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.
Discount club grows
Member-to-member discounts on services have been boosted with Holiday Inn Express London – Excel, Dockside Road, E16 offering 10% off hotel bookings and meeting/function rooms. Other member discounts available: Aardra Systems water-saving device – 25% discount; Holiday Inn London – Stratford City – 20% discount on food and drinks; Alan Patient & Co. chartered accountants – free untimed initial consultation and 10% off first year’s fee; Chigwell Tours – 5% off coach tour bookings; Good Hotel London, Royal Victoria Dock – 5% off any event booking; There are also some special offers: A free 45-minute financial consultation with chartered accountants Lall Ondhia, A free 45-minute legal consultation with solicitors Wiseman Lee and, A free legal consultation on party wall disputes with surveyors Charles G Hibbs & Co. Each member attending a Chamber event receives a card to show to obtain the discounts.
Business Park deadline set
The first phase of the huge Chinese business park alongside the Royal Albert Dock will be completed in March next year (2019), it has been announced by developers ABP London. This will include commercial offices, retail outlets and housing. When the whole scheme is completed in 2028 it will be the biggest business park in Europe. ABP has joined with Newham Chamber of Commerce to hold a breakfast meeting on June 15th at their offices in Dockside Road, E16 to inform local businesses of the opportunities that will exist for them when the first phase is completed. To book, email John James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Records for London City
London City airport is smashing passenger targets. Last Thursday (March 22nd) recorded its best-ever day with 18,607 people boarding flights. In the week to Sunday, March 25th, a record 101,336 passengers departed from or arrived at the Silver town airport on 1,525 flights – 2% higher user numbers than the previous record in 2016. British Airways and Flybe led the way with packed journeys to Amsterdam, Dublin, Edinburgh and tourist spots. Holidaymakers are said to have boosted numbers at this normally popular airport for business people. The Easter holiday period was expected to see 55,000 passengers pass through. It’s good news for new Chief Executive Robert Sinclair, who has been buffeted by flight disruption due to bad weather conditions and an unexploded World War 11 bomb. The airport is about to start a £480m expansion, finishing in 2011.
UEL graduate ‘overwhelmed’ by £20,000 prize
University of East London (UEL) alumnus Mahyar Rahmantalab has secured a £20,000 investment package for his fledgling platform connecting local producers with influential chefs, Pomegranate, after triumphing at the University’s annual E-Factor business ideas contest. The judges, industry experts collaborating with UEL Enterprise, definitely saw a clear business opportunity in Mahyar’s pitch and will be looking forward to see more British local high-quality organic and biodynamic fruits and vegetables reaching top restaurants. Mahyar described his victory as “unbelievable” and “overwhelming”. The £20,000 start-up package prize includes funding, business support and a tenancy at the University’s Knowledge Dock Business and Innovation Centre, based at its Docklands campus, where Mahyar will be working closely with the UEL Enterprise team and surrounded by budding entrepreneurs. Timothy Isle, a member of the Enterprise Team at Knowledge Dock, said, “Receiving money is always important for a business but the support they get through our business idea incubation process is of much more value than just winning a cash prize,” “We’ve given a lot of extra support to the participants in this year’s process, including taking them through a series of workshops, a boot camp, a pitching workshop and a month of individualized mentoring.” The annual […]