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If you are a business of any size operating in Hounslow, or an investor or entrepreneur looking for a foothold in West London, make sure to clear your diary on Thursday 28 February! It will be a very busy day for the Hounslow’s business community as this year it’s the date for both the annual Hounslow Festival of Business and the Hounslow Business Awards.

Hounslow Festival of Business is a one-day business expo event, brought to you by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and is the largest FREE business-to-business exhibition in West London. The event, which is taking place at the London Hilton Syon Park, offers exceptional opportunities for business-owners, entrepreneurs and investors alike to progress their business, meet exhibitors, attend free seminars, take part in speed networking and make new business contacts.

Building on the success of previous years, the 2019 Festival has over sixty exhibitors this year, with over three hundred visitors expected to attend. The action-packed agenda kicks off with a VIP breakfast, followed by the exhibition from 10am to 4m, during which time a number of business clinics are scheduled. The Chamber is keen to give a platform to as many local businesses as possible and so can accommodate further exhibition stands if required. For businesses who want to sign up to attend the event for free or book a stand, visit the Festival of Business website

The Hounslow Festival of Business will draw to a close at 4pm, giving just enough time for many attendees to freshen up and don their black-tie wear for the Hounslow Business Awards; a gala dinner and awards ceremony to be held that evening at the same venue.

Now in their sixth year, the Business Awards, organised by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, aim to recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community across the borough of Hounslow. The awards were launched in May 2018, inviting local businesses to put themselves forward for a number of different categories. Finalists have been invited to attend the gala awards ceremony to be held on the evening of the 28 February, following the Festival of Business. This is sure to be a very enjoyable evening and a great opportunity to network with the local business community – so don’t miss out!

For more information and to book some of the remaining tickets still available please see: http://www.hounslowawards.com/

 

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Sally Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Hounslow Chamber of Commerce said:

‘As an award-winning Chamber of Commerce, in business for 110 years, we support and celebrate the incredible innovation, success, investment and growth of our business community. The annual Hounslow Business Awards and the Festival of Business is part of that celebration, showcasing and promoting our diverse business community. The Festival of Business will offer a gateway to business opportunities in our borough, London and beyond to overseas markets.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“We are extremely proud to be supporting the Hounslow Festival of Business and the Hounslow Business awards. The 28 February is certainly a really important date in the Hounslow business calendar this year!

“We do what we can to support and help our businesses thrive. They are the heartbeat of our communities, providing everything from employment to the many things we need in life. If they are thriving and doing well, then so is the borough.

“I hope all our businesses get as much as possible out of attending the festival, from showing just what they do, to attracting new custom to their businesses. If there are any businesses not yet signed up for the festival, I strongly recommend doing so to really put your company on the map.”

Hounslow has done it again, scooping several prestigious London in Bloom Awards thanks to the efforts made by communities to improve their local environment.

The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Volunteers won ‘Gold’ in the ‘Our Community’ award.

The Friends of Bridge House Pond secured a ‘silver’ in the ‘Our Community’ award. The judges were particularly impressed by the local community participation, and the way that the group has worked together to look after the area, including planting bulbs, litter picking and clearing overgrown areas.

The Feltham Ponds Clean Up Volunteers, Hounslow SGSS Garden Project and Friends of Bridge House Pond also celebrated an award in the ‘It’s Your Neighborhood’ category.

Well done to all our winners for helping to make Hounslow a cleaner, greener borough for everyone!

Schoolchildren across the UK have gone on strike as part of a global campaign calling for action over climate change.

Students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.

“Save our planet” was the message chanted by thousands of people gathered in Parliament Square in London.

Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests were taking place in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK.

The action is part of a much wider global movement, known as Schools 4 Climate Action.

t began with 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg skipping class to sit outside government buildings in September, accusing her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement.

Since then, tens of thousands of children across Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia have been inspired to hold their own demonstrations.

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Image captionChristina (right) says she’s worried for her future

In London, 15-year-old Christina, from London, said the issue was too big to ignore.

“A lot of us are very good, obedient students but when it comes to climate change, it’s really important,” she says.

“The youth of our time tend to get pushed to one side. We often stay quiet but when it comes to climate change we are going to have to pay for the older generation’s mistakes.

“It really scares me.”

Part of the UK Student Climate Network, 15-year-old Scarlet, from Suffolk, says the group has a detailed list of demands.

“We want the UK government to declare a climate emergency and make moves to achieve climate justice, prioritising this above all else,” she told BBC News.

“We’re demanding the government listen to us and we will continue to make a noise until they do so.

“It can’t be about behaviour change any more; it has to be about system change.”

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) encourages parents to share the joy of parenting and bond with their child while keeping in touch with the workplace.  This year the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are focusing on informing parents and employers of the practical aspects of taking SPL, as well as exploring the benefits for family and the workplace.

 

 

Plans for new homes, commercial space and a public bridge over the Grand Union Canal at Waterside Places’ Brentford Lock West development have been unanimously approved by London Borough of Hounslow.

Phase three will deliver 452 new homes, with 187 affordable, alongside commercial / retail space and a new public bridge. The public bridge will create a new route, improving connectivity through Brentford, while opening access to the Grand Union Canal, local parks, Brentford Station and Brentford High Street.

The new bridge will be accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs and buggies and will connect Robin Grove Recreation Ground to a new public square, which will be delivered as part of phase three. The new crossing will open before this phase is complete and Waterside Places are also contributing funds towards lighting, CCTV and landscaping improvements at Robin Grove Recreation Ground.

A new public square will be fronted by commercial and retail spaces, along with a new frame overhanging the canal which mirrors the existing overhanging warehouse and recognises the industrial heritage of the area. Towpath improvements, new mooring facilities and the renovation of the existing dock will enhance this stretch of the waterway. To promote sports and leisure activities, new community facilities will be provided for use by local sports clubs.

The wider Brentford Lock West regeneration is being delivered by Waterside Places – a joint venture between the Canal & River Trust, and national urban regeneration specialists, Muse Developments. Since it commenced in 2012, the multi-award winning scheme has delivered over 300 homes, comprising stylish town houses and apartments in a neighbourhood street setting carefully designed to maximise the water frontage. The scheme has won a variety of awards including four prestigious RIBA awards, three Sunday Times awards, including best developer for Waterside Places.

The scheme was inspired by traditional water-side architecture that celebrates the area’s industrial heritage. Both initial phases have proved highly successful, with only a small number of new homes still available to buy and a vibrant, diverse community forming in the neighbourhood. Phase three will follow the quality, pattern and scale established in previous phases to complete the rejuvenation of Brentford Lock.

As part of the Brentford Lock West development, a new bus depot will also be provided on Commerce Road to replacing the existing Metrolink facility on the same site.

Work on the new bridge is expected to start this year and will take two years to complete. Enabling works for phase three and construction of the first buildings is also targeted to start in 2019.

Nigel Franklin, chairman at Waterside Places, said:

“We are delighted to have received unanimous approval from London Borough of Hounslow for the third and final phase of Brentford Lock West, along with the new bridge over the Grand Union Canal. This is a ringing endorsement for the vibrant new community we are creating here and we look forward to delivering the final piece of this high quality, award-winning regeneration project in Brentford.”

Stuart Mills, chief investment officer at the Canal & River Trust said:

“Phases 1 & 2 of Brentford Lock West have embraced the canal in Brentford. It is great news that we can now get on with completing the final phase including the new bridge, which along with the towpath improvements and community facilities on the waterfront, will open up the canal for more people to enjoy stimulating leisure and sports activity and contributing to the wellbeing of everyone who uses the waterway.”

Mel Green, a resident at Brentford Lock West said:

“It’s great news that the plans have been approved – the new bridge will link up the whole area and make it easier to get from the station to the high street and to local attractions. There is a good community feel here and when the final phase is completed it will be fantastic.

For more information or to book an appointment to visit the sales and marketing suite, please call the Brentford Lock West sales team on 020 3820 4493, email brentfordlockwest@stubbingsltd.co.uk or visit www.brentfordlockwest.co.uk. The Sales and Marketing Suite is open daily 10am-5pm.

 

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment. At its meeting ending on 6 February 2019, the MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.75%. The Committee voted unanimously to maintain the stock of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves, at £10 billion. The Committee also voted unanimously to maintain the stock of UK government bond purchases, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves, at £435 billion.

The MPC’s latest projections for inflation and activity are set out in the accompanying February Inflation Report. They are conditioned on a smooth adjustment to the average of a range of possible outcomes for the UK’s eventual trading relationship with the European Union and the gently rising path of Bank Rate implied by market yields.

The world economy has continued to slow over recent months, with a broad-based softening across all regions. That deceleration reflects the past tightening in global financial conditions, as well as the initial impact of trade tensions on business sentiment. Global growth is expected to dip below trend in coming quarters, weighing on UK net trade, before rising to around potential rates. Activity is projected to be supported by the more accommodative monetary policies in all major economic areas that markets now expect.

UK economic growth slowed in late 2018 and appears to have weakened further in early 2019. This slowdown mainly reflects softer activity abroad and the greater effects from Brexit uncertainties at home. These uncertainties could lead to greater-than-usual short-term volatility in UK data, which may therefore provide less of a signal about the medium-term outlook. Heightened uncertainty and elevated bank funding costs are assumed to subside over time, as greater clarity on future trading arrangements is assumed to emerge. These developments, together with looser fiscal policy, provide support to domestic spending. In the Committee’s central projection, quarterly GDP growth recovers later this year, with four-quarter growth rising to 2% by the end of the forecast period.


The blaze at the restaurant broke out at 12.55pm this morning.

Fire crews say the restaurant’s ducting is alight. Dramatic photos show thick plumes of black smoke filling the skies around the Treaty Centre.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to a fire at a Chinese restaurant on Staines Road in Hounslow. “The restaurant’s ducting is alight. ”

If a fire were to occur at your business, what would your contingency plan be to stay afloat?

The Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has had their award published by CV magazine and the links to read about it are linked below.

A link to the supplement and full recipient list HERE.

The 2018 UK Excellence Awards press release, which can be found HERE.

Congratulations to the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce on their success.

Hounslow Chamber is adding to the borough’s success story with two recent awards. The first, in 2018 from the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy  in their ‘Enterprise in Britain’ award: Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, West London Export Club won the category Support for Exporting.

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce won Best Marketing & Business Development Specialists 2018 – West London’ awarded by CV Magazine

 

 

The café’s talented team have just won the National Breakfast Awards by competing in a live cook off against 16 other finalists narrowed down from hundreds of entries.

“We were really nervous about the results as we saw the other chefs’ entries and they all looked really fab, but definitely more traditional breakfast style food than our dish. We didn’t know if the judges wanted to go down a more non-traditional route.” says delighted owner, Kate Frobisher.

“When they announced us as the winner, we were so thrilled and overwhelmed. To win the main award of the night “Best Breakfast of the Year” was absolutely amazing!”

Urban Pantry Cafe is located in Chiswick on Devonshire Road.