This Chamber’s Executive has decided to affiliate to London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI
New services deal to help our members
This Chamber’s Executive has decided to affiliate to London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) for a trial year. Many of their services will be available to our members, some without charge and others with discounts. The full list will be available soon and appear on the website and with a flyer. Meanwhile, here is a quick dip into the attractions: This Chamber will benefit annually from those who use the LCCI import/export document service, staffed by 37 people. A 5% reward payment will be sent to us and members will get arguably the best national service of its kind. The service also provides a wealth of advice from their team/ Use of the meeting rooms at the LCCI offices. Opportunities to attend a variety of LCCI meetings. Promotion of your business on our own LCCI site, which will also feature forthcoming events, and existing LCCI members can also benefit from. Arbitration service (at a cost) to resolve disputes. Distribution of the LCCI magazine – in our case this will not be a hard copy, but one emailed to you. LCCI is based at 33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP. A selection of contact numbers, etc: londonchamber.co.uk; main switchboard – […]
How does the climate change emergency affect you?
What is climate change? The climate is the long-term pattern of day to day weather. It affects everything from the way we live the foods that grow, to our health and very existence. There is a climate emergency because our climate is changing faster than nature can adapt to it, including us as humans. The four previously distinct seasons are now merging into two seasons with spring merging into winter and autumn merging to summer. The earth’s temperature is rising every year. By declaring a Climate Emergency it acknowledges that you need to act on the causes and impacts of climate change. The United Nations says we could have just 11 years left to limit a climate change catastrophe. In 2019, Newham Council declared a climate emergency and has since set a raft of environmental measures to tackle global warming, poor air quality and waste. The information below has been extracted from the council’s website. The measures are aimed at making Newham carbon neutral by 2030, and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with UK Government targets. In July 2020, the council agreed a Climate Emergency Action Plan (PDF), which sets out some of the key […]
Green Business forum Survey
There has been a lot of talk about what the UK government is doing to lead the way on climate change and in ensuring there is a green recovery for the country. The COVID pandemic has affected every single business in one way or another. The government has now started to ease the lockdown restrictions and businesses are allowed to reopen gradually. This anonymous survey is being conducted by the Green Business forum on behalf of the Newham Chamber to establish how well chamber business members are planning for a green recovery for their business post COVID. It is important to consider climate change within your business strategy and as a chamber we want to know what is currently being done and what support businesses need. Please complete the survey as much as you can. It should only take 5 mins to complete. Click on the link below which takes you to the survey https://forms.gle/KsokSBngHUG4E2fj8 The survey will be open until 31st October
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for small businesses – Additional information
Additional Restrictions Grant for suppliers to businesses in the the retail, hospitality, events and leisure sectors We are now inviting applications for Additional Restrictions Grant from businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, events and leisure sectors which were required to close on following dates: 5 November 2020-2 December 2020; 20 December 2020-4 January 2021. Click here to view the full story
Newham High Streets: what is their future?
Everyone is invited – Chamber members and non-members – to join a Newham Council/Chamber Zoom meeting next Tuesday (June 23rd) via the link below. It is focussing on what has been done for the shopping community during the COVID-19 virus and what can be done to boost the local high streets economy in the future. The Government has a four-year programme to offer, follow-up and finance ideas, the Greater London Council’s economy committee had a discussion on Tuesday and the council is keen to be involved. This is the first joint event since the coronavirus hit. Let’s make it a positive, productive one. You do not have to be a shopkeeper. We are all customers and if we do not support our local shops they will close. When? Tuesday 23/06/2020 at 1pm. How to join? Join Zoom Meeting via the link below: https://zoom.us/j/97402685633?pwd=dGtHREhOaWdMa3lsU29aNUtOT0V0Zz09 Meeting ID: 974 0268 5633 Password: 7111
The Chamber supports 2 local food banks during Covid-19 crisis
Newham Chamber of Commerce recently found out that Food Banks in the borough are struggling to meet the increased demand. In some cases the number of people coming to food banks increased by fourfold. As such there was acute shortage at some food banks. The Chamber supported 2 food banks: St Mark’s in Beckton (this is the busiest food bank in Newham) and St Paul’s in Stratford. The Chamber delivered over 250 kgs of non-perishable items to these food banks. The Chamber will continue to support these food banks through this crisis.
Help Newham Skills Bank – Now Available
To support small businesses in Newham through these challenging times ActiveNewham and Newham Council have launched the Help Newham Skills Bank. This matches the professional skills of volunteers with the needs of small businesses and charities in order to help get them back on their feet. If you would like to make use of this service, please complete the attached form to tell us what your needs are in the areas of IT, accountancy and bookkeeping, bid writing and fundraising, law, HR and marketing/communications. But if you have other needs for professional support, please let us know. Please return the completed form to Newham Business Desk, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch with you regarding the next step. For any additional queries you can also reach Newham Business desk on 0203 373 7373.
Coronavirus – Business Support
Coronavirus or COVID19 has already had a profound impact on all of us. We are very conscious that businesses face extraordinary pressures and uncertainty and we want to do everything that we can to help. That includes making sure that the money the Government has paid to us to support local businesses gets to them as quickly as possible. This message covers revised business rates liabilities and grants to small businesses. Revised business rates liabilities We have already sent amended business rates demands to companies in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors showing the revised nil liability for the financial year 2020/21. Government advice on this has been updated since the initial announcement and we are keeping up with any new guidance issued as quickly as we can. If you haven’t received your revised bill yet please wait a few days before contacting us, as you’ll appreciate how busy we are just now. If you still haven’t received it by 13 April please contact email@example.com. If you are still liable to pay business rates then you still need to do so. Of course, if you want to discuss a payment plan or other measures then please get in touch with […]
Business Rates 2020/2021
The Council is urgently updating its business rates collection practices in response to COVID-19. The Government has also announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses. Businesses in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 (and hence a bill of up to £26,112) will pay no business rates during the coming year as relief of 100% will be granted. The measure includes shops, cinemas, restaurants, museums art galleries, theatres, gyms, small hotels, sport clubs and night clubs. This is expected to benefit over 1,550 businesses in Newham. The Council will identify eligible businesses and automatically apply the relief and issue adjusted bills, as quickly as the software suppliers can make the necessary changes. Whilst the Council awaits these changes, we are actively cancelling direct debits for those businesses that will qualify, so as to avoid further financial impact. The business rate discount for pubs will be increased to £5,000, up from £1,000. Pubs that are eligible for this additional relief will have their bills updated and resent. This will benefit up to 63 pubs in Newham. Again, we will avoid taking direct debits for these businesses until the […]
Coronavirus: Your chance to have a conference call with the Mayor of Newham
The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, has asked the Chamber to organise a conference call between her and Newham-located businesses tomorrow (Friday) about Coronavirus. This is an invaluable initiative. For it is the council that will have to organise business rate relief, grants for SMEs and those in the retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property having a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. There are other issues that may be worrying you: social care or rented property reliefs. The Mayor wants to hear from you. Be aware that there will almost certainly be a short gap before any funding reaches you. To book your call contact Lloyd Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org He will get back to you with the conference details. NB: This initiative is only for businesses based in Newham, not those who do business in the borough but are not located there. These should contact their own local council on how business rate relief and grants are being organised. CHAMBER AND CORONAVIRUS All planned Chamber events up to June 10th have been cancelled. The situation will then be reviewed. If the go-ahead is given, the first event would be a BBQ networking evening at and hosted by the […]
Newham Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting – LBN budget consultation
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Newham Council’s Cabinet have agreed draft Budget proposals for the next three years within the framework of community wealth building. The Budget continues to invest in young people, supports an ambitious housing delivery programme, addresses the climate and health emergency, supports the homeless and ensures residents in work are treated fairly. Newham businesses play a crucial part in the economy and were invited to have their say at the Newham Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on 17 February 2020. VIEW THE PRESENTATION HERE We are coming to the end of the engagement process and want to ensure you have had a chance to let us know your views by 21 February 2020. Email Peoples.Budget@newham.gov.uk. Please note, the final Budget will be voted upon at a meeting of the Council on 2 March.
Annual Chamber Christmas Toy Appeal
The Chamber’s Christmas breakfast meeting held on Thursday December 12th at the Holiday Inn – Westfield Stratford, featured the collection and donation of a number of small toys, along with some money raised, to go to the Children’s Toy Appeal. The Children’s Toy Appeal, now in its 42nd year, is run by the Newham Recorder in partnership with Community Links and facilitated by Ambition, Aspire, Achieve. We would like to thank Chamber members for it’s wonderful annual support.
Royal Docks Meet the Buyers Event – 2019
The Royal Docks Meet the Buyers event provides you with a unique and cost-effective method of presenting your products and services directly to major Royal Docks and London based buyers. Saving you time and money on marketing and frustrating cold calls we find the buyers for you and pre-arrange face to face sales meetings with buyers of your choice. London City Airport in partnership with the London Borough of Newham is working together to support the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE and her aspirations to make Newham a beacon of Community Wealth Building. LCY is proud to support the agenda in helping ensure growth in our area and London is shared locally. Click here to read more…
London City Airport has launched a new £75,000 Community Fund
London City Airport community fund will support local charities and organisations across East London. A new £75,000 Community Fund from London City Airport launches today which will provide a financial boost to local community groups, charities and organisations, with a focus on East London. Grants, ranging between £300 to £3,000, will go to initiatives that enable positive and significant change within the community and that represent inclusive and diverse communities across 13 different boroughs. Aaron Uthman, the airport’s Community Relations Ambassador and Nazmin Begum, Corporate Responsibility and Community Engagement Executive, joined local residents at the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLAC) to officially reveal details of the new registered charity. London City Airport has an existing close relationship with RDLAC and the Centre represents the ethos of organisations that the fund will support. Click here to read more…
Industrial Land adjoining Tate & Lyle Sugars in Royal Docks available to lease
Tate & Lyle Sugars have put 7.7 acres of secure open storage land on the market for lease to industrial and business tenants. The land adjoins the historic Thames Refinery on Factory Road in Silvertown. Located in the heart of London’s Royal Docks £3.5bn regeneration area, the Thames Refinery is the largest sugar refinery in the EU and one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of 1.1 million tonnes per annum. Sitting within a predominately industrial area on Factory Road, the site has been home to Tate & Lyle’s sugar operations since 1878. Estate Agent Glenny has been appointed as sole agent to market four individual hard surfaced and secure gated sites, which range from 1 to 5.3 acres and will be available for occupation immediately. The sites are situated a short walk away from Pontoon Dock, City Airport and King George V stations, all of which are served by the DLR services and provide excellent transport links across London. Road connections are also excellent with the nearby A1020 providing access to the east via the A13 and north via the A406. The Woolwich Ferry is also close by. Chris Abell, Local Affairs Manager at Tate & […]
Alan Patient & Co exhibit at School and Academy Show 2019
Alan Patient & Co are Chartered Accountants who provide Financial Clarity Management and Compliance services to the Education Sector. Their expert team have a thorough understanding of the challenges within this changing environment and have the experience needed to support School leaders, Chief Financial Officers and Business Managers to help make the money go further and give them peace of mind. They recently exhibited at the School and Academy Show 2019, which took place over two days in April and was held at the London Excel. Their stand, was filled with their wonderful moving display and competitions. In addition, they had their balloon lady on their stand meaning that many visitors were walking around with balloon bracelets, wings and wands.
Launch of the Newham Business Awards 2019
Is your business the best in the borough? If so, then we want to celebrate that at our annual business awards. The event recognises firms of any size from micro-businesses employing just a few people to the biggest with staff in the thousands. Nominations are open now with a glitzy awards ceremony due at Old Town Hall in Stratford in October. Click here to read more…
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How does the climate change emergency affect you?
What is climate change? The climate is the long-term pattern of day to day weather. It affects ev
Green Business forum Survey
There has been a lot of talk about what the UK government is doing to lead the way on climate chang