Seven Kings pop up culture twist – report on latest business drop in by Kim Judge

Seven Kings Business & Community Partnership Drop-In Sessions7KBCP logo final low res

Our twist on the pop-up culture has flourished since manifesting an idea that was set in motion approximately six months ago.

Our drop-in sessions have taken over the Seven Kings Library every two weeks since launching on the 7th March. The concept allows local professionals, start-up businesses, statutory services and community based organisations to connect with the local community members in a mutually accessible resource centre.

The drop-in sessions have significantly increased since launching and our mailing list is growing which highlights the interest of the local community.

Please note that the next drop in is Monday 11th April 11-1 (Ed)

On Monday 21st March, Claudia Castillo from the ‘London Small Business Centre’ presented a number of people with information and advice about funding opportunities available to those who are starting a business. They have recently been linked with the Enterprise Desk located on Level 2 of Ilford Central Library; where social enterprises, new businesses and start-ups are welcome to use an open work space with free wifi and access to business information.

Other stalls and information included:

  • Goodmayes start-up business ‘RS Mortgage Solutions Ltd’ directed by Rozi Sahota, who advised guests about mortgage and protection issues related to property. (see her guest blog here)

  • ‘Aspire 2 Learn’ presented exciting opportunities for those who wish to apply for apprenticeship schemes and access to language courses.

  • Ansah Hussain of Language Communication Services was advising local residents on interpreting training and work opportunities (see her guest blog here)

  • Daniel Moore from Redbridge Council gave advise on business issues and Ros Southern of Sophia Hubs was there to give information on start-up business support and Redbridge Timebank

  • In addition, we were supported by the local councillors, Cllr Bob Littlewood and Stuart Bellwood, who were able to help residents with local concerns as well as provide information about statutory services including health and wellbeing. Also the local Safer Neighbourhood team were on hand to meet the public.

During the session, we were joined by the Community Ambassadors for CrossRail (see Sophia Hubs blog), who were able to speak with local residents about the up and coming changes and inclusive activities occurring in the area in the next few months. There are fantastic changes occurring in the local area and the partnership are able to represent the views and desires of the local community as a whole as we work towards a collective goal that encourages a successful futuristic vision for all.

The next drop-in session will take place on 11th April and will continue every two weeks until the 23rd May.

If you would like to be involved in an upcoming event; please get in touch with us via our Facebook page and we would be happy to add you to our mailing list.  Our website will be live soon!

Keep up to date with all our activities and events via our Facebook page – Our Seven Kings. We encourage you to like, comment and share the news!

Kim JudgeKim Judge, 7KBCP Board member

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