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Membership Fees for 2016-2017

Organisations employing

1-10 inclusive
11-30 inclusive
31-50 inclusive
51-100 inclusive
101 or more

Plus:
One-off joining fee (payable first year only)

 

£  90
£150
£235
£300
£500


£  30

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Great West Corridor Issues Consultation

GWC Issues Following the adoption of the Local Plan last year, Hounslow Council have to review that part dealing with the Great West Road. Brentford Chamber responded to the Issues Consultation which asked about wide issues such as the extent of the area involved in this review (currently including all of Brentford) and areas for employment. Please see BrentfordTW8.com's introduction to the consultation.

Although the deadline has passed we would still encourage members to respond to this consultation and put our own below. Do please feed back your thoughts. Our response should be read in conjunction with The Issues Consultation (pdf).

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Nick Describes the Benefits of Joining Brentford Chamber

Nick Kilby, teapigsNick Kilby, director of teapigs, moved his business and then his home to Brentford, joining Brentford Chamber and then its executive. He describes what membership has done for him:

teapigs has been a member of BCC for 18 months and in that time we’ve enjoyed many business benefits, met lots of lovely people and feel a much greater part of the Brentford community, both business and personal.

Our teas are served and sold in a number of local businesses mostly fellow members of BCC.

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Cllr Guy Lambert is Here to Help Businesses

Councillor Guy Lambert, who is a Brentford Chamber member representing Thames Bank Credit Union writes a weekly diary for BrentfordTW8 on his council activities. Last week's refers to his meeting with us:

In the evening, up to the Novotel to meet with Brentford Chamber of Commerce. The main discussion was about revival of the Brentford Dragons events which have provided a stimulus to young entrepreneurs over the last year or three, and the role a few of us have volunteered to take on as business mentors. We went on to talk about the strains local businesses are feeling and the great work being led by the Chamber and its president Suzie Betlem to alleviate them by working together and trying to buy goods and services locally, and of the role the council could play to support – and the fact that the council is often seen by business as the opposite of supportive.

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UWL teams pitch winning business ideas to Brentford Dragons

After months of applications, selections, heats and presentations, the Grand Finale of Brentford Dragons took place on Wednesday 22 April. Four teams made it through to the final, all of them UWL students. The Brentford Dragons, all members of the Brentford Chamber of Commerce, challenge competitors to come up with a business idea or invention to help encourage entrepreneurship.

After a chance to look at the stands created by the four teams in the final, the guests enjoyed a presentation from each group. The finalists’ companies were Lokitech, a remote-controlled lock; Smart Desk, an elegant desk with technology built in; Unitouch, a social media site just for students; and Protein Punch, home-baked high-protein goods for athletes and gym users.

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Visit from the Mayor of London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, paid a visit to Brentford on Wednesday.  He had been invited to Brentford by Mary Macleod and met with local people and businesses, including Brentford Chamber of Commerce President Suzie Betlem.   
 
At at time of major change and upheaval within Brentford, Suzie had a brief discussion with Boris, during which they discussed the various issues currently faced by Brentford businesses and residents alike.  She explained that many believed that Hounslow Council and TfL had failed to comprehend the enormity of the transportation limitations and that the road infrastructure was already at breaking point - this was backed up by many attendees with people saying that it had taken 45 minutes to travel from Kew Bridge to Brentford.  Indeed the Mayor himself was delayed.  

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