On Thursday 25th October the HBP autumn Breakfast Networking event was held at the Redbridge Cycle Centre in Forest Road which is a very popular venue for the HBP and its members. The event was again sponsored by Hills of Woodford / Toyota & Lexus under the leadership of Mr. Dave Bemment the Business Centre Manager.

The event was very well supported by our members and sponsors, around a dozen presentations were made by business owners and sponsors and the event was again very successful for all concerned.

Mr. Bemment has already confirmed that Toyota are happy to sponsor another event in the autumn next year around the same, Dave brought along a couple of new models for everyone to have a look at and several member’s took up the offer of a test drive.

Should you as a member wish to make a presentations at our next event in the spring please let us know.

We were also fortunate to have the leader of the local authority Cllr Keith Prince come along for a brief period, he asked if he could say a few words about some new information he had re the HBP, during his speech he indicated that he has again been in conversation with TFL re getting a Bus rerouted through the Park to help employees in getting to work. He also highlighted that because Fairlop Station on the Central Line is not supported by a bus Service it is one of the most unused stations on the Central Line, we awaiting further information.

We have been able to install a new CCTV System onto the Acorn Centre in Roebuck Road, these camera’s cover various areas of this estate which has 18 units, but we have also added a ANPR camera unit to monitor the entrance area and record all vehicle movement on a 24/7 basis, this installations has an infra-red system for night recording and should it be necessary will back up the main CCTV system we have in place around the Park linked to the Borough control centre.

We have now introduced several of these types of systems which have been very useful in reducing criminal activity.

We would like to thank all those businesses who were willing to assist us in housing the recording equipment .

This is part of the HBP Ltd on- going security improvements during the current BID term.

In October we have been able to provide 4 days of First Aid Training for the members and their employees, the response to our offer was very high so we had to hold courses on 4 days instead of our proposed two days.

Please check the HBP web site for FREE training offers, in November we are having a Fire Wardens training day.

On Thursday 11th October between 9am and 1-30pm the Met Police carried a high visabilty day on the Business Park, this is part of the on-going security improvements in reducing the movement of unauthorised scrap metal throughout the borough.
During their time here officers stopped a total of 62 vehicles these were checked for various reasons, some Fixed Penalties Notices were given out along with some vehicle’s being seized for certain offences.

We thank the local Officers for their time and they have informed us that there will be another day in the near future.

DRIVERS CPC Training – We have now completed 5 modules for those members whose staff require to meet the new government legislation on the new “ Competent Drivers Certificate”.

AGM Thursday 10th May @ Redbridge Cycle Centre , Forest Road

The HBP Annual General Meeting was held last week, at the meeting officers were proposed and seconded to serve on the HBP BID Board for the next financial year, a record of this is available should any member who was unable attend require to see it.
Also at the meeting the Chairman made his Annual Report on the work and changes the board has been able to make during the last year, once again a copy of this is available to all members.

The Treasurer informed the members attending of the financial position of the BID company , including Levy collections, sponsorship and items that the board has been able to spend levy monies on during 2011-12.
The treasurer informed the meeting that all of the BID companies accounts had been forwarded to our accountants Steele Robertson Goddard in London and their report would be available to all members on their return next month.

A full written report on the BID company activities for 2001/12 was sent out by the BID company to all members and was attached to the new Levy Invoices sent out by the LBR Rates office in April 2012.

Various other items were discussed and copies of the minutes will be available in June:

Hainault Business Improvement District – BID Board – 2006 -16

Fire Wardens Training Course
The HBP have been able to offer members and their staff a new training course, we have held 3 half day courses on the Business Park during April for Fire Wardens, this course provided information on some of the following items:
Fire Wardens role – Practical Fire Fighting session – Fire prevention measures – Fire Drills and pre planning – Basic principles of Risk Assessment
Please check your HBP web site for more FREE training offers.

Green Business Awards
Twelve businesses from Hainault Business Park have received awards from the Council for their environmental efforts.
The Redbridge Green Business Awards are being piloted by the Council at the business park. They recognise and promote businesses that are operating in an environmentally sustainable manner. They are a clear and easy way for businesses to show their commitment to sustainability to their customers.
The awards break down into three categories, Gold, Silver and Bronze, with businesses required to show an increasing level of action and dedication to receive the higher awards.

First Aid Training
During March we have held 5 days of FREE First Aid Training for members, over 50 employees attended, these training days are always very popular and in the last year we have trained over 100 HBP staff, probably making this business park one of the safest to work on !!
It will be our intention to hold more courses during the rest of the year, so please ensure that you check the HBP web site for details on a regular basis.
We have a Fire Wardens training day course in April , have you booked a place to meet your Health & Safety requirements?

Spring Network Event – Sponsored by Lombard Asset Finance
On Thursday 22nd March over 70 people attended our first Business Networking Event for 2012, it was held at the Redbridge Cycle Centre in Forest Road and was a great success.
The meeting was opened by Mr. Mo Miah Relationship Director for LOMBARD, this was the second time LOMBARD have supported an HBP Breakfast Event.
We were very fortunate to have our MP Lee Scott Ilford North and the Leader of the Council Cllr Keith Prince attend and also make a brief speech to the members and guests.
The HBP board of directors would like to thank them for taking time out of their very busy schedules to support and meet the members.
As usual at these very popular events some of the business owners had arranged to make brief presentations about their businesses and what services they had to offer other members.
It was reported after the event that several businesses had made good contacts re future work, and some also confirmed new work opportuinities.

Met Police High Visibility Day
On Thursday 9th February several officers from the local Met Police were on the HBP carrying out various vehicle checks, it was reported by the local Sargent Richard Egan that they time spent by the officers on the Business Park was very good, and highlighted the presence of the local force to the members and those who travel through the Park on a daily basis.
We are hoping that the officers concerned with the authority of the local Inspector will return for another visit soon.