Havering Council Leader's Business Networking Event
Thursday, 27 November 2014 from 17:30 to 20:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As this is my first Leader’s Business Networking Event, I look forward to welcoming you to it. The event is held in partnership with the Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the Council’s Budget Consultations with local businesses. Havering, like all councils, is confronted with a major financial challenge. We need to reduce our overall budget by around a third over the next four years, in response to Government funding cuts, inflationary costs and a growing and ageing population. Havering already receives the fourth lowest Government grant in London per head of population and has saved £40 million over the past four years - so this task will not be easy.
This is a balancing act - we simply can't afford to do everything in the same way as we used to, but we also don't want to scrap the services that you most value. The aim of the budget proposals is to save money, whilst protecting the services that matter most to businesses and residents - based on what you have told us in the past. We also need to preserve a number of services that people rely on to live safe and secure lives, as well as the things that we have to do by law. Your views matter so please come along and join the discussion.
Moving on we have Detective Constable Pam Bahia from the SC07 Organised Crime Command, Sterling Fraud Prevention, New Scotland Yard who will be doing a very interesting presentation for SME’s on Business Fraud and how to safeguard your business against fraudulent acts
There will be an opportunity to ask questions, followed by networking with other businesses over nibbles, mulled wine and mince pies.
When & Where
Business Development Team, London Borough of Havering
The Business Development Team is the single point of contact for all businesses looking to start, expand or relocate to the Borough.
We provide help on general and specific issues for all those running their own business. Anything you need to know from land and property choices to skills and labour force issues, the London Borough of Havering is the source of knowledge and expertise.
We understand that relocating a business is a major undertaking, and there are many issues that need to be addressed. The team will provide a tailor-made service to meet specific requirements.
The team work in close partnership with professional service providers in the area to ensure you have easy access to information on all business matters including recruitment and training, grant initiatives, planning guidance, and banking.
Our comprehensive network ensures we can deliver a strong infrastructure of support to your business. We are determined to see the area thrive and are dedicated to ensuring that businesses relocate and succeed in the area.
If you own an existing business or are looking to start one, we can help.