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The best place to start

By Debbie Ashford - Fri 3 November 2017, 10:50 am

Havering has been named as the best borough for tech companies to set up business by recruitment firm Talentful, which specialises in the technology industry.

This follows recognition in 2015 when Havering was called the "start-up capital of Britain". New tech startups in the borough have a high success rate: over nine in 10 survive beyond one year.

The council offers support by investing in affordable workspace and through its dedicated StartUp programme, launched in July 2016 and managed by Enterprise Nation. 

Help includes delivering workshops, one-to-one consultations, tender-ready training and a series of webinars. The programme continues until March 2018 with a dual focus of encouraging people to start a business and supporting them to grow.  

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation says: "In the past year of working in Havering, we've seen first-hand the depth of entrepreneurial talent in the borough and the ambitious nature of the area's founders. Our job, via the StartUp Support programme, is to ensure opportunities are realised and ideas come to life."

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