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Supporting You and Your Business ZOOM meeting 27/421

Supporting You and Your Business

ZOOM Meeting Tuesday 27th April @ 9:30am



The Sun is out and local businesses are starting to re-open with the High Streets coming back to life – hopefully everything will start getting back to some normality and most importantly our businesses will start to thrive again.



We still have to be careful of the dreaded virus, so we continue with our series of on-line meetings which I know many are finding very useful.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 27 April 2021. We will have Mark Middleton from LB Group talking about the current economic situation and outlook.  He will also be talking about help and assistance that is available.

We also have David Howarth from Woodford Speakers offering tips on how to speak in public without fear or trepidation, which will prove useful to virtually everyone as we emerge from the pandemic and are able to engage again with each other in person to present your business.

As usual we will have online networking with a 60 second slot to introduce yourself and tell us what you are looking for, Q & A’s of presenter and members/guests can raise questions or subjects for discussion amongst the attendees.  There is a wealth of practical experience among Chamber members, so in addition to the normal asking for business, do not be shy in asking for help if it is required. 

I hope to see you on Tuesday

Kind regards

Michael Pritchett


Redbridge Chamber of Commerce

T: 020 8270 9806







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Instagram for Beginners

Set up, brand and use Instagram to present your products and services to your customers in the most effective way.


About this Event

Why you should join in…

This workshop will be interactive with a maximum of 12 people attending, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to create a fabulous Instagram account with personal guidance.

It will be perfect for you if you’re not using Instagram yet for your business, or you are using it, but not in a professional way.

The session covers:

  • Creating and building your Instagram business account, including your bio, web links and page features, such as ‘highlights’.
  • Showcasing your business story and its personality, including branding your page.
  • Sharing relevant and creative content and designing the look and features of a fabulous ‘grid’.
  • Developing an audience by understanding how to use hashtags and @mention tags effectively.
  • Using stories, highlights, video and a shop to enhance your use of Instagram and raise awareness of your brand.

By the end of the session…

  • You’ll have a beautifully branded Instagram account – or understand fully how to create one.
  • You’ll be competent at posting relevant, interesting and creative material that showcases your services or products and the personality of your business.
  • You’ll be confident to build an audience and make it clear what you’re offering to them.

Fee: £40+vat


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Redbridge Chamber Zoom meeting 30/03/21

Supporting you and Your Business

ZOOM Meeting Tuesday 30th March @ 9:30am


 We now have a timetable for our way out of lockdown and although things will still be tough for the foreseeable future, we do have the ability to rejuvenate our businesses and in turn the economy.

 The way business is undertaken has probably changed forever and more and more things are moving “on-line”. 


With this in mind, the first of our three speakers this month is Renee Wallen who will be helping to guide us through the maze of social media marketing on Instagram and Linkedin, so that we can present our businesses in the best way possible to gain maximum results.

 We also have Kiran Shah talking about pensions & Investments through the current pandemic and Mark West, Station Manager of Redbridge Radio

 As usual we will have online networking with a 60 second slot to introduce yourself and tell us what you are looking for, Q & A’s of presenter and members/guests can raise questions or subjects for discussion amongst the attendees.  There is a wealth of practical experience among Chamber members, so in addition to the normal asking for business, do not be shy in asking for help if it is required.  

I hope to see you on Tuesday

Kind regards

Michael Pritchett

Redbridge Chamber of Commerce

T: 020 8270 9806



Business Reopening Webinar – Thursday 1st April 2021 – 11 am to 12.30 pm

Business Reopening Webinar 
Thursday 1st April 2021
11 am to 12.30 pm 


Join the Ilford BID, the London Borough of Redbridge, the Redbridge Chamber of Commerce, Kenson Civils & Highways, the Metropolitan Police, and Exchange Ilford on the 1st of April from 11 am to 12.30 pm for a business reopening webinar.

The session is aimed at providing guidance and support for businesses which will be reopening from 12th April 2021.

Take the opportunity to ask questions about security, outdoor trading, crowd control,  the High Road upgrade works, lateral flow testing, and much more.

Join our webinar by clicking on the green register button to the right.

April 2021


11 AM to 12.30 PM



Engines Off Every Stop launch webinar – Tuesday 23 February 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn more about how you can reduce vehicle emissions

Join Camden Council and Idling Action London on 23 February, 16:00 – 17:00 for a webinar to launch the London-wide Engines Off Every Stop campaign, to focus on how businesses, local authorities and communities can tackle avoidable air pollution caused by vehicle engine idling.

The webinar will feature speakers from:

  • Camden Council
  • Lambeth Council
  • Newham council
  • Veolia UK
  • Idling Action London
  • GLA

This webinar will cover:

  • The importance of clean air and the role vehicle emissions play
  • What local authority partners are doing to reduce air pollution caused by engine idling
  • How businesses can help to tackle this avoidable source of air pollution
  • How to support Idling Action London’s Engines Off Every Stop public awareness campaign

For more information and register click here

Kind regards,

Maria Gerring

Redbridge Business and Enterprise

Regeneration and Culture Directorate

London Borough of Redbridge

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Twitter: @redbridgeLive


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Supporting you and Your Business – ZOOM Meeting

Tuesday 29th September 2020 @ 2pm

I hope you are well and managing business in the “new normal”. Unfortunately, as we learnt yesterday, we are now entering further restrictions Nationally and it is possible that
Redbridge will have some sort of further local lockdown in the near future.

This makes it even more important to belong to a business support network where we can network with each other for business and to gain ideas to help promote our own businesses.

We know how important it is to maintain turnover and profit, particularly in the current climate which is challenging for many. We have therefore included in our next meeting a presentation from Kim Wheatley of Asentiv, talking about business referrals and networking. We also have Aleksandra Mielnikow-Rudnicka, Access & Progression Officer at London School of Management Education talking about apprentice opportunities and the new Government Kickstart scheme which may provide you with a useful extra pair of hands at reduced cost.

As usual we will have online networking, Q & A’s and members and guests can raise questions or subjects for discussion. If afterwards you would like someone’s direct contact details, simply reply to this email and we will affect an introduction for you.

I hope to see you on Tuesday

Kind regards

Michael Pritchett

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Key policy updates – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Key policy updates from the last week – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Business support

CBILS has been extended

  • More businesses are now set to benefit from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) as the Government has made changes to state aid rules, according to a Government news story. This means that more small businesses can benefit from loans up to the size of £5m.
  • Prior to this announcement, businesses which were classed as “undertakings in difficulty” were unable to access CBILS because of EU rules, however this has now changed.
  • The UK Government, alongside industry groups, lobbied to relax the restrictive rules in the European Temporary State Aid Framework to ensure more businesses can access much needed funding.
  • • The full correspondence between representatives of the UK, EU and industry groups can be found online here.

BEIS funding for small business training

  • • BEIS has committed £20 million to improve small business’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes.
  • • The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision makers’ leadership skills, so they are able to address management challenges
  • • The Peers Network Programme will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills, such as finding new customers and using technology to adapt a business model.

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

  • Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government announces £20 million new funding to help businesses across England get back on track.
  • Small and medium sized businesses in England can access grants between £1,000 – £5,000 for new equipment and technology and specialist advice
  • Minister confirms new support while visiting businesses and local leaders across Cornwall

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government – £1.3 billion investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs

  • • Over 300 shovel-ready projects in England to share £900 million investment to build homes and infrastructure, and create jobs o Officials have said that the move will help to build up to 45,000 homes, create up to 85,000 jobs and cut CO2 emissions by roughly 65m kg.
  • o £22.1m was allocated to London through the London Economic Action Partnership
  • • £360 million investment confirmed to deliver 26,000 new homes on brownfield land
  • • Strict accreditation rules for tradespeople involved in the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to ensure homes are of the highest quality

Support line for apprentices

    • A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched today by the Government. o The new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (RASSA) will ensure apprentices can access local and national services that provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support, and help them to find a new job should they need it.
    • From today, employers large and small are also being encouraged to take advantage of generous new cash incentives designed to create more high quality apprenticeship opportunities so more people, particularly young people, can kick-start an exciting and rewarding career.
    • Employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25 they hire, and £1,500 for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, up to the 31st January 2021. This includes taking on an apprentice who has been made redundant.

More information on Job Retention Bonus was announced

  • It states that now employers can claim the bonus for all eligible employees who had been previously furloughed, which equates to £1,000 for every previously furloughed staff member if they are employed until January 2021.
  • As the scheme is designed to protect jobs, those who are serving notice for redundancy will not be eligible for the bonus.

The Mayor of London has pledged a £1m fund to help small businesses and community groups

  • The aim of the fund is to make sure that the community groups and SME’s are well prepared for future emergencies.
  • Businesses, social enterprises and community groups will be matched with innovators who will help them find new ways of delivering their products and services in these new circumstances.
  • Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to support designing and testing these innovations.

New law to help those made redundant after furlough

  • A new law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments, and thus on their full ‘normal’ pay rather than a lower rate due to them having been furloughed. o This will ensure that those who were first furloughed under the CJRS and have subsequently been made redundant will not lose out on money for the duration of them not working.
  • o The changes will also apply to statutory notice pay and other entitlements, providing some reassurance during this difficult time, according to the recent announcement.

New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead

  • • The new iPhone app provides real-time train times in a mobile-friendly way and information to enable travel at quieter times outside peak hours to help customers maintain social distancing.
  • • The app also offers alternative routes and walking and cycling options. These features will develop further based on customer feedback.
  • • An Android version will be released later this year.

Policy updates – note that the House of Commons is in recess from 22nd July to 1st September

New Government consultation on traffic management for Kent

  • • The Government has launched a consultation about legislation it proposes to renew and update to ensure that traffic management plans can be effectively enforced, and incentivise hauliers to ensure they are ‘border-ready’ before setting off for Kent.

Homeowners offered up to £10,000 for energy efficiency changes

  • • Under the new “green homes grants” scheme, more than 600,000 people in England will be eligible to apply for vouchers to install insulation, heat pumps, and solar panel systems.
  • • Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme is a “vital part of our plans for jobs”, to enable the UK to have a “green recovery” from the effects of the coronavirus on the economy.