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On Tuesday 19 November, Fuller, Smith and Turner, the premium pub and hotel business, is holding The Get Together – an anniversary event held across all its managed pubs. In 1845, the partnership papers of Fuller, Smith and Turner were signed. Since then, Fuller’s has been part of communities, bringing people together, for 174 years and they are inviting everyone to join in the anniversary celebrations.

On the day, customers will be able to enjoy three drinks for £1.74 each in Fuller’s managed pubs. The choice includes any combination of drinks from a range including beers from Fuller’s and Dark Star, Cornish Orchards ciders, medium glasses of house wine or soft drinks. Customers will need voucher codes to redeem the offer – codes are sent to those who signed up online at www.fullers.co.uk/get-together, or are already on Fuller’s database.

Fuller’s 206 managed pubs were challenged to host an event that truly encapsulates the spirit of The Get Together. Some pubs such as The Prince Albert in Twickenham, The Artillery Arms on Bunhill Row and The Union Tavern in Maida Vale will be hosting live music events. While others – The Hydrant at Monument and The Holly Bush in Hampstead – are holding games nights to celebrate. The Swan by Hyde Park has gone for a more sentimental evening, inviting customers to pin their home country on a world map which will be displayed in the pub. Customers are encouraged to write a message and pin it in their home country on the map – leaving a little memento of their time in the pub.

Fuller’s Marketing Director, Jane Jones, said: “We’re really excited to invite our customers to join in our anniversary celebrations. We’ve been a part of families and communities for 174 years and we wanted to celebrate this with as many people as possible.

“Fuller, Smith and Turner is a Company proud of its rich heritage and, although a lot has changed for us over the past year, our passion for bringing people together and creating great memories is still at the core of what we do. We like to think with 174 years of experience we’re pretty good at it too.”

Capital West London, the groundbreaking inward investment and trade promotion programme commissioned by the West London Alliance, has published a manifesto  for the Creative Industries in West London, aimed at cementing the sub-region’s place as the best location for a creative business in the world.
Entitled “Collaboration, Connections, Capability”, the manifesto seeks to show the strength of the sector in West London, and to set forward a number of commitments and asks, to help it grow even stronger, and stay the best location in the world for a creative business.
The creative industries in the UK contribute over £1billion a year to the UK economy. The creative sector has grown at nearly twice the rate of the country’s economy since 2010. Creative industry jobs have also increased by over 30 per cent since 2011, with predictions for the upward trend set to continue.  West London has a world-leading creative sector, with a long history of being home to film and TV,  businesses, has seen a 21 per cent growth in the number of businesses with figures showing that a quarter of London’s businesses are based in the area.
All the West London boroughs are enthusiastic about growing their creative sectors. Brent will be London’s Borough of Culture in 2020, Hounslow now has a Creative Enterprise Zone there and many other initiatives are underway.
Capital West London brought together a group of West London creative industry leaders and public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the current state of the sector in the sub-region – the strengths of the supporting infrastructure, the skills landscape, development needs, and actions that all those with a stake in the sub-region could come together and support.
The aim was to help produce a vision for the future that will inform the West London Alliance’s ‘Vision for Growth’ and sub-regional efforts to help the sector grow and thrive.
West London has a world class creative cluster based on a history of participation in the sector – the BBC, Ealing Studios – these things are part of a creative DNA running through the sub-region. But there is renewal and resurgence – new communities are springing up around the old, with start ups being joined by businesses moving from elsewhere looking for a better environment.
The quality of life in West London is a powerful motivator, as is the already capable talent pool. The transport system and the proximity of high quality residential neighbourhoods to commercial centres makes the location equation attractive, and provides a creatively literate local population which can populate and animate the cultural venues and creative spaces.
The talent pool really matters. We need to make sure creative skills are in the curriculum at all levels. This, allied to the power of West London’s diversity – with the industry bringing in people in from less well supported backgrounds – provides a source of strength and global competitive advantage. We need to work to make sure this stays true, working with schools, colleges and universities, to produce those with the creative and business skills to succeed.

West London’s physical infrastructure is 100 years ahead of the rest of London. There are excellent overground and underground rail connections, as well as air, rail… but it can get better. The West London Orbital is a key new piece of connectivity that will make a real difference, and Olympia needs to be reopened fully as a District Line station.

 

The Magazine Tw7 & TW8 is a Monthly publication. The magazine focuses on bringing local businesses and communities together to connect. The areas covered are Osterley, Isleworth, Brentford and Syon. Coverage on local events, businesses, history and other local services to serve the communities of the Tw7 area. Full of interesting articles written by passionate and enthusiastic writers of the surrounding areas. The publication gives a chance to merge two components of residents and businesses together to unite and gain a relationship with each other and find out more about what is going on in the lovely area that we all reside in and appreciate.

Reaching over 5500 local residents and businesses in the area, giving maximum exposure for small, medium and larger businesses the chance to advertise their services and products to the locals. Also allowing a voice and opinions from any local residents that are passionate about expressing or sharing knowledge that they have great interest in!

Click here to view the magazine online!

Hounslow Chamber of commerce COO Sally Smith and Director Alan rides attended the Garner & Hancock Myth Busting Seminar.

They were very pleased to have attended the seminar and those who couldn’t attend the seminar, here is a link for you to obtain some electronic notes from the seminar and sign up to receive legal updates from Garner & Hancock Solicitors

Britain’s fifth largest supermarket is determined to take a slice of the (vegan) pie

Shoppers in Feltham and Hounslow can now be the first to try Aldi’s new vegan range. The range is being trialled in around 135 of Aldi’s more than 840 stores for a limited time but may be introduced nationwide if it proves popular.

Aldi hopes to profit from the growing trend in plant-based diets, being adopted for health, environmental or ethical reasons by a huge number of Londoners .

The range includes Deli Mushroom Mince, available for £1.29 per 250g serving. It is available in two flavours – Chilli Non-Carne Mince and Bolognese Mushroom Mince.

Aldi describes the Bolognese Mushroom Mince as “an Italian inspired treat, packed with flavour from the assorted diced mushrooms, red onion and a blend of garlic and herb marinade”.

The Chilli Non-Carne Mince is reportedly “a mix of mouthwatering-diced mushrooms, red onion and kidney beans in a chilli marinade”.

The Feltham Aldi can be found on the High Street while the Hounslow Aldi is on Hospital Road.

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, the premium pubs and hotels business, today announces it has exchanged contracts to acquire Cotswold Inns & Hotels Ltd for a total consideration of £40 million.

The Acquisition comprises a collection of seven high quality, freehold country inns and hotels and eight freehold staff cottages in the Cotswolds, together with two vibrant leasehold bars in Birmingham’s city centre. It is envisaged that all employees will transfer with the Acquisition. An eighth hotel (The Broadway Hotel) does not form part of the Acquisition and is being retained by the current owners.

Cotswold Inns & Hotels was founded in 1997 by Michael and Pamela Horton. In the financial year ended 30 September 2018, the properties being acquired generated revenue of £17.5 million and site EBITDA of £3.4 million with a gross asset value of £31.5 million.

The Acquisition will be funded from existing banking facilities and is expected to complete on 31 October 2019.

Fuller’s Chief Executive Simon Emeny said: “The inns and hotels being acquired are all iconic, character properties in sought-after locations in the Cotswolds. They will further enhance our existing portfolio of premium hotel accommodation, adding 201 stylish bedrooms.

“A number of the sites have further development potential and Cotswold Inns & Hotels benefits from an established function business, spanning both leisure and corporate custom as well as weddings.  We expect to realise further benefits from bringing the properties into Fuller’s and for the acquisition to be earnings accretive in the first year.

“Quintessentially English and renowned for a focus on fresh food, premium accommodation and an exceptional level of customer service, this collection of seven iconic country hotels is highly complementary with our existing strategy.”

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is a premium pub and hotel business. The Company runs 179 Tenanted pubs and 206 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 827 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 174 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 16 sites in England and Wales. In April 2019, Fuller’s sold its brewing division to Asahi Europe Ltd.

 

Waitrose and John Lewis are to stop selling Christmas crackers containing plastic toys from 2020 as part of plans to cut down on single-use plastic.

Instead crackers will be filled with toys made from recyclable materials, and they will no longer be decorated with plastic glitter.

The company also plans to reduce the amount of glitter in other products.

John Lewis is also selling “fill your own” Christmas crackers, which the company said now account for one in three packs sold.

It said it had also reduced the amount of plastic glitter on its own-brand range of Christmas wrapping paper, gift bags, advent calendars and crackers by two-thirds, as well as removing plastic wrapping from the majority of individual cards it sells.

Last December, it announced plans to ban plastic glitter from these own-label products by Christmas 2020.

Standard glitter is made from etched aluminium bonded to polyethylene terephthalate – a form of microplastic that can find its way into the oceans and harm animals.

Explaining the 2020 target, Dan Cooper, partner and head Christmas buyer at John Lewis, said: “One of the challenges I face as a buyer is that we plan 18 months ahead so it takes time for changes to become a reality.”

What are other retailers doing?

Tesco has switched to a plastic-free, biodegradable glitter on its Christmas range of trees, plants and flowers this year, as well as removing glitter from its own-brand wrapping paper, tags and single Christmas cards.

Marks and Spencer has removed glitter from its entire Christmas range this year, as part of a commitment to make all its cards and gift-wrapping products glitter-free by the end of 2020.

Sainsbury’s has ditched all plastic packaging from its Christmas crackers this year.

Asda removed plastic windows and film from more than 1.6m mince pies last Christmas, as part of a drive to reduce plastic from its own-brand packaging.

What can I do to cut down on single-use plastic this Christmas?

  • Most wrapping paper contains plastic – instead you could use brown paper jazzed up with fabric ribbon, string or a potato print design
  • Ditch plastic decorations like tinsel and glittery baubles and go for natural alternatives like sprigs of holly and mistletoe or hang edible biscuits to decorate your tree
  • If you already have an artificial plastic tree, Friends of the Earth advises you keep using it to make it last as long as possible
  • If you opt for a real tree it recommends one approved by the Soil Association or with an FSC logo to ensure it has been grown sustainably
  • Alternatively you could hire a tree for the festive season which can then be replanted
  • E-cards, sent online, are a waste-free alternative to the traditional Christmas card
  • Shop-bought advent calendars tend to be full of plastic packaging – try a fabric version which can be filled with treats of your choice

A garden centre in West London which closed last month may reopen in 2020, its site owners have revealed. Wyevale decided to relinquish its lease on the site in August, with the decision part of plans to slim down its portfolio

It is understood that while the garden centre has closed, Wyevale is still using offices on the site, which it plans to vacate by the end of January 2020.

Northumberland Estates has confirmed it is “reviewing the situation”, and it is hoped the garden centre will reopen under a new operator next year.

“Following news of this closure we have acted swiftly to review the situation and our options,” said Colin Barnes, director of planning at Northumberland Estates.

“Our priority is to re-establish trading from the site as soon as is feasible. With this in mind we are looking at a number of options, with the main priority being to reopen the garden centre, offices and restaurant/café under a new operator or operators”.

“Obviously it is important to find the right solution to this unexpected problem, and we anticipate this being an operator offering similar services [to Wyevale], while also looking to create new employment opportunities for the area. We are working hard to achieve this, but unfortunately these things take time to set up”.

“The Wyevale operation involved a lot of local jobs and it is important for us to try to replace these as soon as possible.”

In the longer term, Northumberland Estates says there are plans to provide “new investment for the Wyevale site”.

“This may include upgrading the restaurant and garden centre and including new leisure facilities, looking to improve accessibility, and generally making the area more attractive, thus creating an improved asset for the locality which complements the existing visitor offer at Syon Park,” a spokesman for the company said.

Syon Park Garden Centre was one of two garden centres Wyevale closed last month, with Potters Bar Garden Centre in Hertfordshire also now shut.

Elsewhere in West London, Wyevale Garden Centre Osterley, on Windmill Lane, Isleworh remains open.

 

The English Job: understanding Iran and why it disturb Britain

A discussion on the book with the author, former Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Jack Straw

About the book : With tensions rising sharply between Tehran and the West, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw unveils a richly detailed account of Britain’s turbulent relationship with Iran, illuminating the culture, psychology and history of a much-misunderstood nation. Informed by Straw’s wealth of experience negotiating Iran’s labyrinthine internal politics, The English Job is a powerful, clear-sighted and compelling portrait of an extraordinary country.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw served in the 1997 – 2010 Labour government as Foreign Secretary (2001 to 2006), Home Secretary (1997 to 2001), Leader of the Commons (2006 to 2007), and Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007 to 2010). In 2001 Straw became the first British foreign secretary to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution. He has since visited the country multiple times and continues to contribute to the conversation on Iranian-British relations, most recently publishing The English Job: Understanding Iran and Why It Distrusts Britain, the subject of this CMEC event.