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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 resumed.
In the meantime thought you would like to see some pictures of our summer celebration on 15th August when we celebrated the Chamber’s 110th birthday.
Many thanks to the sponsors: Enjoy-work, Back Heathrow, Pernod Ricard and Oasis Accountants, directors and to all of you who were with us for a fun occasion.

Following negotiations between Hounslow Council and the Northumberland Estate, agreement has been reached to extend the Park Road allotment holders leases by six-months until September 2020.

The Council is committed to working with Syon Park Estate Management to prepare plans for the sustainable management of the Estate, and to design a scheme that meets its objectives whilst continuing to serve the community.

This positive agreement will allow all the parties more time to continue discussions to find acceptable ways forward.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“I’m pleased that we have been able to work together to allow the allotment holders to stay on site for a further six months.  I’m hopeful that our continuing dialogue will deliver a solution that is acceptable to all.”

Colin Barnes from the Northumberland Estate, said:

“We are confident that we will agree a way forward which delivers a good solution for all parties and allowing more time to achieve that makes sense. Both ourselves and the Council want a sustainable future for Syon Park that preserves its heritage and benefits local people and we will work positively to make that happen.”

Article from London Borough of Hounslow.

Passengers who shop at duty free outlets in airports can spend 150% more than online for the same products.

According to a new study by comparison site finder.com, on average duty free product are 17% more expensive compared to online retailers for the same products.

m chief executive Jon Ostler said, “Our research found that the average price for an item bought in duty free was 17% more than the cheapest available figures online, which included at least three products that were more than double that of the online price.

“However, it is worth noting that duty free can offer exclusives and products that aren’t readily available elsewhere so the best thing to do is to research before you buy.

“Smartphones have made this easier than ever and a quick check before you hand over the cash could stop you overspending by as much as £31 for bigger ticket items like Ray-Ban sunglasses.”

Full article here.

Samsung has announced a giant 146in (396cm) TV called The Wall at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

The TV features a micro-LED display, which is pitched as a superior alternative to OLED because it offers both deep blacks and bright highlights. However, one analyst said they would likely be very expensive to manufacture. Samsung also says its modular technology will allow for TVs of customised sizes to be ordered. This is because the display is actually composed of many smaller modules that can be arranged to form unusual dimensions – one example that was squat and super-wide was briefly shown at the presentation.
‘Millions’ of LEDs. The micro-LED display, thanks to its self-emitting LEDs, should allow for a bright picture without the need for a backlight.

Backlights normally make it hard to produce deep blacks on screen because their illumination spills beyond the pixels they are targeted at. Sony tried to produce TVs made from the same basic technology back in 2012 but they proved too expensive to make en masse. Samsung’s decision to bet on micro-LED puts it in direct competition with rivals that have opted to go with OLED displays. Micro-LED screens are difficult to manufacture because the LEDs need to be individually placed onto a layer by machines, explained analyst Paul Gray at IHS Technology. He said:

You have millions for a single display. But maybe Samsung has made some breakthroughs on multiple placement at once.

Mr Gray added that, although Samsung was pitching the technology as a “consumer” product, it would likely only appear in very expensive devices. Samsung has not yet revealed details on pricing itself. Other options for giant TV displays have been shown off at CES this year. Hisense unveiled a 150in 4K TV projector system that can beam a picture onto its owner’s wall. The firm did not announce a price for the product, though a 100in version costs $10,000 (£7,300). And there were TVs with improved brains, too. Samsung promised that its next generation of smart TVs would be more intelligent than ever before, thanks to the inclusion of the firm’s voice-activated assistant Bixby.

Users can even ask Bixby to display the inside of their fridge on screen – if they have a compatible Samsung smart fridge with internal camera. AI assistants have cropped up several smart TV’s at CES this year, including Philips’ 7703 Series 24in Android TV, which comes perched on a Bluetooth speaker and is designed for kitchen worktops.

MUSICA E ROSSI TOSCANI with Charlotte Broker

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Time: 7-9 pm, Wednesday 25th May, 2016 
Ticket: £49 per head. Dinner will be served during the concert
Address: Villa di Geggiano, 66-68 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 1SY

Please join an intimate musical evening with Charlotte Broker, accompanied by Henry Chandler on our Steinway piano. Charlotte is a young Soprano who trained at Cambridge University whilst completing her History of Art degree. Charlotte is a graduate of Clare College and a Coral Scholar in the Emmanuelle College Chapel Choir. As a soloist she has performed in Cambridge and London.

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If you want to join, please RSVP, as space if limited. Contact 020 3843 9442 or email chloe@villadigeggiano.co.uk.

The first Labour hustings of the mayoral campaign was dominated by a row over Heathrow expansion as Sadiq Khan was accused of political opportunism for switching his position. The Tooting MP, regarded as one of the frontrunners, was criticised by rivals for rejecting a third runway after years of backing the proposal.  He revealed his opposition in yesterday’s Standard, saying that London’s hub airport should be made “better not bigger” and that he favoured a second runway at Gatwick instead.

Mr Khan came under fire from Labour rivals who he had branded “ultra-Blairites” for backing the extra runway pushed a decade ago by former PM Tony Blair. Tottenham MP David Lammy warned him not to

play the same Ed Miliband politics that got us nowhere at the general election.

He told the Centre for London event:

Sadiq was for Heathrow expansion in 2008, he was for it when he was transport minister in 2009. Zac Goldsmith has announced he is running and suddenly he’s against it.

Tory MP Mr Goldsmith, a critic of Heathrow expansion, is seen as Labour’s most dangerous opponent in the City Hall election next year.

Before the hustings, Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas, who supports a third runway, accused Mr Khan of risking jobs for Londoners.

He warned that the capital could miss out on trade of £50 billion because of airport congestion.

If London is to compete, we need this runway. It might not suit some people’s mayoral campaigns but it is in the interests of Londoners,

he said. Unite and the GMB, two of Mr Khan’s biggest union backers, both support Heathrow expansion.

Lloyds Banking Group has been fined a record £117m for mis-handling payment protection insurance (PPI) complaints.

It is the latest fine imposed on the bank and comes just two months after Clydesdale Bank was fined £20.7m for similar failings.

Last year, Lloyds was fined £218m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and US regulators for its part in the rigging of international banking lending rates.

The latest fine relates to the way in which Lloyds advised its own complaint handlers to deal with customer demands for PPI refunds.

The FCA said the bank dealt with 2.3 million PPI mis-selling complaints between March 2012 and May 2013. Lloyds rejected 37% of those complaints out of hand.

Call centre staff in March 2012 were advised that the bank’s sales processes were compliant with regulations and that they were to deal with complaints on this basis unless otherwise informed. As a result, the FCA said “a significant number of customer complaints were unfairly rejected”.

The mis-handling of complaints first came to light as a result of an undercover investigation by journalists from the Times newspaper, although the FCA was already investigating the bank over perceived failures in PPI complaint handling.

The FCA said the bank had decided to review or automatically uphold approximately 1.2 million PPI complaints. Lloyds has set aside a further £710m to cover any redress due to affected customers. In total the bank has set aside £12.025bn to refund customers for PPI mis-selling. Customers do not need to take any action. Those who are affected and entitled to redress are being contacted directly. The FCA added that it was overseeing the remediation process.

Responding to the fine Mr Horta-Osorio said:

Whilst our intentions were right, we made mistakes in our handling of some PPI complaints. I am very sorry for this.

We have been working hard with the FCA to ensure all customers receive appropriate redress. That process is now substantially complete. We remain fully committed to improving our operational procedures and ensuring we do the right thing for our customers.

Tuesday, 16th September 

 Time: 7.30 pm 

Venue: 

Hounslow Youth Centre, 

Kingsley Road

TW3 1NX

The developers ,who have been tasked to redevelop areas of Hounslow around the Blenhiem Centre and the High Street, Wilson Bowden & Barratts, have agreed to meet with the Neighbourhood Forum Group on ,local residents, businesses and those affected by the changes.

You are invited to come along to this meeting.

They will be bringing along their latest ideas and will give us an advance sight of the plans before it is taken to public consultation later this month.

HOUNSLOW TOWN CENTRE 

Neighbourhood Forum Group

 

Whitbread has seen sales rise in the first half of the year, helped by strong performances at Costa Coffee and hotel chain Premier Inn.

Premier Inn’s like-for-like sales rose 9.2% in the 11 weeks to 14 August, buoyed by special events including The Commonwealth Games and Farnborough Airshow.

At Costa Coffee like-for-like sales jumped 7.3%.

The strong performances drove total sales at owner Whitbread up by 12.8%.

 

 

Whitbread remains on track for another good year,

 

said Whitbread chief executive Andy Harrison.

At Premier Inn, the strong rise in sales meant total occupancy hit an all-time high in the period.

Whitbread said the hotel chain had gained market share, and had opened a further 758 UK rooms so far this year, with 4,500 new rooms planned for the full year.

Whitbread said it had also opened 76 new Costa stores in the UK so far this year, with 300 stores planned worldwide for the full year and 600 Costa express units.

Costa sales worldwide were up 15.3% equating to £602.4m.

Whitbread said the strong trading across the firm meant its “strong financial position” remained unchanged.