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The Get Together: celebrating 174 years of Fuller’s

On Tuesday 19 November, Fuller, Smith and Turner, the premium pub and hotel business, is holding The Get Together – an anniversary event held across all its managed pubs. In 1845, the partnership papers of […]

CAPITAL WEST LONDON PUBLISHES CREATIVE MANIFESTO

Capital West London, the groundbreaking inward investment and trade promotion programme commissioned by the West London Alliance, has published a manifesto  for the Creative Industries in West London, aimed at cementing the sub-region’s place as […]

The Magazine TW7 & TW8

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, […]

Garner & Hancock Myth Busting Seminar

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, […]

Feltham and Hounslow Aldi stores will be among first to trial new vegan range

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 […]

Fuller’s acquires Cotswold Inns & Hotels

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 […]

Waitrose and John Lewis to stop putting plastic toys in Christmas crackers

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 […]

Closed garden centre in Hounslow may reopen in 2020

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 […]

Brentford FC sign Levy UK as official catering partner for new stadi

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. […]

Pound gains as Johnson says Brexit deal reached

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 […]

Car financing crackdown ‘to save drivers £165m’

The UK’s financial regulator has announced a crackdown on the car financing industry which it claims will save drivers £165m. The Financial Conduct Authority wants to ban the way that some car dealers and brokers […]

Over 1,000 a Day Predicted To Use New Brentford Rail Line

At least a thousand people are predicted to use a proposed new overground line to Brentford for their morning commute. It is anticipated that it will open in 2026, and when it does, the line […]

Fuller’s to Sponsor UK National Team in Bocuse d’Or Competition

Fuller, Smith and Turner – the premium pub and hotel business – today announces that it is to sponsor the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy, the organisation set up to represent Team UK in the global […]

#AYearOfBuses 281: Hounslow – Tolworth

Today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is the holder of a very special award! London United’s 281 runs from Hounslow, in Outer London, heading due south to Tolworth, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. In […]

Trio hit hat-tricks as Oxford United Women hammer Hounslow

GEORGIA Timms, Lauren Haynes and Emily Allen grabbed hat-tricks as Oxford United Women ran riot against Hounslow. Cheryl Williams and 16-year-old Carly Johns were also on target in an 11-0 thrashing at Court Place Farm. It was […]

The areas of West London that will be connected to Crossrail by new railway line

Hounslow Council has commissioned Network Rail to begin a detailed study, known as GRIP 4, on building the new train link. The proposed West London Orbital (WLO) will on completion constitute 11 miles of routes […]

UK set to avoid recession despite poor August

The UK’s economy is expected to avoid a recession after showing better-than-expected growth in the three months to the end of August. The 0.3% three-month rise came despite a contraction during August itself. The economy […]

Thomas Cook’s 555 shops to be bought by rival

All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs. The independent travel agent is buying the shops from the Official Receiver, […]

KIA Beauty Salon

KIA Beauty Salon have completed 9 years in style and now have a fantastic New Look. This was in line with Asda’s New Look launch. Mrs. Abhnash Bains, the Director and Owner of KIA Beauty […]

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters provides useful, free resources to encourage adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover free, simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. They would […]

Hong Kong drops £32bn bid for London Stock Exchange

Hong Kong’s stock exchange has dropped its multibillion-dollar bid for the prized London Stock Exchange (LSE). The bid was worth £32bn ($40bn) and was dependent on the axing of the London exchange’s planned purchase of […]

Thomas Cook refund form launched online

Thomas Cook customers who had booked holidays with the collapsed travel firm can now claim for a refund online. About 800,000 people had been due to take trips with the firm in the coming months, […]

Unilever to cut plastic use to appeal to Gen Z

Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf and PG Tips, says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers. The firm is responsible for […]

BP names new boss as Bob Dudley steps down

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley is stepping down next year after running the oil company during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. Mr Dudley – who has spent 40 years with BP […]

Airivo Offices Acquires New Business Centre In Chislehurst, Greater London

Airivo, flexible office space provider, are delighted to announce the acquisition of Chislehurst Business Centre in Kent. The 15,000 ft² Grade II listed building, can deliver flexible office accommodation for up to 35 SME’s and […]

Ex-Tory MP Rory Stewart stands down to run for London mayor

Former Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart is quitting as an MP to run for London mayor as an independent candidate. He will stand in next year’s election against current Labour mayor Sadiq Khan and Tory […]

Metro Bank chairman Vernon Hill to step down

Metro Bank has announced that its controversial chairman and co-founder Vernon Hill will leave the embattled lender by the end of the year. The bank said in July that Mr Hill would be stepping down […]

Tesco boss Dave Lewis in shock departure

Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis is to leave next year after leading a turnaround plan for Britain’s biggest supermarket chain. In move that surprised analysts, Mr Lewis – who took the helm in 2011 – […]

John Lewis axes third of top jobs in restructuring

A third of senior management jobs will be axed at the John Lewis Partnership as the company streamlines its structure from February next year. The partnership is merging the managements of its High Street department […]

Sainsbury’s to close 60 Argos stores as profit set to dip

Sainsbury’s will close 60-70 Argos stores as it adds more of the catalogue shop’s outlets to its own stores.The company will open about 80 Argos concessions in its supermarkets, it said in a trading update. The […]

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 […]