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  • Seven days a week, 362 days a year, early until late banking arrives in Hammersmith
  • Grand opening celebrations take place on Friday 14 February
  • More than 2,500 safe deposit boxes available to be reserved now

Metro Bank, known for its exceptional customer service, opens its 74th store on Friday 14 February in Hammersmith in the Kings Mall.

Metro Bank offers customers the choice to bank however, whenever and wherever they choose – whether that’s face-to-face banking in store, on the phone, online or via its mobile app.

To mark the occasion, Metro Bank is inviting businesses, residents, families and dogs to the grand opening party to celebrate the new store in Hammersmith. The store is located at 27-29 Kings Mall, King St, London W6 0QB.

The fun will kick off at 8am on Friday 14 February with entertainment including stilt walkers, a DJ, free manicures and face painting. Mayor of Hammersmith, Councillor Daryl Brown will be attending the opening to cut the ribbon alongside the new store’s Local Director, Adam Durrant and Store Manager, Kiyesha Gordon.

Metro Bank stores act a hub for the local community, the Hammersmith store once opened will host regular networking events for local businesses and colleagues will deliver its free financial education programme, Money Zone, to schools and youth groups in the area. The National Curriculum approved training, which is provided through classroom and store-based sessions, has already supported more than 100,000 children across the UK with their financial literacy.  The Hammersmith store will be hosting its first Money Zone on the morning of the opening, welcoming a group of pupils from Flora Gardens Primary School in to learn some money top tips, play games and meet the bank’s mascot, Metro Man.

Customers can visit the store seven days a week, with no appointment needed, and open a personal or business account on-the-spot, leaving with their debit card in hand, along with internet and mobile banking set-up.

The store will have more than 2,500 safe deposit boxes available, which are already available to be reserved, and will offer free coin counting facilities for customers and non-customers alike.

The Hammersmith team have been working closely with the Hammersmith BID in the lead up to the opening and last year attended its local Christmas market for charity, where Metro Bank put on a craft event for children.

Ian Walters, Managing Director of Retail and Business Banking at Metro Bank, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Hammersmith, and to be providing the very best service and convenience to our growing network of personal and business customers in the West London region. This store will give the people of Hammersmith a place not only to do their banking, but to connect with their local community and feel valued as customers.”

Patricia Bench, Hammersmith BID Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome Metro Bank to Hammersmith. We very much look forward to working closely with them at this exciting period for Kings Mall and the whole of the Hammersmith business community.”

All Metro Bank stores are open at the most convenient time for local people, from 8am to 8pm Monday to Fridays, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, 362 days a year.

North London venue join the Brentford Football Club partnership family

The Shire London, the only UK golf course designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, have joined forces with Brentford Football Club as an Official Club Supplier.


Set within close proximity to the capital, The Shire London features six par threes, six par fours and six par fives with no two consecutive holes of the same par, on either nine. The conditioning of the course is one of The Shire London’s standout features thanks to the Bridgedown Group’s recent investment into the golf course with the added benefit of no temporary greens throughout the winter months, affording golfers the opportunity to play the course in excellent condition all-year round. Golfers can experience high-quality on and off the course; Affordable Luxury is The Shire London’s secret.


The Shire’s story began in 2001 when the Menai-Davis family, current owners of the Bridgedown Group, invited Seve Ballesteros to visit a plot of land in North London where they intended to build a golf course. Just 72 hours later, a deal with Seve was signed to build what would become The Shire London. In 2007, the course opened its doors and was an instant hit with the golfing world. The Shire London prides itself on breaking away with the stuffy formality found at other golf courses in the area and has become a firm favourite with a wide range of golfers looking to enjoy a first-class golf course at affordable prices.


Alongside the golf course, The Shire London boasts a nine-hole Academy course, driving range, a new short game area (laid out across a vast 750m² expanse), gym and spacious clubhouse to relax in before or after your round. In addition, the function room provides the perfect space to host unforgettable bespoke events – from the perfect wedding day to a memorable family celebration.


Ceri Menai-Davis, Director of The Shire London, said: ‘All of us at The Shire London are extremely excited about partnering with Brentford Football Club. We pride ourselves on our forward thinking, innovative approach and it’s fantastic to see Brentford share this ethos. With Brentford preparing to move into their ground-breaking new stadium it’s certainly an exciting time to be involved and we look forward to welcoming the Brentford family to The Shire London.”


James Parkinson, Commercial Director of Brentford Football Club, added: “The golf events that we organise are always enjoyable days, but moving them to The Shire London will no doubt take them to the next level! We’re thrilled to partner with a golf club who share our values and are not afraid to do things differently. We feel that we will have a lot of fun with this partnership and look forward to working closely with Ceri and the team at The Shire London.”


On Thursday 30th January, Splendid Hospitality Group hosted the launch party and ribbon cutting for the new ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East hotel. The event was attended by over 100 guests consisting of Splendid Hospitality Group and Accor stakeholders, along with local businesses.


Complementing the glamorous Art Deco style interiors of the hotel, guests enjoyed a 1920s inspired event, complete with a red carpet welcome, retro cocktails, small plates, and live music from a blues singer and guitarist.


Members of the Splendid Hospitality team, including MD Andrew Kendrick and Vice Chairman, Nadeem Boghani, gave welcome speeches, followed by MP Seema Malhotra and Thomas Dubaere, COO of Accor Northern Europe. After speeches, senior members of the team carried out the ceremonial ribbon cutting, before guests were offered show rounds of the new 125-room hotel.


Thomas Dubaere said, “I am proud of how the ibis Styles brand has developed in the last few years – it truly is a great example of how people, passion and great design can come together to tell a story. Our partnership with Splendid Hospitality has created an excellent flagship hotel combining passionate people, great customer service and stunning design”.


MP Seema Malhotra added, “I want to thank the Boghani family for their genuine commitment to improving our local area, and the way in which you’ve designed the hotel to make it a place for business and leisure travellers.


“Thank you for the vision which has gone into this. I know the jobs you will offer to the area will be very well received because they are jobs where employees are treated to be part of the family, and part of a growing and thriving company”.


With its prime location in West London and proximity to Heathrow Airport, the new ibis Styles
hotel is ideally located to serve both business and leisure travellers, offering stylish
accommodation with convenient transport links.


Ibis Styles London Heathrow East is the 25th Ibis Styles hotel in the UK and 9th in London.


The hotel is now open and bookings can be taken at:

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, the premium pubs and hotels business, today [3 February 2020] announces the appointment of Kate Eastwood to the role of Operations Director for the City division.

Kate has a background in food, retail marketing and most recently sales in the hospitality sector. She joins from Revolution Bars where she held the post of Sales & Marketing Director.

Fuller’s Retail Director Fred Turner said: “Kate has an impressive track record and I am delighted to be adding her to my senior team.  I know that she will bring fresh impetus to a team operating in an ultra-competitive marketplace.”

Britain has officially left the EU, but in our hugely diverse capital not everyone is happy about the impact Brexit may have.

Local councils across London are helping EU nationals to apply to settle in the city and working hard to make them still feel welcome, and Hounslow is no exception.

Hounslow Council has decided to continue to fly the EU flag at Hounslow House, and council leader Steve Curran has explained why.

Councillor Curran said: “Although the decision to leave the EU has been made, we know there is still a lot of uncertainty and concern among our EU citizens, their families and employers, as well as local businesses and organisations.

“Our EU citizens, many of whom work for the council and our partners such as schools, health and social care services, and the police, contribute a huge amount to the diversity and rich culture of the borough.

“They are our friends, neighbours and loved ones, and we want them to stay.

“They’ve also brought a huge amount to our local economy. Their skills, innovation and hard work has been at the heart of the fantastic business growth we’ve seen in the borough, and the jobs and opportunities that creates for residents.

“As well as the council advising and supporting them as best we can, we want to make sure they continue to feel welcome as valued members of our communities.

“We’re going to keep flying the EU flag as a symbol that we remain an internationalist borough, a gateway to London for people and business, a place which embraces diversity and which EU citizens can call home.”

Technology, telephony and IT service providers partner with The Bees

Tela Technology, a trusted provider of business communication solutions across mobile, telephony, connectivity, unified communications and IT managed services, have joined the Brentford Football Club partnership family as an Official Club Supplier.

Formerly known as PMGC, Tela has more than 35 years’ communication and technical experience, making it one of the UK’s largest technology, telephony and IT service providers. Tela provides a broad range of communication systems for businesses spanning all sectors and sizes, with over 5,000 customers and £20m in revenue.

Tela has a strong presence across the UK – including offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Northampton, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh – and prides itself on its personalised, service-driven approach. The company has a highly experienced and accredited team that understands the challenges businesses face and can strategically develop bespoke solutions that meet specific needs.

Shez Cheema, Chief Executive Officer of Tela, said: “Tela Technology is a nationwide organisation that focuses on supporting the growth of local businesses. Working with a forward-thinking, dynamic football club such as Brentford solidifies our commitment to making a positive impact and giving local businesses and ambitious entrepreneurs the recognition they deserve to prosper and grow.”

Adam Ward, Partnership Development Manager at Brentford Football Club, added: “Straight away from meeting Shez and Sam at Tela, we could see that they really cared and would be hands-on in helping the Club and the business community. We’re delighted to partner with an innovative business who are thinking long-term about this partnership and we look forward to working closely during this exciting time for both parties.”

Visit to find out more about Tela’s services.

thanks to The Cabbage Patch 10

The Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham raised £15,000 for Clarendon School through the 2019 Cabbage Patch 10, enabling the school to build a new sensory room in its Secondary Centre, named The Sensory Patch.

Clarendon, part of the Auriga Academy Trust, is a day school in Twickenham for pupils aged 4-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs.

The Sensory Patch, which was officially opened on 17 January, includes various interactive lighting and projectors designed to help develop gross motor skills and promote engagement using cause and effect programmes, UV light, and specific resources to aid literacy and numeracy skills.

John Kipps, Head Teacher at Clarendon School, said: “We are enormously grateful to The Cabbage Patch. Our new sensory room, designed specifically for our secondary pupils with input from therapists and other specialists, will enable us to give our pupils excellent sensory experiences and to develop their skills in this area.

“The school has had an ongoing partnership with The Cabbage Patch, and with the organisers of the Cabbage Patch 10, for more than 30 years and have received many generous donations over that time. These have allowed us to continue to offer a broad, rich and varied range of activities for our pupils, and to ensure that these vulnerable pupils can access the facilities and opportunities they deserve, beyond the classroom.”

Stuart Green, Manager of The Cabbage Patch, said: “The first year of The Cabbage Patch 10 raised £30 for the school. As the race has grown, so has the money raised. This year we reached £15,000 and we are extremely proud to have been able to raise this for a school we hold very dear to our hearts.

“We have always championed, campaigned and raised awareness and funds for Clarendon School, and it was always our aim to do something big for them once we raised enough money. We were originally going to buy the school a minibus, but they were in desperate need of a sensory room, which once built, would be far more beneficial for the development of some the pupils.

“Witnessing the official opening of The Sensory Patch was one of the most humbling experiences of my career. It was so lovely to see the difference that you can make. I know it will help so many of these kids to develop, and that does bring a tear to your eye.”

The Cabbage Patch 10 started in 1982 and has raised more than £150,000 for the school over the years.

The new Art Deco inspired ibis Styles London Heathrow East hotel is now open. Situated in a prime West London location and just a short drive from Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the ideal location to serve both business and leisure travellers.

The 125-room ibis Styles hotel has been developed in partnership with Splendid Hospitality Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing privately-owned hotel groups, and takes inspiration from the architecture of West London’s Golden Mile. Subtle touches throughout the interiors echo the clean lines and geometric shapes of the 1920’s era. The rooms are bright, fresh and comfortably elegant with a touch of Romanticism.

Remaining faithful to the hotel’s glamorous Art Deco theme, the lobby blends classical features with modern touches, like chrome accessories and vibrant art. The polished flooring and statement rugs also add to the multi-functional space and encourages leisure and corporate guests, along with members of the local community, to relax and unwind in the decadent bar and lounge areas. The stylish and comfortable restaurant offers relaxed dining with bar and grill style dishes.

The hotel is ideally located close to both Heathrow Airport and at the heart of Brentford’s commercial district. Transport links include Hounslow East Underground and adjacent to the A4, providing guests with easy access to central London. The hotel is a 20 minute drive to the beautiful Kew Gardens and family favourites Legoland
and Thorpe Park. Guest can look forward to exploring London’s green spaces and unrivalled leisure offer.