Welcome to the Newham Chamber of Commerce
We are a thriving Chamber in a vibrant area of London, Newham has been the host borough of the London 2012 Olympic / Paralympic Games and is now seeing massive redevelopment in the Olympic Park. Other major attractions are;
Westfield Stratford City, London City Airport, Excel Exhibition Center, the Emirates Cable.
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What does sustainability mean for business?
On 26th April a briefing talk was given at the Chamber breakfast meeting on the importance of businesses incorporating more environmentally positive practices in their businesses. Regardless of size every business should be thinking about how they can improve their environmentally sustainable credentials. This is becoming a critical success factor and key to the long term survival of business in the future. If nothing else the introduction of a number of government initiatives are increasingly impacting every business. Some of the new legislation introduced recently includes the sugar tax to tackle obesity and ensure that businesses are not profiting from people’s misery. The Clean Air Act, Water Reduction Act both of which have been introduced so that companies reduce their impact on our environmental resources. Businesses who sell products with high sugar content have begun to add healthier alternatives to their range to save on cost. Whilst manufacturers of high sugar products have been forced to reduce the amount of sugar in their ingredients to less than 10% to avoid falling into the sugar tax bracket. The 5p tax on plastic bags has led to a change in consumer behaviour around buying habits. There has also been a recent ban […]
First Green Business Forum presentation
First Green Business Forum presentation took place during the breakfast meeting held at the Good Hotel On 4th of September 2017 We discussed the purpose of the forum and then the Green Business of the year 2016 award Winner Meena Joshi of Aardra Systems Ltd gave a talk about her business. Hear from a business doing it already in the Environmental Sustainability space Meena Joshi is the CEO of Aardra. She runs the business with her husband and her son. Let me tell you a bit more about our business:- We are a LTD company based in East London, UK and we are a Research, Developer and manufacturer of water Management systems that is an intelligent electronic structure that senses the moisture in the soil and responds accordingly to adequately supply the soil with water. As you may be aware, water resource is depleting globally and in some countries resulting in the cause of droughts while various parts of the world now have desert like environments due to climate changes. Our systems working range is from a single pot in a garden to a commercial farm. Water is only provided when requested by a plant or a plantation (subject to appropriate […]
Eggsellent result for Chamber
Eight-six Easter eggs and £53.50 – enough for another 53 eggs – were donated at our March breakfast meeting to the appeal to bring Easter joy to Newham children in family difficulties. In the 2017 inaugural year, 72 eggs and no money were donated. Kevin Jenkins, OBE, founder of appeal organisers Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, says in a letter: “Overall, the appeal raised 1,725 eggs, which we distributed to the disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk children referred to the appeal. Everyone’s efforts are truly appreciated and you have helped to make a real difference this Easter for the area’s most needy children.”
Elizabeth Line progress
Work on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1) at Pudding Lane, Stratford, has been completed. It involved track work allowing trains to enter and exit new tunnels from the existing railway. Upgraded overhead lines, signals and track have been completed at Gidea Park to enable the 200m-long Elizabeth Line trains to use sidings. There are talks being held to extend the line to Bexley and north Kent. There is still no news of discussions on getting a station to serve London City Airport.