Starts: 15/09/2022 6:00 pm
Ends: 15/09/2022 8:00 pm
Location: Redchurch Brewery
Programme: 6pm – Networking and food 6.30pm – Sessions 7.30pm – Networking and food 8pm – Close Meet your speaker Anita […]
Starts: 22/09/2022 10:00 am
Ends: 22/09/2022 1:00 pm
Location: Paringdon Sports Club
Meet local suppliers and build local connections.
Starts: 13/10/2022 8:00 am
Ends: 13/10/2022 9:30 am
The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) project will comprise of 16,000 new homes and related infrastructure constructed in Harlow and neighbouring […]
“What’s really interesting about the events, is that I can learn from the person that’s actually judging the bids. It was so useful to find out exactly what they are looking for. I will be attending more Opportunity Harlow events – they are really useful for a small business like ours.”
“The programme provides such an amazing opportunity for local businesses to engage with each other. For us, it’s a platform to meet more local business owners. It’s free because it’s government funded. The events are only a couple of hours, and the information is really useful. So why not take part!”
“The content of the event is unreal. I mean, usually, you would have to pay for that kind of education or insight. Learning whilst you’ve got a free breakfast or whilst you’re sat amongst other people in the same boat, it’s just amazing.”
“I love the concept of Opportunity Harlow. I love the whole idea of keeping the money within the town and working with people within the town. We want to work with as many local businesses as we can.”
“As a result of the support and networking opportunities we’ve received from the Opportunity Harlow project – we’ve been introduced to HTS to present our domestic insulation services as well as to the Retrofit Academy regarding the upskilling of some of our staff members.”
“As a result of our exposure on the Opportunity Harlow portal and the connections made – we are now presenting our site lighting capabilities to Tier 1’s in the Sizewell C construction project.”
“What a fabulous resource! We have just won a contract which was issued on Opportunity Harlow. The portal is super easy to navigate which allowed us to respond to the tender. If we had not been a member, we would have missed this opportunity. If you are a local business, then I highly recommend you join, you’ll get priority access to some great contracts and best of all – it’s free.”
Why should my business get involved?
The aim of the project is to provide opportunities, connections, and resources for businesses to grow sustainably making the Harlow economy more resilient. We have over 200 Opportunity Harlow members so far. These companies are benefitting from the opportunities, local networking and procurement related events provided by this government-funded programme:
- It’s free to join
- Discover business opportunities from organisations that are actively searching for local suppliers
- Attend procurement related events, learn from industry experts, and meet the buyers
- Network with like-minded business owners that want to do more business locally
- Promote your business via the Opportunity Harlow network and build new connections
Opportunity Harlow is open to businesses in the Harlow and surrounding area including Harlow and the nearby district councils of Uttlesford, Epping Forest, East Hertfordshire, and Broxbourne.
Not sure if your business is eligible? Complete the form and our team will check and let you know the next steps.
Businesses who are not eligible for this programme will be sign-posted to other forms of support.
What is Opportunity Harlow?
Launched in January 2022, Opportunity Harlow is a pilot programme created to make the Harlow economy more resilient.
The online members portal highlights new business opportunities as well as providing access to procurement related resources and events. Members use the events to network whilst learning from industry experts to help them win more business locally.
Run by the Haven Gateway Partnership, on behalf of Harlow Council and with links to organisations and sponsors of large-scale projects in the area, Opportunity Harlow can sign-post members to projects that are actively searching for local suppliers.
Opportunity Harlow is funded by UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
Over £2bn of investment will be made in Harlow over the next 10 years. To give local businesses a better chance of accessing these opportunities, Harlow District Council applied for funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund to set up Opportunity Harlow.
By bringing local businesses together we hope to build wealth within the Harlow community, and support local employment.
Learnings from Opportunity Harlow will inspire similar programmes elsewhere around the country.
Whether you provide scaffolding or sausages, the business opportunities that the construction of Sizewell C nuclear power station are significant.