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Quick Survey on Electric Vehicles

As part of work to improve air quality in the area, with support from the Mayors Air Quality Fund, the council is looking to support businesses to adopt Electric Vehicles (EVs). The main focus of this is in providing charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs. As such we are doing a survey of businesses in target areas to understand the potential to adopt EVs and where additional recharging infrastructure could support this. Answering this survey will help us identify the needs of local businesses and advise local authorities and stakeholders. We appreciate your participation and feedback. All answers provided in the survey will be kept confidential under all circumstances.

The survey is online and can be accessed at

We would be grateful if you could aim to complete the survey by Friday 3 July.

Hounslow slashes business rates for living wage employers

London Borough of HounslowFirms in Hounslow Borough will have their business rates cut if they pay the London living wage, following a decision by Hounslow Council. 

Businesses will be able to apply for up to a £5,000 discount on their rates from 1st April 2015.

Cllr Theo Dennison, cabinet member for finance and citizen engagement, said: “London is a world class city but it’s also massively expensive, which leaves many people in the capital struggling to make ends meet. It’s why it’s so important that firms pay the London Living Wage, and why we are giving a helping hand to those who do.”

The proposal is to offer a one-off discount equivalent to the cost of five years of accreditation to companies who become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2018. This will be a one-off credit to their National Non-Domestic Rates account.  

The London living wage has been set at £9.15 an hour for this year.

Mary Macleod MP Celebrates local women in business

On 5th March, Parliament held a debate in support of International Women's Day on March 8th. During this Mary Macleod MP mentioned many local women in business:

In my west London constituency, in Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth and Hounslow, one of the most well-known female entrepreneurs is Cath Kidston, who opened her first shop in 1993 and now has 59 stores in the UK and 54 across Spain, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. She started making wash bags and aprons because she had over-ordered fabric.

Another entrepreneur from Hounslow is Shavata Singh, who is now famous for doing the eyebrows of the stars. Almost every department store now has a Shavata concession doing eyebrows—if you ever need them done, Mr Deputy Speaker. She has now established her flagship store in Knightsbridge and is doing amazing work. Angela Lyons-Redman, of My Plumber, is based in Brentford and Chiswick. She left her job as a solicitor because she thought she could offer a better, faster service in the plumbing world—initially working from her bedroom, with a plumber on a motorbike—and now employs 38 people and several apprentices. She is doing a great job with that company.

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Consultation on Improvements to Ealing Road and A4 Junction

TfL is planning to modernise the traffic signal equipment at the junction of the A4 Great West Road with Ealing Road. The existing equipment which manages the operation of the junction is approaching the end of its operational life, and is in need of upgrading.

The current method of control has traffic circulating the roundabout receiving a green signal at the same time as Ealing Road, which means that traffic from Ealing Road is in direct conflict with traffic on the roundabout. To meet the current design and safety guidance this cannot continue so a new method of control will be introduced to separate the north and south flow to avoid conflicting movements.  However, traffic modelling exercises showed that implementing an additional signal phase to allow north and south traffic to flow separately would create a build up of traffic at the junction.

A4 ealing Road junction

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Meet Cultivate London

octinkIn the third of a series looking at quirky Brentford businesses in partnership with, we interview Adrienne Attorp of Cultivate London.

Who are you?

Cultivate London – a social enterprise urban farm and youth training programme based across multiple derelict sites in west London, including two sites in Brentford. We work with long-term unemployed youth aged 16 – 24 years old to help them gain employment, offering a volunteer training programme as well as paid internship and apprenticeship programmes.  Working with these youth we grow a range of organically produced vegetables, herbs and flowers which we sell to customers across London, including at Brentford Market.

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