New Launchpad Centre is ready for take-off!

The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) has launched its brand new business centre for start-ups and small businesses looking to accelerate the growth of their companies. Part of the CEME campus in Rainham, the Launchpad Centre offers a mix of high quality co-working space (hot desks and fixed desks) and small office space to let, with in-built business support included from its resident entrepreneur.

Available to any business working within the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors and in partnership with The Mayor of London and Havering Council, the Launchpad Centre has been designed to nurture and grow young businesses. Its focus is bringing companies together and helping them survive and thrive through their formative years.

Businesses can sign licence agreements with CEME for hot desks, fixed desks or small office units on a rolling monthly basis, and all include features such as super-fast broadband.

Bill Williams, CEME Chief Executive commented:

“The new Launchpad Centre is a shining example of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors come together to support the growth of young technology businesses. We are delighted with the look and feel of the new building and, most importantly, the opportunities that it offers businesses in the London Riverside Opportunity Area. We are grateful to The Mayor of London and Havering Council for their involvement and support in enabling this project.”

Councillor Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for business development said:

“Launchpad’s mix of modern facilities, practical business support and a collaborative working environment, make it a great place to base your tech business. Havering is acknowledged as one of the best areas of the country to start a business and I am pleased that this new centre will help nurture many of them through the critical early years so that they take root and support jobs for local people.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

“The Launchpad Centre is a valuable new workspace within the London Riverside development. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting London’s newest workplaces, which includes everything from affordable co-working and artist studios to workshops and makerspaces. Small businesses are the lifeblood of London’s economy and these spaces are crucial for innovative people to pursue their ideas.”

To find out more about the Launchpad Centre or accessing the Centre’s business support service, talk to Sebastian Coombs on 020 8596 5192 or email