London Borough of Harrow Business Update – February 2019

The following are all of the business events, initiatives and programmes that will take place in the forthcoming months in the borough of Harrow. 

Harrow Business Den 2019: The Final (13 March)

Harrow’s most anticipated business event is back for its’ sixth year and will take place on 13 March. four finalists will battle it out for a chance to win a year’s business support but only one will be crowned winner of the 2019 Harrow Business Den competition. Bringing together the local business community, the event which is organized by Harrow Council includes an exhibition and attracts hundreds of business people every year. It’s an evening of networking and a great opportunity to find out about the excellent business support available.

You can book here for the Harrow Business Den 2019. This event is free of charge.

Business Finance Workshop (4 March)

This workshop, organized by Brunel Co-Innovate, is designed to cover most aspects of business finance. The objectives of the workshop are to help you develop a greater understanding about financial matters, and to build confidence in cash flow forecasting, making a profit and managing your money. The workshop will host a variety of presenters, who will help you understand financial budgeting and budgeting in relation to costs, as well as giving key tips/tools, software and Apps that will make them more adept in running a successful business.

You can book here for the Business Finance Workshop. This event is free of charge.

Women in Business – #Networking (8 March)

This is an open free network meeting for Women in Business hosted by NatWest’s Business Growth Enabler Stewart Smith & supported by Harrow London Borough Council to celebrate International Women’s day 2019. The event will consist of presentations by various speakers, and networking opportunities.

You can book here for the Women in Business – #Networking event. This event is free of charge.

The Power of Facebook Lead Generation  – Turn Your Fans into Profit (25 April)

NatWest invites you to this complimentary event hosted by Luv4 Marketing, which will focus on utilizing Facebook for marketing purposes. Attendees of this event will also receive 3 gifts worth £897 in total: a free Marketing Audit (RRP £199), a free Marketing Strategy Review (RRP £399) and free access to the facebook eLearning Course (RRP £299). Limited places are available.

You can book here for The Power of Facebook Lead Generation  – Turn Your Fans into Profit event. This event is free of charge.

Grow Your Business Programme

If you are looking to overcome your barriers to growth and achieve your potential, the Business Growth Programme may be able to help. This is open to companies with 3 to 250 employees, a turnover of less than £40m operating in key broad sectors: financial, business services and technology, life sciences and innovation, creative and urban.

You can sign up here for the Grow Your Business Programme.

£2 million investment to help small businesses to grow

The Business Basics Programme is designed to test innovative ways of encouraging small and medium sized enterprises to adopt existing technologies and management practices to improve their productivity.

You can read more about this here.

Business Finance

Are you and your business looking to start up, scale up or stay ahead? Start-Up Loans of up to £25,000 can give you a much-needed boost if you’re just starting out. Or take a look at the Finance Hub and the British Business Bank for more finance options for smaller businesses.

MTD for VAT pilot is now open from April to all affected businesses 

The MTD for VAT pilot is now open to all who will be mandated to use the MTD service from April 2019. HMRC has indicated that it wants as many eligible businesses as possible to join the pilot ahead of the mandation in April and directs users to the support packs available.

Read more here.

Update letter from The Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is writing reminders to all employers that, from 6 April 2019, the minimum amount to be paid to a workplace pension is increasing to 8% – and employers must contribute at least 3% of the total contribution. TPR recommended seeking further guidance from their website, and to ensure that the payroll software used is compliant with the changes.

Prepare your business for EU Exit

If you run a business you can access information on a range of measures you may need to take in order to prepare, including the guidance available in the event of no deal.
Use the information in this website to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.

Read more here.

Forthcoming Opportunities

Sopra Steria, a leading European digital transformation services company, is hiring for positions around the UK.

View current opportunities and apply direct.

Resolve late payment disputes

If you’re having issues with not being paid on time, the Small Business Commissioner can provide advice on late and unfair payment, help you take action and work to resolve disputes.

Marketing Week Live (6-7 March)

Covering the entire spectrum of the marketing mix, enhance your knowledge on today’s ever-changing trends and techniques with top key solution providers.

You can book here for Marketing Week Live.

B2B Marketing Expo (27-28 March)

Experts from the likes of Google, LinkedIn, ITV, Fujitsu and Amazon will be on hand to inform visitors with the latest marketing guidance available plus the industry’s biggest brands and innovative suppliers will be showcasing the solutions shaping the future of marketing.

You can book here for the B2B Marketing Expo. 

Harrow YBC March Business Breakfast (29 March)

Free to attend, this morning meet-up at The Roundhouse, Hatch End High School is a great way to meet fellow local business owners, startups, entrepreneurs and managers to build your contacts list and potentially meet your next customer, supplier or friend.
The format is casual and relaxed.

You can book here for the Harrow YBC March Business Breakfast. This event is free of charge.