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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!

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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.

Levy UK on board for Brentford Community Stadium, due to open next summer

Brentford FC has appointed sports stadia catering market leaders Levy UK as their official food and hospitality partner for their new stadium.

Having won a five-year contract to deliver a bold retail, hospitality and non-matchday catering vision, Levy UK has been brought onboard to help mobilise the foodservice operation across the brand new 17,250-seat Brentford Community Stadium.

Brentford FC will be moving from their historic Griffin Park home at the start of the 2020/21 season. The stadium is part of a major regeneration project of the area known as Brentford East and once constructed the new stadium will be ready for both Premier League football and Premiership rugby with London Irish RFC also playing their home games in that part of West London. The development also includes the construction of more than 900 new homes, a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, and a public square with shops and cafés.

A focus on the local community will be top of Levy UK’s agenda with the new stadium set to generate hundreds of jobs. Firm fan favourites will be part of the food and beverage offering as Levy UK engage with local suppliers and artisan producers to bring a taste of the local area to life.

Every aspect of the customer journey has been considered and a range of new and future-proofed smart technologies will be installed to enhance the fan experience, through helping aide speed of service and introducing a cashless environment. The roll out of digital screens driven by an innovative content management system will also help create a seamless retail experience.

Levy UK’s hospitality and culinary experts have created a range of exclusive packages for the Club’s premium seats and will also be bringing their innovative food offering to the stadiums retail outlets where they will deliver a wide variety of menus , including plant-based dishes.

Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to have Levy UK on board as our official food and hospitality partner. Levy are passionate about providing Brentford FC and London Irish RFC fans and business partners with great food, quality drinks and first-class service at our new home. Levy is a company with great experience in our industry and has a proven track record in delivering high quality catering in football and rugby stadiums. We want every aspect of our new home to be first class; with Levy on board I’m confident our matchday offering, whether in our premium lounges or on the concourses, will be second to none.”

Jon Davies, Managing Director at Levy UK, added: “We’re really excited to be mobilising a cutting-edge foodservice operation at Brentford FC’s new home in partnership with the club. To deliver a truly legendary experience all touch points have been considered and we’ll be rolling out a fan-first approach that will offer a huge variety of choice to every guest.”

Levy UK

Levy UK is the sports and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK and Ireland. It is the market leader in the provision of legendary food and drink experiences at some of the UK’s most significant sporting, arena and leisure venues.

Through strong client partnerships, Levy UK creates bespoke food concepts, service standards and pioneering design, implementing a guest-first approach and ongoing innovation at each venue. With a company-wide passion for food, Levy UK creates menus and food experiences that feature fantastic seasonal dishes, with a strong focus on British ingredients.

As well as providing tailor-made concepts for its clients, Levy UK also deliver corporate hospitality, event catering, venue sourcing and support services, through its portfolio of businesses. These include Keith Prowse, Payne and Gunter, Lime Venue Portfolio and LSS.

Website http://www.levyrestaurants.co.uk/, LinkedIn  Levy UK, Twitter Levy_UK, Instagram @Levy_UK, Facebook @Levy_UK

Address: Levy Restaurants Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd, Rivermead, Oxford Road, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 4BF

About Brentford Football Club

Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, in the London Borough of Hounslow, that currently plays in the English Football League Championship. It was founded on 10 October 1889 and plays its home games at Griffin Park, its home stadium since 1904.

Brentford’s most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division. Since the Second World War, it has spent most of its time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford has been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions and has three times been Football League Trophy runners-up. The Club’s aim is to play at the top level of English football in the Premier League.

For more information, please visit www.brentfordfc.com.

For media information contact Chris Wickham – cwickham@brentfordfc.com.

The pound has risen after a Brexit deal was agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams.

Sterling jumped more than 1% against the dollar at first, climbing above $1.29, after Boris Johnson said the UK and EU had agreed a “great new deal”.

The pound also rose against the euro, although it failed to hang on to its initial gains.

Analysts noted difficulties remained after the DUP party reiterated its opposition to the deal.

Worries about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been weighing on the value of the pound, as markets view a no-deal Brexit scenario as damaging for the UK’s economy.

Sterling has risen in value whenever there have been signs that a deal could be reached.

Announcing news of the breakthrough in the Brexit talks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal was “a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions”.

“I recommend that [EU summit] endorses this deal.”

Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics, said: “If the Brexit deal agreed by the EU and UK earlier today passes through Parliament, then there is scope for economic growth, interest rates, gilt yields and the pound to all rise further than is widely expected.”

The agreed deal will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments, while Northern Irish party the DUP has cast doubt on its sign-off, saying it still cannot support it.

Earlier, the DUP released a statement saying it could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said its statement “still stands”.

Analysts warned that this opposition from the DUP could still scupper the deal.

Michael Brown, senior analyst at Caxton, noted that “some of the wind has been taken out of the pound’s sails after reports that the DUP are not yet on board to back a deal”.

“The Parliamentary arithmetic for passing a deal looks challenging,” he said. “Attention will continue to focus on whether the new agreement will pass in the Commons on Saturday, while sterling traders will continue to pay close attention to developing headlines from this afternoon’s EU summit.”

News of the deal also lifted the stock market, with the FTSE 100 index up 0.6%.

Shares in companies with heavy exposure to the UK economy – such as housebuilders and banks – saw some of the biggest increases.

Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce said many businesses would “reserve judgment until they see the detail”, adding that firms “need a chance to analyse precisely what the terms of this agreement would mean for all aspects of their operations”.

“Let’s not forget, we’ve been here before,” he added. “There is still a long way to go before businesses can confidently plan for the future.

“For business, this deal may be the end of the beginning – but it is far from the beginning of the end of the Brexit process.”