Havering continues to be the best borough for starting a business

Published: Friday, 25 August 2017

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 by investing 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 a dual focus of encouraging people with an idea to start a business, and supporting early stage businesses to grow.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council 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.  We aim to provide first class business opportunities for all companies and will continue to seek new and innovative ways to support and grow our business community.”

Emma Jones, 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.”