opprtunity”.

“This competition represents an invaluable opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to hone their pitching skills in front of a member of the royal family and an alumni of investment experts,” said Tom.

“CEME is proud to be the home of innovation and we are excited by the opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing the next line of exciting start-ups looking to accelerate their ideas and transform the business world.”

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