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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.”

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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.

With Brentford Football Club preparing for what may be their final Emirates FA Cup tie at their historic Griffin Park home, the University of West London have further expanded their long-standing partnership. Brentford – third in the Sky Bey Championship – face Leicester City, third in the Premier League, in a Fourth Round tie at Griffin Park on Saturday, 25 January. And a sell-out crowd may see the last ever cup tie at Griffin Park as The Bees prepare to move to the brand-new Brentford Community Stadium in the summer. Should Brentford progress there may be two more ties at Griffin Park and UWL will be part of the cup run this season.

UWL have signed a deal to be Brentford’s official Emirates FA Cup Shirt Sleeve Sponsor for the 2019/20 season. Their logo will appear on the left sleeve of all shirts when The Bees face Leicester and in every subsequent match. UWL have been a long-standing supporter of Brentford FC and are our official Education Partner as part of a relationship that is in to its eighth year. Their logo appears on top tier of the Brook Road stand at Griffin Park and on the back of First Team and B Team shirts and shorts as well on the Club’s LED perimeter advertising.

Professor Anthony Woodman, UWL Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “At UWL we take people with talent and ambition and provide them with great teaching, excellent facilities and outstanding student support so they can connect with successful and rewarding careers. Given the impressive performance of Brentford’s young team in the last round, it is apt that UWL is sponsoring the Club’s FA Cup run this year. We wish the Club every success. Our sponsorship reflects the close working partnership we have with Brentford FC that helps us to deliver the very best sports facilities for our students and give back to our local community.”

Mike Sullivan, Brentford FC Commercial Manager, said: “Our relationship with the UWL continues to grow and grow. They have been brilliant in showing their support and commitment to the Club, over the last nine years, and have always been open to any new innovative ideas. We are delighted that the UWL have agreed to be our official Emirates FA Cup sleeve sponsor for the second season running, and hopefully look we look forward to enjoying a nice FA Cup run with them this season.”

IKEA UK has announced plans to open a ‘unique’ store in Hammersmith.

Its uniqueness comes from its relatively small size. IKEAs are normally the size of a small town, but this one represents ‘a whole new format for the city’. It will be the first IKEA store on a High St.

The Swedish retailer has bought the whole of King’s Mall and although it will be small by IKEA standards, consumers will still be able to buy some 2,000 home furnishing products – and to sit down to a plate of Swedish meatballs there.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council said:

“We’re very pleased Hammersmith will benefit from having Britain’s first IKEA city store. The new Ingka Centre will help rejuvenate King Street and improve our neighbourhood for all our residents and local businesses.

IKEA Hammersmith is set to open in Spring 2021.

The new ibis Styles hotel will open in December

Accor, the leading augmented hospitality group, today announces that the newly built ibis Styles London Heathrow East will open by the end of December. The hotel has been conceived in partnership with Splendid Hospitality Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing privately-owned hotel groups.

Situated in a prime West London location on Great West Road (A4), Hounslow, the new 125-room hotel is a 12-minute drive from Terminals 1,2 & 3 and close to Hounslow East Underground Station, providing guests with direct access to central London. It is also located close to several large business parks, with the hotel designed to cater perfectly for both business and leisure travellers.


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Financial Highlights

• £164.5 million profit from the sale of the Fuller’s Beer Business • Revenue* up 6% to £174.8 million (H1 2019: £165.0 million)

Comparable basis, excluding the impact of IFRS 16*: • Adjusted profit1 was level at £17.9 million (H1 2019: £17.9 million) • Adjusted earnings per share2 up 1% to 26.17p (H1 2019: 25.83p) • EBITDA3 was £30.2 million (H1 2019: £30.6 million)

Statutory results, post IFRS 16: • Statutory profit before tax for total Group operations of £176.2 million (H1 2019: £20.8 million), after separately disclosed items of £158.2 million • Basic earnings per share for total Group operations of 315.73p (H1 2019: 29.65p • Interim dividend level at 7.80p per ‘A’ and ‘C’ 40p ordinary share (H1 2019: 7.80p)

*Figures are for continuing operations only. Prior year numbers have been restated for the reallocation of central overhead recharges (refer to Note 1)

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Sadia Barlow Photography is a Hounslow based husband and wife team and work with entrepreneurs and SMEs on their personal branding portfolio.  From time to time they like to collaborate with local professionals and for this particular photo shoot they had their lovely model booked and a fabulous, Richmond based wedding dress designer had kindly offered one of her dresses and some jewellery for the shoot, Sally Smith of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce introduced Sadia to Helen Miekle of West Thames College, who allowed the use of the stunning Victorian conservatory in Spring Grove House, Isleworth.  After some thought Sadia decided to contact West Thames College and give local young people the chance to work on a professional photo shoot to get some experience and exposure.  In Sadia’s words, “We asked them to give us a make up artist and hair person, and after meeting all the Level 3 hair and make up students we were given 3 lovely students – one to work on make up, the other on hair and a young student who acted as ‘runner’ for the day. The outcome was a hugely successful collaboration by all accounts; everything came together perfectly.  The girls fully understood the brief and in fact exceeded our expectations.  Their dedication to their craft was obvious and the clearly demonstrated a passion for what they do.  This is all we could have asked for”