Redbridge start-up support – business basics by Amal the accountant Tues 13 December

Sophia Hubs weekly entrepreneurs’ club with local business speaker

amal-simothyThis week we welcome Amal Simothy who will share his experiences of setting up an accountancy practice with his wife in 2012.  He will also share his tips for start-ups having seen the successes and mistakes of start-ups they have worked with.  Amal  and his wife run Accounting Preneur and have written an
electronic book of business  tips

  • Tuesday 13th December 1-2.30
  • Enterprise Desk, 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Librarybusiness-tips (Ilford)
  • Open to all start-ups
  • More established businesses or community groups also welcome  if  you’re  wanting a business skills refresher!

To reserve a place click here

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More information on the entrepreneurs’ club….

Our weekly entrepreneurs’ club provides practical support to start-up businesses and a community network in Redbridge. 

It’s a network of local people with entrepreneurial ideas to learn, share and grow their enterprises together.  We meet at different times of the week at the Redbridge Institute (our new base) or Enterprise Desk (Redbridge Central Library).

There’s monthly topics, a speaker, input from everyone, time to work on your business
and networking.  All our speakers say the same thing – business is about relationships and your customers are people who know you and like you. Lots of deals take place here!

We believe in collaboration and strong community/business relationships.  The speakers offer their input for free; they get satisfaction from helping out and the opportunity to increase  their networks and potential customers. In the same way start-ups, small businesses and community groups give and take.

We are particularly keen to support social enterprise and more socially conscious business practices.

 

Celebrating Trading Post – a new popup street food market in Ilford with opportunities for start-ups

What’s it all about?

fullsizerender-3It’s a pilot for a new market in Ilford Town Centre.  A winter street food market with local food traders and businesses.  It’s the UK’s first halal street market.  It’s an opportunity to try out and buy new food products not available elsewhere.  It’s a new cultural event for Ilford!

When is it?

  • Saturdays and Sundays up until Christmas
  • Trading hours will be: Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5 and Christmas Eve 10-3fullsizerender-1

What will the food be like?

  • Fresh,  fabulous, varied and vegan/vegetarian or Halal. And friendly because it’s locals and start-ups that want to engage with their potential customers.🙂

Who is behind it?

  • Work Redbridge in collaboration with Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is working in Enterprise deskpartnership with Ilford BID and Peckish Catering to bring street food traders to Ilford
  • Redbridge and Vision RCL is part of their business support programme Enterprise Desk. Trading Post is a pop-up market stall that provides new businesses in Redbridge with the opportunity to test their idea or sell their product at a live event. The winter street food fair will see Trading Post run by four first time traders offering products from homemade sauces to Turkish street food . The participants have had support from Enterprise Desk with their business plans and preparing to trade, everything they need to help get them in front of customers. Peckish Catering, themselves an Enterprise Desk member (and Small Business 100 business) are running the established traders part of the event (five other street food traders).

Who are the start-up traders?

  • More info to follow!

Where can I find more info?

Ilford green pop up market logo low resWhat else  is happening on Saturday 10th that day to go to? 

The Christmas Ilford green pop up market with stalls, activities and a friendly community cafe. Just turn down Clements  Road and there’ll  be some flags  out.  Free stalls still available. Comment at end  of this blog for more info – we’ll get back to  you. This is run  by Sophia Hubs  and Ilford Recycles.


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Fab Indie Christmas shopping at Ilford Green Pop Up market 10th December 11-3ish

Shop local and support your Redbridge upcyclers, artists, crafters and groups

wreaths-by-commonwealth-gardenersIlford Green Pop Up Christmas market

Saturday 10 December 11-3, bikes servicing and sale from 10-12

Salvation Army, Clements Road, IG1 1BH

Oooh there’s so much….. locally sourced wreaths, cushions,  candles, mendhi art, paintings, upycling, vintage, fairtrade, give & take, flowers, cards…

And hearty winter food, mulled juices, cakes and all sorts

And craft activities including make your own wreath, And Habiba’s Give or Take  stall

And a Santa Christmas bike ride leaving at 12 returning at 3.45

And a Christmassy community spirit atmosphere with  very warm welcome!🙂

This market is an initiative and partnership between Salvation Army/Ilford Recycles social enterprise, Sophia Hubs  and Ilford Transition town that runs the fab community cafe.

green smileyStalls are free as we need your help and  contacts and promotion to  help build up this funky Ilford hub.

Please get in touch with the  Sophia Hubs green business volunteers at hannunna@yahoo.com or ros.southern@sophiahubs.com.

 

 

 

Hear Jyoti Bhatt on why small businesses must have strategy for financial and wealth management 6 Dec 6.30

jyoti-bhattStart-up Jyoti Bhatt to share important tips at Sophia Hubs entrepreneurs’ club

  • Tuesday 6th December 6.30-8.30pm
  • Room C, Redbridge Institute, Gaysham Ave, Gants  Hill IG2 6TD

We love  giving start-ups an opportunity to promote their business and share their USP at  the Entrepreneurs’ club and are looking forward to this session.  It’s aimed at start-ups but this is an open invitation. Jyoti’s talk is not only aimed at businesses but also the owners and their personal finances.

I am going to share with you my 35 years experience in the informal setting  of Sophia Hubs Entrepreneurs’ club.  I am  going to help you think about financial and wealth  protection of your business and about making good and safe investments.  I am pleased  to have this opportunity to give back  to the entrepreneurs’ club.

Jyoti Bhatt (known as Jay) has recently launched a small Redbridge business in wealth management.  He will  give an overview of  the four main areas in the wealth management field.

  • Investment Planning – to help you accumulate capital in a flexible, tax-efficient and suitably diversified manner.
  • Retirement – so that you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you stop working.
  • Estate Planning – to minimise Inheritance Tax so that, in due course, your family receive as much of your wealth as possible, yet without compromising your own standard of living.
  • Protection – to help you and your family avoid financial catastrophe, should you suffer long-term incapacity, or die whilst others are financially dependent on you.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend by  commenting  below or texting 07707 460309


 

Organic Ilford has bounced back with weekly veg bags – older, wiser, better

Guest blog by Tony Lotter of Organic Ilford, a Redbridge social enterprise

Christmas 2015. I was exhausted and fed up. Our little scheme was thriving but was being blighted by ongoing supplier issues and thefts at our Redbridge pick-ups. Replacing produce or refunding customers was costing us more than we could afford. As was hiring transport to collect and deliver produce. After spending hours in the cold (and growing dark) weighing and packing veg and hearing my one-year-old daughter calling for me over and over, I decided I’d had enough. I wanted to spend my time with my family, not with turnips or spreadsheets.

So I closed the scheme and took a year off. Everyone said I was mad. But I didn’t feel drained anymore.  Volunteering is great to do but when you are locked into doing it because you feel obliged to or an organisation treats you like staff but can’t afford to pay you, well that’s when you start to resent it. And resentment damages both the individual and the company.

Time away allowed me to rethink the purpose of Organic Ilford. I missed the ultra-fresh, local, seasonal produce each week and I couldn’t find anything like what we’d supplied in the shops in Ilford, and the tiny variety of organic food that was available was so overpriced we couldn’t afford much of it. Then Brexit happened and although that might not seem like it has any relevance to a small-scale veg scheme, the implications of leaving the EU to our food supply are huge. UK farms rely on skilled (and cheap) European labour and for some of the year (known as ‘the hungry gap’) the UK has to import food as we have either run out of stored produce or what is growing isn’t ready to harvest yet. Besides, we can’t grow things like citrus fruits, so we need to import those. And while everyone is distracted by UK (and USA) politics, climate change is running rampant and diddly-squat is being done about it.

I set up Organic Ilford as a way of helping to create local solutions to global problems. I decided to relaunch it to continue that goal.

Agriculture is the biggest global polluter. Which is pants given we need to eat. But what we eat and how it’s farmed can either has a positive or negative impact, to us and the planet. Your money has power and where you spend it empowers that thing. Buying a weekly veg bag from Organic Ilford supports a community-focused food chain that has a tangible impact on the local community, economy and environment.

By prioritising chemical-free growers and farmers as close to Redbridge as possible we can invest our hard-earned money in the local economy, paying farmers and workers a fair price, and not giving it to tax-dodging companies and shareholders. Ecological agriculture protects wild and edible biodiversity and works to protect nature, rather than actively degrade and destroy it. Reconnecting people with their food supply returns power to individuals, not corporations.

Knowing the name of the farmer that grew the food that now graces your plate is not some hipster fad; it means you are supporting a real person, keeping them in business, keeping a roof over their head, keeping the land safe from development and toxic chemicals. You know what is (or rather, what isn’t) in your food. You eat food that builds wellness, not illness. For you and the environment.

Our offer…

Collecting your weekly bag and not being able to pick and choose might seem inconvenient but it’s a lifestyle change that is easy to accommodate. We operate the way we do to keep overheads down in order to keep the scheme affordable.

Give it a try and help build a community food economy.  Sign up here https://www.organicilford.org/sign-up/

Toni Lotter

Sophia Hubs Christmas Spirit special! Redbridge Timebank skills swap 19 December 6 – 9.30

You are warmly  invited to Sophia Hubs Christmas spirit Timebank special

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  • Monday 19 December
  • Fold cafe, Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road,  Ilford, IG1 4JT.
  • 6.00-9.30 –  food and drink for sale by Ilford Transition Town
  • 1st hour skills swap 6.45-7.45
  • 2nd hour skills  swap 8-9
  • Food,  drink,  conversation, laughter

At this  stage  we  don’t know what skills and  activities are being offered and  are open to  ideas.

Last  time:  upcycling crafts, Ebay, business advice, cooking, making  your own  solar  lights,  Linked In  and much more.  See  the  video and photos  here.

This  time  –  we  will  definitely  have cooking and crafts and a range of businessy type help. We are open to ideas!

Book the date!  Bring your friends, colleagues and  family.  Please help us by  reserving a place  here  if  you plan  to  come.

Sophia Hubs Christmas Spirit special! Redbridge Timebank skills swap 15 December 6 – 9.30

You are warmly  invited to Sophia Hubs Christmas spirit Timebank special

christmas-tree

  • Monday 16 December
  • Fold cafe, Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley Road,  Ilford, IG1 4JT.
  • 6.00-9.30 –  food and drink for sale by Ilford Transition Town
  • 1st hour skills swap 6.45-7.45
  • 2nd hour skills  swap 8-9
  • Food,  drink,  conversation, laughter

At this  stage  we  don’t know what skills and  activities are being offered and  are open to  ideas.

Last  time:  upcycling crafts, Ebay, business advice, cooking, making  your own  solar  lights,  Linked In  and much more.  See  the  video and photos  here.

This  time  –  we  will  definitely  have cooking and crafts and a range of businessy type help. We are open to ideas!

Book the date!  Bring your friends, colleagues and  family.  Please help us by  reserving a place  here  if  you plan  to  come.