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Brentford Community Stadium Construction Construction newsletter 4 – June 2019

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. visual summary which covers the main elements of the Inflation Report. 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 […]

Cyber Aware Campaign

DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) have launched a new campaign: Cyber Aware. This provides information for small businesses to help protect them from cyber attacks. For more information visit     […]

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand falls silent for mosque victims

New Zealand has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observed a two-minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor […]

Agents’ summary of business conditions – 2019 Q1 – Bank of England

Consumer demand Growth in the value of retail sales weakened, as uncertainty about Brexit and the wider economy weighed on spending. Business and financial services Business and financial services activity slowed a little, reflecting caution […]

World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! Firstly, we have Woody’s story. Woody is a young many who was excluded from football and Brentford FC have tried to help. Woody is six years old, non-verbal, and […]

One year on since Brentford Community Stadium ground-breaking ceremony

As today marks the anniversary of our ground-breaking ceremony where the Muttitt family of Brentford fans put the first spade in the ground to start work on the Brentford Community Stadium development, we thought it […]

NLCCE/Middlesex University Joint Venture

Tuesday 30 April 2019, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm Join us at Middlesex University for the exciting launch of London Centre for SME Development – a new joint venture from NLCCE and Middlesex University. Find out about the benefits […]


‘WEST LONDON: THE WORLD’S MOST CONNECTED PLACE’ RESEARCH LAUNCHES AT GLOBAL PROPERTY CONFERENCE The West London Business team has launched a report evidencing West London as “the world’s most connected place”. The launch was attended […]

Inbound Trade Missions Have Been Welcomed To Our Chamber Recently

From the Persian Gulf Reception at DIT HQ with Lord Lamont From India in Houses of Parliament From China including cooperation agreement From Turkey From USA

Troubled Hounslow GP surgery with 8,500 patients could close two years after opening

A Hounslow GP surgery with thousands of patients has been warned it could be closed less than two years after opening. Heston Health Clinic, in Cranford Lane, took over from another GP in June 2017 […]

Electric cars in London: Which boroughs have the highest demand for electric chargers in the capital?

Hounslow Councillor Katherine Dunne, cabinet member for communities and workforce at Hounslow Council agrees that boroughs need to make the most of the grant opportunities made available to them. Hounslow was one of the first […]

“Feltham in Bloom”

A group of local people, already working separately on environmental, tidying and gardening ventures in the Feltham area, have decided to band together and combine their efforts by entering a bid for Feltham town in […]

London councils are building homes again:huge regeneration projects and housing plans unveiled at MIPIM property conference in Cannes

This week the London property world — developers, councils, planners and architects — have decamped to Cannes in the South of France for the annual MIPIM real estate conference. With just two weeks to go […]

Hounslow Business Awards Press Release & Winners

Winners of 2018 Hounslow Business Awards announced The winners of the 2018 Hounslow Business Awards were announced last Thursday night (28 February) at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Syon Park, Brentford. Now in its […]

Most imports tariff-free under no-deal plan

The government has announced that most imports into the UK would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Under a temporary scheme 87% of imports by value would be eligible for […]

Hounslow offers £110k for ICT and digital chief

The London Borough of Hounslow is seeking a seeking a director of digital and ICT to spearhead “a new chapter of transformation for the council”. The role, which comes with a salary of up to […]

Plans For Massive Redevelopment Of B&Q Site Set To Be Revealed

Area to become ‘London’s hub for automotive technology’ Area to become ‘London’s hub for automotive technology’ Drawing of the proposed site with Chiswick Roundabout shown top left Plans for the proposed development of the B&Q […]

Major Boost for Grove Park Piazza and Barnes Bridge Walkway Projects

Chiswick getting nearly £2m funding from Liveable Neighbourhoods Scheme A number of projects to improve the south Chiswick area have received a major boost after it was announced they are to get almost £2 million […]

Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?

While political uncertainty over Brexit continues, life must go on as normal for British families – and that includes making plans for holidays. The UK is due to leave the EU this month, right before […]

Shoreham Airshow pilot acquitted over crash deaths

Pilot Andrew Hill has been found not guilty of manslaughter over the Shoreham Airshow crash, in which 11 men died. Mr Hill’s ex-military Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in Sussex on 22 […]

Council launches public consultation on new library opening hours

The council is considering introducing a new timetable that better matches resident demand, and removes current inefficient opening times. Under the proposal the total staffed opening hours across all sites will remain unchanged and additional […]

Brentford Set to Welcome More Creative Businesses

UBC’s two-floor business centre is providing affordable, flexible workspace   The Mille 1000 Great West Road Brentford, West London 0800 169 9822 The London Borough of Hounslow has long been recognised as a thriving […]

Woman faces deportation after 17 years in UK

A woman who has lived in the UK for 17 years “may die” if she is deported, her husband has said. Pauline Taylor-French, 45, fled Jamaica with her two daughters after suffering violent abuse. Her […]

What is 5G and when will the UK get it?

Superfast 5G internet is coming to the UK this year and promises speeds much faster than we have now. You’ve probably seen the 4G or 3G icon on your phone – that’s what connects you […]

SEGRO sees full-year 2017 profits jump 25% after record level of development completions

The industrial property developer said its adjusted pre-tax profit increased by 25.7% to £194.2mln in the full-year to 31 December 2017, up from £154.5mln a year earlier Segro PLC (LON:SGRO) saw a record level of development […]

Hounslow means business! Business community convene for an action-packed day on 28 February

If you are a business of any size operating in Hounslow, or an investor or entrepreneur looking for a foothold in West London, make sure to clear your diary on Thursday 28 February! It will […]

Hounslow scoops London in Bloom awards

Hounslow has done it again, scooping several prestigious London in Bloom Awards thanks to the efforts made by communities to improve their local environment. The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Volunteers won ‘Gold’ in the ‘Our […]

Schoolchildren go on strike over climate change

Schoolchildren across the UK have gone on strike as part of a global campaign calling for action over climate change. Students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare […]

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) encourages parents to share the joy of parenting and bond with their child while keeping in touch with the workplace.  This year the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are […]

Permission granted for new homes, commercial space and public bridge at Brentford Lock West

Plans for new homes, commercial space and a public bridge over the Grand Union Canal at Waterside Places’ Brentford Lock West development have been unanimously approved by London Borough of Hounslow. Phase three will deliver […]

Bank of England’s Inflation Report 7 February 2018

  The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment. At its meeting ending on 6 […]

Hounslow Fire – What is your contingency plan?

The blaze at the restaurant broke out at 12.55pm this morning. Fire crews say the restaurant’s ducting is alight. Dramatic photos show thick plumes of black smoke filling the skies around the Treaty Centre. A […]

CV Award to Hounslow Chamber of Commerce

The Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has had their award published by CV magazine and the links to read about it are linked below. A link to the supplement and full recipient list HERE. The 2018 […]

Urban Pantry Cafe in Chiswick wins best breakfast in Britain

The café’s talented team have just won the National Breakfast Awards by competing in a live cook off against 16 other finalists narrowed down from hundreds of entries. “We were really nervous about the results […]

Council Tax To Rise Again This Year In Hounslow Borough

Another rise in Council tax is on the way for Hounslow borough residents this year with a nearly 5 per cent increase included in the forthcoming budget, the maximum allowed for a Council to impose […]

Brentford Community Stadium Update

As you will no doubt have seen, the construction of the Brentford Football Stadium is continuing to progress well, with the bulk of the south, east and west stands now in place. Work on the […]

Brexit: Labour MPs in ‘show us the money’ row

Prominent Labour MPs have warned their colleagues not to accept money for their constituencies in return for supporting Theresa May’s Brexit deal. David Lammy tweeted they would be seen as “cowards and facilitators” and warned: “History […]

UK weather: Schools closed across Wales and England

Hundreds of schools across Wales and southern parts of England are closed due to snow and icy conditions. More than 500 schools are shut in Wales, with about 200 in Berkshire, 250 in Wiltshire and […]

Queen makes plea for Britons to find ‘common ground’

The Queen has urged people to find “common ground” and to respect “different points of view”. Commentators say the remarks will be seen as referring to the Brexit debate, with MPs due to vote on […]

Fuller’s sells London Pride beer business to Asahi

Fuller’s, the brewer whose beers include London Pride, is to sell its entire drinks business to Japan’s biggest brewer Asahi. The company said the £250m deal would preserve the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, west London, where […]

An artist’s paintings of East End London are finally gaining recognition

Doreen Fletcher started painting scenes of East End London in 1983 but gave up in 2004 after being discouraged by a lack of recognition. A chance encounter with London blogger The Gentle Author helped bring […]

Icy conditions cause travel disruption in parts of UK

Icy conditions have caused travel disruption to some parts of the country following snowfall across the UK. The worst-affected area was north-west England, where flights and rail services have been hit by delays and cancellations. […]

Black Friday steals Christmas shoppers

UK retail sales fell by more than expected in December after consumers brought forward their Christmas shopping to November, the Office for National Statistics has said. Sales volumes fell by 0.9%, more than the 0.8% forecast […]

Fans form ‘Chelsea Together’ to ‘stand together’ against racism and intolerance

A new Chelsea fan group has been set up in a bid to “oppose all forms of discrimination in and around the club”. Ten groups and fan-led media outlets have united to start ‘Chelsea Together’ […]

Pound rises after ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

The pound has risen after MPs voted to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 230 votes. The vote opens up a range of outcomes, including no deal, a renegotiation of Mrs May’s deal, or a second […]

Massive spinning ice disk forms in US river

A rare natural phenomenon taking shape in the US state of Maine is mesmerising people around the world. A giant slow-turning ice disk, measuring approximately 91m (298ft) wide, has formed in the Presumpscot River in […]

Andy Murray criticises LTA chiefs over failure to build on his success

Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV […]

Hounslow announced as one of Mayor of London’s first ever Creative Enterprise Zones

  Hounslow is one of just six boroughs successful in receiving grant funding from The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for the capital’s first ever Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZ). The CEZ initiative, set up to […]

London Irish to play at Brentford Community Stadium

Under embargo until 8am Tuesday 18 December London Irish to play at Brentford Community Stadium New stadium to be home for both Brentford FC and London Irish from 2020 Brentford Football Club is delighted to […]

The Signal Box in Euston Station opens

Fuller the London brewer and premium pub company has opened a new transport hub, The Signal box in Euston Station. It opened December 10, 2018 and is located upstairs. Here is the full press release […]

Brexit: Theresa May vows to keep UK ‘strong and united’

Theresa May has pledged to keep the UK “strong and united” after Brexit as she marks a year to go until the UK’s departure from the European Union. The PM is visiting England, Scotland, Wales […]

Building a college fit for industry at “West London’s biggest jobs fair”

Hundreds of job seekers were interviewed on the day whilst many more had the opportunity to speak to over fifty employers, helping them to hone their CV and try out new skills. Firms including Hewlett […]

Brexit: UK firms ‘fearful’ for future migration system

UK employers are “fearful” about what a future migration system will be like after Britain leaves the European Union, according to a new report. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said businesses are concerned about their […]

Government wades into GKN takeover battle

Business Secretary Greg Clark has written to Melrose demanding “binding” commitments from the turnaround specialist over its £8.1bn bid for GKN. He sought “extensive and clear” measures over GKN’s workforce, research and development, and pension […]

Firms failing to report pay gap in ‘last chance saloon’

  Employers that fail to publish their gender pay gap on time are being warned they are in the “last chance saloon” and may face “unlimited fines”. For the first time private and public bodies […]

New car sales ‘to fall 5.5% in 2018’ amid consumer slowdown

  Car sales in Britain are set to slide this year amid a slowdown in consumer spending, a report has claimed. Ratings agency Moody’s said new car registrations were likely to fall 5.5% in 2018, […]

Uber sells South East Asia operations to rival Grab

  Uber is selling its South East Asia ride-share and food delivery businesses to regional rival Grab. The move marks a further retreat from international operations for Uber, after it sold its China business to […]

Modern Times Group spins off Nordic Entertainment as listed company

Modern Times Group (MTG) has decided to split into two companies, one for e-sports, gaming and digital entertainment, and the other for broadcasting, studio production and social media advertising. The plan follows TDC’s withdrawal from […]

FSB calls on MPs to move forward with Heathrow runway plan

Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) report, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: A new runway at Heathrow is an opportunity to give a […]

Heathrow statement on Transport Select Committee Report

Heathrow has issued the following statement regarding the release of a new report by the Transport Select Committee today. This report couldn’t be clearer – Heathrow is the right answer for the UK and Parliament […]

Hounslow shortlisted to become one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones

Hounslow has been successful in securing funding to develop its bid to become one of the Capitals first Creative Enterprise Zones. Creative Enterprise Zones are a bold new initiative for London to secure its future […]

Household squeeze shows signs of easing as wages rise

Wages grew by 2.6% in the three months to January while the unemployment rate fell, according to new data. The Office for National Statistics said that earnings growth was slightly higher than the 2.5% rate […]

Brentford FC’s new stadium ground-breaking ceremony

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Monday to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development. A family of Brentford supporters, Robert Muttitt, 70, together […]

Brexit: Government ‘paranoia’ over secret business agreements

by Faisal Islam Sky News has established the Government has been signing a series of secret agreements with companies and industry groups over highly controversial outcomes of the Brexit process for Britain’s trade border. The […]

Landmark moment for electric vehicles with first lampost chargers switched on

The first of a borough-wide network of electric vehicle chargers fitted to lamposts have now been switched on and are being used by Wandsworth residents. This week15 lamposts are having EV charging plugs fitted to […]

PwC joins Tesco, JP Morgan, NatWest Markets and others to launch new women in tech charter

Over a dozen firms, including PwC, Tesco, JP Morgan and the company behind Zoopla, have teamed up to launch a new charter aimed at tackling the factors behind a critical shortfall of women in the […]

Zero Carbon Project launches in London to tackle climate change using the blockchain

Zero Carbon Project was launched in London at this website on Saturday 10th March. The second leg of the launch will be in Sydney this week. The Project is tackling climate change using the blockchain by […]

UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar

  UN investigators have accused Facebook of playing a “determining role” in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing possible acts of genocide said Facebook had “turned into a […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond to unveil Spring Statement

  The UK economy is in better shape than expected, Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to say in his Spring Statement. But he will resist calls from Labour and some Tories to use the extra […]

UK growth to be slowest in G20 this year, says OECD

  The UK economy will grow at a slower pace than any other major advanced or emerging nation this year, according to the OECD. Ahead of the Spring Statement, the think-tank raised its UK growth […]

John Lewis staff bonus cut again as profits fall

Bonuses for 84,000 staff at John Lewis and Waitrose have been cut for the fifth year in a row. Employees will get a 5% bonus, down from 6% last year and the lowest since the […]

Cafe Rouge owner reports £60m loss as restaurants struggle

The owner of High Street food chains Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia has posted a sharp increase in losses, as the UK restaurant sector comes under pressure. Casual Dining Group said losses to May 2017 […]

GKN faces new £8.1bn Melrose bid in takeover battle

Turnaround specialist Melrose has increased its offer for UK engineering giant GKN from £7.4bn to £8.1bn. GKN makes parts for Boeing 737 jets and Black Hawk helicopters, as well as parts for Volkswagen and Ford […]

UK to seek exemption from US steel tariffs

The UK will seek an exemption from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the US, according to Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Mr Fox says he will travel to Washington next week […]

China dominates self-made woman rich list

China has once again dominated a list of global self-made woman billionaires. The top four women in the report by publisher Hurun – and five of the top 10 – come from the Asian superpower.  […]

Growth ‘more important than Brexit’

Brexit should not overshadow plans to boost growth, a business lobby group conference will be told on Thursday. The biggest challenges facing businesses in the UK are to do with “fundamentals” rather than Brexit, the […]

The UK’s export economy is at its strongest point since 2000

UK exports are at their strongest position since 2000 despite threats posed by Brexit, a report by Heathrow Airport and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found. Heathrow’s export climate index tracks […]

New Look rescue deal puts 980 jobs at risk

British fashion retailer New Look plans to close 60 stores as part of a rescue deal to help it avoid going into administration. About 980 staff face redundancy – from a 15,300-strong UK workforce – […]

Smart device security guidelines ‘need more teeth’

The UK government has announced guidelines to make internet-connected devices safer to use following a spate of security breaches. It includes moves to make sure passwords are unique and not resettable to a factory default […]

Trump trade row: EU adds to US trade retaliation list

The EU has condemned US plans for tough tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, saying they jeopardise European jobs. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom set out plans to retaliate against the proposed US tariffs. These include […]

Elon Musk targeted in crypto-cash scam

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is the latest high-profile personality to be targeted in an emerging crypto-currency scam. The scammers pose as celebrities on Twitter and claim to be giving away crypto-cash such as Bitcoin or Ether […]