The Launchpad, a new facility that supports nascent and early-stage businesses at the CEME campus in Rainham, has attracted royal attention.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, visited the centre to host a mentoring session of prospective entrepreneurs. They were pitching business ideas to a panel in the early rounds of a "Pitch@Palace" competition that gives eventual winners access to high-level networks and support.
Opened earlier this year on CEME's business, skills and education campus, The Launchpad offers a mix of desks and small office space to let, with business support included from its resident entrepreneur.
Available to any early-stage business working within the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, the focus of Launchpad, supported by Havering Council and the mayor of London, is to bring companies together and help them survive and thrive through their formative years.
When they are ready to expand, they will be supported to move to larger premises within London Riverside, including the newly developed SEGRO Enterprise Park, or the serviced officers and workshops in the Innovation Centre.
A free training course that provided participants with the support and tools to start a business took place in May with more than 80 Havering…