Information and advice

The Business Development Team is the single point of contact for all businesses looking to start, expand or relocate to the borough.

We are determined to see the area thrive and are dedicated to ensuring that businesses succeed in the area.
We provide help on general and specific issues for all those running their own business.

We work in close partnership with professional service providers to ensure you have easy access to information on all business matters including recruitment and training, grant initiatives, planning guidance, and finance.
Our comprehensive network ensures we can deliver a strong infrastructure of support to your business.
If you own an existing business or are looking to start one, we can help.

Contact the Development Team

Business Development Team c/o Town Hall,
Main Road,

Starting a business

Havering is a very supportive environment for start-ups.

We have a wealth of networks and organisations for all types and style of new business where you can get practical advice, ideas and make valuable contacts.

It is always helpful to get advice about starting your business.

Visit to find out about setting up a business and get business support from The London Growth Hub website.

Growing a business

Once your business is established and you’re making a profit on the products and services you sell, you may want to start thinking about how to grow.

Many businesses think of growth in terms of increased sales, but it’s also important to focus on how to maintain or improve your profitability.

Some ways to maintain or improve your profitability are:

  • look into ways of increasing your sales, both to existing customers and new customers 
  • improve your products and services by researching and testing changes 
  • develop new products and services, and sell them to new or existing markets
  • take on staff or training your current staff, including working with apprentices 
  • look for additional sources of funding, such as bringing in new investors
  • think about increasing online sales or exporting to new markets

For more information visit for advice about growing your own business visit:

Building Legacies

Building Legacies, a funded business support programme, helps SMEs to get contract-ready, whilst providing main contractors working in Havering and across east London with access to a growing and diverse talent-pool of local sub-contract trades.

The key focus is to assist SMEs to be in a position of robust ‘fitness-to-supply’ so they can meet the ever-increasing standards of local authorities, main contractors and developers.

In addition to working with SMEs to ensure they have all the right accreditations and policies which are typically required by larger buyers.

Building Legacies also undertake procurement training in group sessions and on a one-to-one basis, to ensure that businesses are fully aware of what it takes to both pre-qualify (via PQQ) and bid for contract and tender opportunities.

Get further information and register for the Havering Construction Supply Chain Initiative


There is a wealth of support available for inventors and innovators, which will help bring your ideas and prototypes to market.

For more information visit:

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