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Sky Bet Championship side to carry developers of new stadium on shirts for final year at Griffin ParkEcoWorld London, the business delivering a new home for Brentford Football Club, are coming on board as Principal Partner and will feature on the front of the Sky Bet Championship side’s shirts for the upcoming season. EcoWorld London is the Club’s development partner on the new 17,250-seater Brentford Community Stadium, set to open next summer. And as The Bees say Farewell Griffin Park in 2019/20, EcoWorld London will be the Club’s main sponsor.

The Brentford Community Stadium development project is an important part of the wider regeneration of the area known as Brentford East, set to create a new neighbourhood for London. In addition to the new state-of-the-art stadium, the development will deliver a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, a public square with shops, cafes and restaurants as well as more than 900 new homes for sale and rent.

The partnership will see Brentford FC and EcoWorld London supporting each other on upcoming projects and events and there will also be involvement in the local community. As an integral part of the enhanced partnership, EcoWorld London are also joining forces with the award-winning Brentford FC Community Sports Trust with the aim of creating sustainable improvements in local facilities and active opportunities for people in surrounding communities.

EcoWorld London was launched in 2018 after EcoWorld International acquired 70 per cent of Willmott Dixon’s residential business. It currently has nine ongoing projects in the UK, including the Brentford Community Stadium development. The firm was an Official Platinum Partner for the 2018/19 season and is now Principal Partner for the 2019/20 season, Brentford’s last at Griffin Park, the Club’s home since 1904.

Heng Leong Cheong, CEO of EcoWorld London, said: “Coming on board as Principal Partner with Brentford FC was a natural decision for us. Having worked closely with the Club over the years both on their new Community Stadium and as a Platinum Partner previously, we are confident that this is a partnership of mutually ambitious and passionate organisations, with great plans to grow and contribute to our great city.

“Brentford FC aims for excellence on and off the football pitch, while for us it’s in the places we create. Despite being only slightly more than a year old, we want to be recognised as a premium developer creating outstanding places in London that enhances the lives of our residents and the surrounding communities.

“EcoWorld London prides itself on being an organisation which actively improves and gives back to the places we build in, an ethos shared with the Club and their Community Sports Trust. This enhanced partnership is testament to that commitment, and we look forward to collaborating further and supporting the great work they do in the London Borough of Hounslow and beyond.

“We are excited to be part of this milestone year for the club in their final season at Griffin Park and look forward to welcoming them and their fans to their new Brentford Community Stadium home next year.”

Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “Our relationship with EcoWorld London has continued to develop I am delighted they will be on the front of our shirts for our final season at Griffin Park. We are doing a lot of work to ensure we say Farewell Griffin Park in the best way possible and it is very pleasing that EcoWorld London will be a part of that. I look forward to our fans seeing our new kits soon.

“EcoWorld London have shown a long-term commitment to Brentford FC and the local community and that will be shown in their increasing work with the Trust in the next year. I know they want to build a fantastic neighbourhood around our new stadium that will greatly benefit our fans on matchdays as well as residents. I hope this relationship will continue for many years to come.”

Lee Doyle, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are excited to embark on this new journey with EcoWorld London. This partnership is designed to work both on and off the pitch and will provide us with the opportunity to expand our existing projects – supporting local communities most in need.”

EcoWorld London’s branding will be displayed around Griffin Park and also on the front of Brentford FC kit for the coming season. The bespoke shirts, created by Brentford’s new Technical Partner Umbro, will be revealed in the coming days.

 

Sadiq launches largest ever fund for small and medium enterprises

 

Fund includes £14m to support transition to circular economy

 

Small businesses are set to benefit from more than £100 million in investment from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as he launches the largest fund of its kind ever created by City Hall.

 

The Greater London Investment Fund has been developed specifically to target businesses which have had difficulties in securing crucial investment. As well as investing in 170 companies, the fund will secure at least another £103 million in private sector investment and create 3,500 new jobs in the capital.

 

While London has a world-leading financial ecosystem, some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggle to access the funding they need to grow as lenders often tend to focus on larger companies with a more established credit history, for example.

The bulk of the money for the new fund comes from European Union sources, which the Government is yet to give any assurances about replacing post-Brexit: £35 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme, overseen by City Hall and the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP); and £50 million is from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The fund will also focus on industries identified as important for the capital’s economy by the Mayor in his Economic Development Strategy. These include cultural and creative industries, financial and business services, life sciences, low carbon and environmental goods and services, tech and digital, and tourism.

One of the Mayor’s environmental priorities is helping London make the transition to the circular economy, in which Londoners and businesses keep resources in use for longer. As such, £14 million of the total fund has been ring-fenced for businesses which support this goal, of which £7 million has been invested by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), the partnership between the Mayor of London and London’s councils.

Small businesses can now apply by contacting either of the independent fund managers – MMC Ventures and The FSE Group – directly.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy – they account for more than 99 per cent of all businesses in the capital and support more than half of all jobs.

“London is the best place in the world to start and grow a business – but even in such a dynamic economy as ours, some small entrepreneurs can’t access crucial funding.

“I promised to be the most pro-business Mayor that London has ever had and that’s why we’re allocating a record amount to SMEs who can create jobs and play a crucial role in our economy.

“I’m also committed to ensuring all Londoners can thrive, which is why we have policies in place to ensure this fund supports women-led businesses and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.”

CEO of Funding London, Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, said: “The launch of our pioneering GLIF is a brilliant example of how the public and private sector can work together to support London’s economy.

“The fund aims to lead the way in supporting London’s SMEs and maintaining the capital’s position as the ultimate place to build and grow companies.  We look forward to working with our fund managers, MMC Ventures and FSE Fund Managers, to achieve this vision.”

Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board, Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, said: “Targeted finance like this can play a vital role in helping overcome barriers to growing a circular economy in London, which could bring net benefits of at least £7 billion every year to the capital.

“Our contribution to this innovative fund is the final piece of the investment jigsaw for LWARB, as we support startups, SMEs and mature businesses all wanting to make the very best use of increasingly limited materials and resources.”

Bees team up with world-famous footballing brand as main kit supplier ahead of 2019/20 season

Brentford Football Club and Umbro are delighted to announce a four-year partnership that will see the Sky Bet Championship side playing in Umbro kit until 2023. Umbro has come on board as Brentford’s main kit supplier in a relationship that will include the Brentford’s last season at their 115-year-old Griffin Park home and the first years in the new Brentford Community Stadium, set to open in the summer of 2020.

Brentford have partnered with Umbro, known for its double diamond logo, after a six-year term with adidas and players and fans will be dressed in the Umbro double diamond from the 2019/20 season – when they will be saying Farewell Griffin Park. The Manchester-based company currently supplies kit and training wear to more than 150 professional teams around the world, including AFC Bournemouth, Everton and West Ham United from the Premier League.

Sam Lucas, Head of Sports Sponsorship Umbro UK, said: “We’re delighted that Brentford FC will be wearing the famous double diamond from the start of next season. It’s an exciting time to be working with this ambitious west London club. It’s an historic time and we are here to help in any way we can. I’m sure the passionate fans will love the bespoke kits we’ve created in partnership with the Club, and we’re all looking forward to seeing them being worn by fans and players in the coming months.”

James Parkinson, Brentford FC Commercial Director, said: “I am delighted to announce that we are to be partnered with Umbro for the next four years. Brentford FC are to embark on a historic new era and there was an opportunity to partner with a brand with a strong football heritage. I look forward to seeing our players and fans in Umbro kits from next season.

“Umbro are a company that focus on football. They have a great track record going back nearly a century and are a firm that is known across the world for the quality of their products. At a time when we are moving in to a new stadium and also reflecting on the past, a partnership with a brand rich in heritage and at the forefront of technical kit innovation was a great fit.”

About Umbro

Umbro was founded in 1924 in Manchester, England, by a young tailor named Harold Humphreys who believed that style was a performance advantage – if you looked smart, you played smart – a principle which remains today. Since then, the ‘Double Diamond’ has been worn on and off the field by some of the game’s greatest players and teams – from Ballon D’Or to World Cup winners. Quality, fit and purpose have always been at the heart of Umbro’s design philosophy, from the first lightweight and breathable football shirts to crafted leather football boots built for ultimate comfort. Today, Umbro combines its rich heritage with modern football culture to craft football apparel, footwear and equipment which blends performance with style for players, teams and fans who are as passionate about the game as we are. We are Umbro.

The May Inflation Report; this will include PowerPoint slides and Excel sheets containing the final charts and tables.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/inflation-report/2019/may-2019

visual summary which covers the main elements of the Inflation Report.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/inflation-report/2019/may-2019/visual-summary

PDF version of the May 2019 Inflation Report.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/inflation-report/2019/may/inflation-report-may-2019.pdf

The MPC summary and minutes.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy-summary-and-minutes/2019/may-2019

The Agents’ box.

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/inflation-report/2019/may-2019/demand-and-output#agents

 

From basic technical skills to foundation degrees for general managers – Fuller’s new approach to learning and development offers something for all

 

Fuller’s, the premium pub and hotel operator, has repositioned and relaunched its learning and development offer with a suite of materials, training courses and online learning to provide an unparalleled level of staff development.

Under the banner Designed for Life, the new programmes are aimed at all levels of front of house employees and kitchen team members, where courses support the ongoing Chefs’ Guild scheme.

Courses are split into two distinct areas. The first focuses on technical skills around safety, retailing and kitchen craft with courses including Emergency First Aid, Master Cellarman, Kitchen Cross Training and Award for Personal Licence Holders.

The second area focuses on mastering management, creating a pathway for team members at any stage in their Fuller’s journey to hone their leadership skills, broaden their knowledge and further their careers. Subjects covered include leadership, sales, people and mental health with courses such as Five Star Impact, Leading the Perfect Shift, People Matters and Head Chef Leadership Scholarship.

In addition to the new courses, the Company has also launched a Level Five apprenticeship – the Leadership Exploration Apprenticeship Programme (LEAP), which is aimed at general managers who want to take on a more complex business or move into an operations or head office management role.

The 18-month LEAP course delivers a qualification that is comparable to a foundation degree and involves five two-day workshops held at The Manufacturing and Technology Centre in Coventry, as well as one to one coaching and further one day workshops in London. It consists of nine modules covering subjects including Project Management, Leading Leaders, Financial Management and Influencing and Communication.

For Operations Managers, a new range of courses and training is on offer focusing on direction and vision, focus and impact. This is supported by bite-sized workshops, a range of blended learning including face-to-face development with industry experts and thought leaders, online webinars and a two-day residential course at the Success Factory in Chester.

Finally, for employees throughout the Company – in pubs and head office – there are over 50 online courses on offer. These can be accessed through the Company’s FUSE platform – a mobile-optimised digital platform that is accessible to all Fuller’s employees from frontline team member to Chief Executive. The courses available straddle a huge range of topics aimed at supporting personal and professional development and include Presentation Skills, Time Management, Zest for Life, Social Media, Strategic Thinking, Writing Business English and Mindfulness.

People Director, David Hoyle, said: “This is an industry-leading training and development offer – not just in our sector, but across the board. Mark Peters and the L&D team have created a range of courses that allows learning to be personalised to the individual student and it shows a true pathway to growing as a person and as a valued member of the Fuller’s Team.

“I’m particularly proud of the LEAP initiative. Our existing Apprenticeship Programme is outstanding and we have been working with some amazing colleges and talented apprentices. It’s great to see the Apprenticeship Programme being rolled out to General Managers and it will help secure a clear succession plan throughout the Company.

“First class recruitment and a clear focus on retention are key to our long-term success. This suite of development tools ensures that once we have attracted the best people we can help them grow with us. It’s incredibly exciting.”

Small Mansion at Gunnersbury Park. Picture: Historic England

Gunnersbury Park’s Small Mansion and stables have received a lifeline in the form of a £2.3 million grant for emergency repair work.

Ealing and Hounslow Council accepted the grants from Highways England at two separate cabinet meetings on Tuesday night (23 April).

The work must begin as soon as possible, with the grant only claimable until April next year and the two councils will now begin seeking contractors to undertake the works.

Hounslow Council chief executive, Niall Bulger, said at Tuesday’s meeting: “This grant is for this financial year only, so that will mean we have to crack on.”

The grant still falls far short of the total amount needed for the restoration, estimated to be between £9 and £11million, and Bulger said the remainder would likely only be found when a contractor was found to use the facility.

Mr Bulger said: “This funding is very much for the urgent repair and maintenance. There certainly needs to be an end user.”

During consultation, possible uses for the buildings have ranged from a cultural site to mixed-residential developments.

The park and buildings are jointly owned by the councils, and a consultation will now begin between project teams and partners to begin market testing, and establish end users.

Roughly £2 million of the new grant will be put to construction repair work, with a quarter of a million earmarked for repairs of detailing on the building.

The remainder will be put towards a survey, in which feasible uses will be investigated. The survey phase will be led by the London Borough of Ealing and the repairs phase will be led by the London Borough of Hounslow, with the only direct council outlay being on staff working hours.

The Small Mansion was built in 1802, and is a Grade Two listed building, according to Historic England. The mansion and stables are part of the 75-hectare park, with many of the other buildings already having been restored since 2010.

The Small Mansion temporarily hosts some of Gunnersbury Museum’s collections and the East and West Stables are not fit for use.

Gunnersbury Park Large Mansion restored. Picture: Historic England

The Gunnersbury 2026 Masterplan, formulated in 2012, outlined three Phases for the regeneration for the park. Phase 1, which dealt with the larger mansion on the land and focused upon the park itself, was completed in 2018. Phase 3, which focuses on sport facilities in the park, is due for completion in 2019. The Small Mansion and stables, technically Phase 2, has been delayed since 2012.

Phase two at Brentford Lock West has made it into the shortlist for the London RIBA Awards 2019 – rubbing shoulders with the likes of the BBC Television Centre and the Royal Opera House. Just 83 projects across London have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards, with the finalists due to be announced in May this year.

Chalico Walk, the first collection of homes to be delivered as part of phase two here, already secured a London RIBA Award in 2018 for its architecture. This time, the entire collection of homes in phase two has been shortlisted, to include the impressive Keelson Gardens. Arranged around a beautifully landscaped courtyard, Keelson Gardens comprises a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplex apartments, penthouses and townhouses. The homes benefit from the shared use of a communal courtyard, in addition to boasting their own balcony or terrace.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards are highly regarded across the industry, recognising buildings throughout the UK that have made a significant contribution to architecture. Winners of the London RIBA Award in May will then go on to be entered as finalists into the RIBA National Awards, which will be announced later in 2019.

James Stockdale, Development Manager, Brentford Lock West, said: “The architecture across the development pays careful attention to the site’s history and its waterside location and has been widely celebrated. The second phase of homes here have been designed to complement the earlier phase and provide our residents with truly inspiring and sociable places to live. In addition to well thought out interior spaces, carefully planned courtyards encourage a real sense of community here, while generous balconies and terraces offer the opportunity to bring the outside in. We have a limited number of apartments and townhouses still available here and I would encourage anyone looking for a home in the area to come along and view the homes we have on offer.”

A limited number of two and three bedroom apartments remain for sale at Keelson Gardens. Prices for the remaining apartments at Keelson Gardens start from £547,500 for a two bedroom apartment.

Last chance to buy at Chalico Walk
Just three, three-bedroom apartments remain for sale at Chalico Walk, the first homes to have be released on phase two at Brentford Lock West. Prices for the remaining apartments start from £660,000. All the homes benefit from a balcony/terrace and a water view and are ready to move in to now.

Townhouses at Keelson Gardens now selling

A collection of just six, four-bedroom townhouses are now available for sale at Keelson Gardens. With flexible living accommodation spread over four floors, the townhouses also offer access to a landscaped, outside communal space. In addition, they all benefit from their own private balconies and terraces. The homes are ready to move in to. All townhouses come with two parking spaces. Prices start from £899,950.

For more information, please call the Brentford Lock West sales team on 0203 504 6403, email brentfordlockwest@stubbingsltd.co.uk or visit www.brentfordlockwest.co.uk . The Sales and Marketing Suite is open daily 10am-5pm.

Phase two at Brentford Lock West was designed by architects Mae.

Brentford Lock West forms part of a long-term regeneration project to breathe new life into Brentford through the anticipated delivery of in excess of 700 new homes. Close to local shops, leisure facilities, beautiful parks and waterside walkways, the scheme has been carefully designed to maximise the water frontage whilst offering stylish homes, community spaces and commercial buildings in a new desirable west London destination.