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Climate change: Firms make green energy vows as call for action grow

Some of the world’s largest firms including Amazon and Google have committed to big-spending green energy plans as calls for climate action increase.Amazon has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040 and Google said it […]

RBS is first UK big four bank to be led by a woman

RBS has named Alison Rose as its new chief executive, making her the first woman to lead one of the UK’s big four banks.Ms Rose, who joined the bank 27 years ago as a graduate […]

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions Q3 2019

This is a summary of economic reports compiled by our Agents during July and August 2019. It generally compares activity and prices over the past three months with a year ago. The information in this […]

British Airways pilots call off next week’s strike

British Airways pilots have called off the next strike in their dispute, which had been scheduled for 27 September.Last week, a two-day stoppage called by the pilots’ union, Balpa, forced BA to cancel almost all […]

Feltham Opticians nominated for national award

Local Opticians Feltham Eyecare Centre has been nominated for a national award by the optical industry.  The practice is one of only four in the UK to be nominated for Marketing Campaign of the Year […]

Sainsbury’s pledges to halve plastic packaging by 2025

Sainsbury’s has become the latest supermarket to target packaging waste, pledging to halve the amount of plastic used in its stores by 2025. Its customers will have to change their behaviour to achieve the “bold […]

SSE sale of retail business to Ovo creates new UK energy giant

Ovo is set to become the UK’s second largest energy supplier after it agreed to buy SSE’s retail business for £500m. Ovo – which was created 10 years ago – is already the UK’s largest […]

BRENTFORD COMMITS TO ERADICATING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BOTTLES AT TRAINING GROUND

Today, the Club took a big step forward in reducing our plastic waste by introducing reusable bottles for every member of coaching and playing staff at our Jersey Road Training Ground. In line with Sky […]

Four-day work week unrealistic, says Labour-commissioned report

People should work fewer hours to earn a living, but capping their hours would be unrealistic, a report commissioned by the Labour Party has claimed. The report, by cross-bench peer Robert Skidelsky, said working less […]

Hanworth Park house

Hanworth Air Park was built right next to a grand old house, Hanworth Park House (HPH). After the war HPH became a hotel and being so close to the Aston Martin Lagonda premises became quite […]

London Stock Exchange gets £32bn Hong Kong bid

The company that owns Hong Kong’s main stock exchange has made a £32bn bid to buy its rival in London. Shares in the London Stock Exchange Group jumped by more than 15% on news of […]

California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

Assembly Bill 5, as its known, will affect firms like Uber and Lyft, which are based in California and depend on those working in the gig economy.Some estimates suggest costs for those firms would increase […]

Violent retail crime leading to PTSD for shop staff, report says

Shop workers are experiencing “severe mental health consequences” as a result of violent store crime, a study says. The report by City, University of London, says a rise in violent retail crime is causing “long-lasting anxiety […]

Wage growth stays strong as unemployment falls

Wages have continued to grow at a strong pace and employment remains at record highs, official figures show. Earnings excluding bonuses grew at an annual pace of 3.8% in the May to July period, down slightly […]

We are back!!!

You may have noticed some radio silence recently, I was on holiday. We are now back in action, raring to start the next 110 years and more specifically the Autumn, so usual service will be […]

Hounslow Highways is now a Refill Station

Be a part of the solution don’t add to the pollution! Hounslow Highways are happy to announce they have recently been added to Refill’s station list. This means that anyone using Refill’s app will find […]

Feltham in Bloom!

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Partnerships Director for GWC Creative Enterprise Zone

We are delighted to share that Bill Boler will start as Partnerships Director for the Great West Creatives (GWC) Creative Enterprise Zone – based at West London Business – from Monday 2 September.   Bill has […]

Commuters to receive free travel for a month from Gospel Oak to Barking

Sadiq Khan the London mayor has requested free travel for commuters who use the Gospel to Barking Overground line due to software setbacks and repeated delays. Around 30,000 commuters will receive free travel as compensation […]

InterContinental Hotels Group sees Profit Surge

Despite slowing growth in China with the trade war with America and the protests in Hong Kong, Holiday Inn owner InterContinental Hotels Group has seen half year profits soar 25%. In the six months to […]

Together We Are Making Hounslow Cleaner and Greener

We have some fantastic spaces, communities and neighbourhoods in Hounslow, and like many other places, we are experiencing challenges from littering, increases in fly tipping, and a perceived loss of civic pride. These behaviours are […]

UK services sector shows sign of improvement

Activity in the UK’s services sector improved in July, according to the IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index for services. It climbed to 51.4 in July, from 50.2 in June, the highest since October. A reading […]

The Duke’s River Path Opens between Twickenham and Isleworth

It was officially opened by the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Tony Louki and Deputy Mayor of Richmond Cllr James Chard at a special launch on Friday (26 July). The Duke’s River runs between Kneller Gardens […]

Fall in Sterling could lead to surge in Chinese citizens visiting the UK

JGOO, the next generation mobile payments platform, says the increased chance of a hard Brexit and the growing possibility of a general election means Sterling could fall further, leading to a possible surge in Chinese […]

Abundance London Street Party!

Piazza launch street party Sunday 15th September 11-4 PM In association with the Cookbook Festival, the Book Festival and Car Free Day. We will be closing Turnham Green Terrace, putting tables down the center, music […]

AA reminds business drivers to think ahead when heading abroad

With almost five million UK drivers heading abroad each summer, many of those in leased vehicles, the AA’s business services team is reminding fleet managers, finance providers and rental companies to update the checklists they […]

New Hounslow group to help those impacted by welfare reforms

The formation of this group is part of an initial three stage project to devise a joint action plan to help residents across the borough mitigate the impact of recent reforms, particularly around increased poverty. […]

International shoppers overlook mainland Europe in favour of UK

The UK was the European destination of choice for international shoppers in June, with retailers experiencing an impressive 13% spike in sales to non-EU shoppers. The UK was leagues ahead of its European neighbours, as […]

Council Commits to Action on Climate Emergency

At a meeting of Borough Council on 23 July, Hounslow Council declared a motion recognising the Government’s amendment to its Climate Change Act Environmental and Sustainability Strategy (Paper No.19-197), that introduces a legally binding net […]

Fuller’s Financial Results

Fuller’s financial results for the 52 Weeks ended 30 March 2019! Click here to view.

AccessAble Hosts First Workshop in Hounslow

The first part of the workshop was led by Ellen Iliot, and Amy Waumsley, Partnerships Managers at AccessAble who explained what is involved in the surveying process and how their Access Guides help people with […]

How Growth Street is transforming the overdraft for East Anglian SMEs

Growth Street, who are transforming the business overdraft, are currently providing just under £7.5m of overdraft-style credit lines for growing businesses in East Anglia. It bucks the national trend which, since the financial crash in […]

Hounslow Scoops Award for Cycling Success

Hounslow Council has picked up the 2019 London Road Safety Award for their pioneering cycle training scheme that has raised the profile of adult cycle training in the borough while increasing participation. The scheme has […]

Hounslow’s Roads the Best in London!

The report, which provides key information on numbers, condition and funding found that out of 32 London boroughs, only Hounslow emerged as having a maintenance backlog considered ‘low’. The report provides key information on asset […]

UK Weather: Heatwave Prompts Calls for Flexible Working

Employers should allow staff to work flexibly and have a relaxed dress code during this week’s UK heatwave, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said. Temperatures are set to top 35C and TUC general secretary […]

SSE Enterprise Telecoms Increases Reach of its UK-Wide Network

SSE Enterprise Telecoms one of the UK’s leading connectivity suppliers has announced on Tuesday shares research highlighting a disparity in the connectivity needs of London-based UK businesses versus businesses in regional towns. The insights show […]

Hounslow Collects 12 Green Flag Awards for its Parks and Open Spaces

This follows on from 11 parks which were recognised last year with Heston Park being the new addition. The 12 parks are: Beaversfield Park Bedfont Lakes Country Park Boston Manor Park Chiswick Back Common Church […]

Government Offers ‘Inflation-Busting’ Pay Rises

Chancellor Philip Hammond has handed public sector workers a pay rise that is above the UK’s 2% inflation rate. The move comes just days before Theresa May leaves office, which could lead Mr Hammond to […]

UK Businesses in Sustainability Investment Drive

Nearly half of UK businesses plan to increase investment to become more environmentally sustainable, research from HSBC UK has found. HSBC’s Made for the Future report revealed that 44% of companies planned to increase sustainability […]

UK unemployement rate lowest since 1974

According to the latest labour market review by the Office of National Statistics published on Tuesday, estimated employment rates for men and women aged from 16 to 64 years have been generally increasing since early […]

Joint Services Open Day to be held at Bedfont Lakes this Saturday

The park which houses a local nature reserve, wetlands, plus over 100 species of plants and birds is the ideal location for a family day out of fun and activities. And let’s not forget all […]

UK’s e-commerce market to grow to €231bn by 2021

Research compiled by J.P. Morgan shows the e-commerce market in the UK is expected to grow 9% per year over the next three years, with the market projected to be worth €231.2bn by 2021. Today, […]

Blueprint for Hounslow Cavalry Barracks gets the green light

A blueprint for the future use of the Hounslow Cavalry Barracks site was approved last night (Tuesday 9 July) by Hounslow’s Cabinet, setting out the potential for its redevelopment. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is […]

Wage Growth at Highest Rate Since 2008

Wage growth in the UK rose to 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008, according to Office for National Statistics figures. Wages have been outpacing inflation since March 2018. A […]

China Economy Hit by Growing Pressures

China’s economy stuttered in the second quarter,growing at its slowest pace since the early 1990s. In the three months to June, the economy expanded 6.2% from a year earlier. It comes as China boosted spending and […]

Businesses in London urged to register for Making Tax Digital before August

More than 68,000 businesses in London, with a turnover above £85,000, have signed up to Making Tax Digital (MTD). HMRC is now urging the remaining businesses, that are required to sign up in the region, […]

Wireless electric car charging gets cash boost

The government is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a sharp drop in hybrid car sales. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to “transform” the network of […]

2 Million Workers Could Become Eligible for Statutory Sick Pay

Two million low-paid workers could receive statutory sick pay for the first time. Currently, employees must earn at least the equivalent of 14 hours on the minimum wage to qualify. But the government is looking […]

Collection Rates Success for Council Tax and Business Rates

The London Borough of Hounslow has achieved excellent collection results for business rates and council tax in London for 2018-19. For Business Rates, Hounslow collected 99.9% of its business rates, which places us second in London […]

Airports Make ‘Significant’ Progress Helping Disabled

UK airports have made “significant improvements” in providing assistance for passengers with mobility problems, the industry regulator has said. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that for the first time, no airports had been given […]

UK Economy Returns to Growth

UK gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.3% in the three months to May 2019 following the fall seen in April. Both the services and production sectors grew by 0.3% in the three months to […]

Growth Street Hits £1m ISA Milestone in Just Six Weeks

Six weeks since launching their Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA), Growth Street has seen one million pounds deposited into its tax-free account, and it’s not even ISA season. Growth Street’s 179 ISA investors have enthusiastically taken […]

Simply Secures £60m from Citi

Simply, the UK’s fastest growing asset finance provider, today announced that it has received a £60m warehouse facility from Citi. This deal will allow Simply to provide more funding to small and medium-sized business across […]

Chinese Ethnic Group Biggest Earners in UK

Chinese and Indian ethnic group workers have higher average earnings than their white British counterparts, the first official figures on the issue show. But the data on the ethnicity pay gap, showed all other ethnic groups […]

Lidl to Create 500 Jobs and Open 12 New Stores

Discount supermarket chain Lidl has announced they are to open 12 new stores creating 500 jobs in Scotland where there is already 98 stores. By November the supermarket hopes to have a new regional distribution […]

UK’s Entrepreneurs Still Optimistic About Growth

New research into the ambitions of Britain’s smallest firms has uncovered a perennially optimistic community of entrepreneurs, undeterred by the current political upheaval. The Small Business Barometer, a biennial snapshot undertaken by small business support […]

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions Q2 2019

Click here to view the Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions Q2 2019. This is a summary of economic reports compiled by Agents during May 2019. It generally compares activity and prices over the past three […]

Growth Street Rockets Past £500m of Matched Loans

Growth Street, which is reinventing the business overdraft, has hit a big milestones in June. It has now matched over £500m worth of investor funds on its platform since launch in 2014. This milestone was […]

Fatima Amongst the UK’s 100 Most influential Women in Cycling!

The women have all been recognised in celebration of the amazing work they have done to inspire other women to cycle as the national cycling charity officially launches its Women’s Festival of Cycling. Amongst the […]

1000heads Group Secures Over £30m Investment to Support Growth

Word of Mouth agency, 1000heads Group, has secured between £30m and £40m of investment from a leading UK mid-market private equity firm, Phoenix Equity Partners. 1000heads has over 150 people across offices in London, New […]

Mayor of London Unveils Green Wall at Chiswick Primary School

Despite soaring temperatures, the excitement was palpable last Saturday (29 June 2019) as families, teachers, clergy and public figures gathered at St Mary’s Catholic School in Chiswick to welcome the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan […]

Airbnb gives £2bn boost to the London economy

New data from Airbnb reveals that guests and hosts on the platform generated over £2bn for the London economy in 2018 alone. Guest spending in London neighbourhoods and communities accounted for more than three quarters […]

Brentford Library Exhibition: A History of Brentford

Fifty Pubs of Brentford Alfred Pearce wrote it in 1948 when he was seventy-four years old (his family ran the Alexandra pub in the High Street).He starts at the Star and Garter, Kew Bridge Road […]

London Climate Action Week: Hounslow unites with Parliament in declaring Climate Emergency

London is a world leader in climate action with a diverse concentration of businesses, Non-Governmental Organisations and academic institutions working with governments and communities to develop and deliver solutions. Its businesses and organisations are a […]

Scotch Whisky Targeted by New US Tariffs

Scotch whisky is among the products targeted by the US for a possible range of new tariffs on imported goods. The US has threatened to impose tariffs on European Union imports worth up to $4bn […]

London Businesses Urged to Join Indian Exporting Boom

Businesses from across London were given a showcase in exporting to India by the HM Trade Commissioner for South Asia, Crispin Simon, at a free event hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT) on […]

Why Electric Vehicles Make Sense for Almost Any Organisation

Today, the benefits of greener cars and vans are so compelling, if you don’t consider them, you risk seriously missing out. According to LeasePlan UK, here’s why this is the perfect time to look into […]

Gold Prices Hit 6 Year High and Continue to Rise

Predicted lower interest rates, weaker dollar and continued tension between the US and other countries including Iran and China has helped to push the price of gold to a six year high. The price of […]

Mobile Users Can Now Switch Providers With One Text

Mobile phone customers can now switch providers with a single free text under new rules which have come into effect. At the moment, customers have to phone their mobile provider when they want to switch […]

UK Economy Grows Due to Manufacturing Push

UK economic growth accelerated for the first quarter of 2019 which was driven by the highest pick-up in manufacturing since the 1980’s. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) gross domestic product (GDP) rose […]

Local MP visits new Heathrow East Hotel Development

On Friday 21st June, MP Seema Malhotra visited the site of the striking new 1930s-inspired Ibis Styles London Heathrow East hotel in Hounslow.   Welcomed by Chairman Shiraz Boghani, Vice Chairman Nadeem Boghani of Splendid […]

Positive indicators for West London Orbital Rail Line

The Leaders of the seven West London councils have welcomed the publication of a report which concludes that there is a strong case for further work on proposals for a new orbital rail line – […]

UK Commuters Want Investment in Rail Services

The majority of commuters want to see investments in technology make journeys quicker, cheaper and more reliable, according to not-yet-released data, commissioned by Fujitsu. The research, conducted by Censuswide, found that a significant nine-in-10 commuters […]

Kensington & Chelsea Attempt to Improve Air Quality

Kensington and Chelsea Council today announced that it has signed up to a pollution busting programme, which will see the borough offer completely cashless parking by 2020, with mobile parking payment provider PayByPhone. As part […]

Retailers Expecting a Spike in Sales This Summer

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of UK SME retailers expect to see an increase in sales this summer, according to a new study commissioned by Royal Mail. With global reach and the number one facilitator of […]

Hounslow Housing Strategy 2019-24

Hounslow’s Cabinet agreed to the consultation at the Cabinet meeting on 11 June. The draft strategy includes proposals for delivering new homes, meeting housing need, preventing homelessness and providing excellent housing services for our residents […]

Wind Power: £100m Fund Aims to Boost UK Companies

A £100m fund has been established to help UK firms capitalise on the boom in offshore wind. With the UK so well suited to exploiting wind power, turbines have been erected in more than 30 […]

Businesses Push Government to Complete HS2 Railway

Business leaders are calling on the next prime minister to commit to delivering HS2 in full. In an open letter, more than 20 business leaders say continued backing for the next phase of the £56bn high-speed […]

Boots Rolls Out Paper Bags After Plastics Row

Health and beauty chain Boots has started to replace plastic bags with brown paper bags in an attempt to cut down on the use of single-use plastic. The retailer is also introducing bleached paper dispensing […]

Heathrow Reveals Expansion ‘Masterplan’

Heathrow Airport will construct a third runway by 2026 and complete its expansion by 2050, according to its “masterplan” published on Tuesday. The plan includes diverting rivers, moving roads and rerouting the M25 through a […]

Hounslow Town Primary School’s New Building Will Accommodate 60 New Pupils

The Local Authority is proposing to build a new Hounslow Town Primary School on the school Road Car Park west of the current school site. If the school expands it will increase by 60 pupils […]

Brentford Community Stadium Construction

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EcoWorld London becomes Brentford FC Shirt Sponsor

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 […]

Mayor of London to invest more than £100m in small businesses

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 […]

Brentford FC join forces with Umbro

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 […]

Bank of England Inflation Report May 2019

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 […]

Fuller’s launches new Learning and Development offer

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 […]

Multi-million grant to repair Small Mansion and stable block

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 […]

Brentford Lock West makes it into the shortlist for RIBA London Awards 2019

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 […]

‘outstanding and extraordinary quality of the family experience provided’

Brentford Football Club has today been confirmed as the best place to experience EFL family football in London, and the second best in the country. Each of the 72 EFL clubs received two ‘mystery family’ […]

Northern Iraq KRG “Meet The Buyer” Business Development Event

West London companies are urged to attend this unique opportunity to meet visiting companies from Northern Iraq. UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP has visited Baghdad for a three-day visit (Sunday, 14 April […]

West London Turkish Festival

West London Turkish Festival is a Charity event bringing people and communities together. We have our differences, but we also have a lot in common. We love good food, having fun and networking. This event […]

Kingfisher Sec

Kingfisher Guarding Services Ltd is as of today trading as Kingfisher Sec. They are very proud of their new re-branded image and very much looking forward to providing a high quality service to all their […]

Launch of Airivo’s New Website!

PRESS RELEASE 29th of March 2019 For immediate release Airivo are pleased to announce the launch of their new website. Having renewed their logo and strapline, the launch of the website brings together Airivo’s growing […]

Heathrow reveals offsite hub shortlist with one in Wincanton Greenford

Heathrow Airport has named the 18 locations that have been shortlisted to host factories and yards to build components for its third runway project. Heathrow is looking to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs […]

‘Space burger’: Fast food treat crashes to Earth in Colchester United’s training ground

After a long day of training, most footballers probably wouldn’t turn down a free cheeseburger – even if it isn’t officially part of their healthy diet. But when this particular McDonald’s Big Mac was found […]

London is named as the best destination in the world ahead of Paris in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards – while New York slides out of the top 10

London has been named the best-rated destination in the world in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations. The winners were determined using an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants […]

Aluminium firm cyber-attack cost at least £25.6m

A cyber-attack on a Norwegian aluminium company has cost it at least 300 million Norwegian kroner (£25.6m). Hydro, which employs 35,000 people in 40 countries, was hit by malware last week. The company said it was slowly […]

Road safety: UK set to adopt vehicle speed limiters

Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU. The Department for Transport said the system would also apply […]