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Havering Council commended for its work supporting small businesses at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 17:10 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 06 April 2017

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council , Cllr Darren Rodwell, congratulates Sarah Moss (left) and Katrina Gilbert  from Havering Council’s Economic Development team. Picture: Havering Council

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council , Cllr Darren Rodwell, congratulates Sarah Moss (left) and Katrina Gilbert from Havering Council’s Economic Development team. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Havering has been recognised for its work to promote and support small businesses as the borough was highly commended at an awards ceremony.

The borough won its award at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards run by London Councils last Thursday.

Now in its fourth year, the awards give councils recognition for effective and imaginative schemes that encourage local entrepreneurship.

Havering Council was highly commended for its comprehensive programme of support, including more than 1,500 advice sessions to businesses, 40 workshops and network meetings and an intensive programme of support for the construction industry.

The commendation for Havering’s work highlighted the Women in Business Network, the annual Havering Business Awards and the regular Havering Business network events.

The creation of three new workspaces to assist start-up businesses were also recognised with the Workery in Rainham, The Retailery in Market Place, Romford, and the Launchpad Centre at Ceme in Rainham, as examples of the borough’s good work.

Cllr Jason Frost, deputy lead member for economic development, said: “It demonstrates the ongoing commitment the council has to supporting our local businesses and the excellent work our economic development officers are doing.

“Havering has a great entrepreneurial spirit and that was also recognised in 2015 when credit-rating website Experian named our borough as the Start-Up Capital of Britain in 2015.”


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