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Brentford Chamber celebrates its 2014 AGM

Once again we had a fabulous AGM in the Hock Cellar at Fuller’s, sampling their new world beers like Chimay and Sierra Nevada, as well as Fuller’s own brews. Thanks go to the Griffin for once again providing a splendid buffet. We were welcomed by the newly arrived Operations Director, Steve Wilkinson and in turn welcomed Alessandro Marchesini, President of Rotary Club of Chiswick and Brentford, with whom we are continuing to rebuild our relationship.

Financially we made a small surplus for the year and added 7 new members.

The current executive were all re-elected into the same positions, as was the auditor and solictiors.

Those present voted that London Borough of Hounslow become an honorary member, in recognition of the closer relationship that exists between Brentford Chamber and the Council.

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Achievements of 2013-2014

Brentford is growing fast, with plans for the regeneration of areas to the west and east of the town, as well as to the High Street already well advanced. On a larger scale plans for changes to the Golden Mile and to public transport links will have an enormous effect on Brentford. The potential for businesses of all kinds and sizes is very exciting and Brentford Chamber of Commerce is at the heart of everything that is happening in the town.

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Brentford Chamber hold Meeting with Ballymore

The Residents' Clubroom at Brentford Dock was the site of fierce discussion about the future of the High Street.

Some 60 people, formed of Brentford Chamber members and other local businesses, local residents turned up to meet Joe Swindells, Ballymore's recently appointed Senior Development Manager.

The last time we heard from Ballymore was in November 2013 when they announced they had further modelling to do for TfL and that the application would have to be on hold for six months. 

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Mentoring Scheme for Students

As an extension to our successful Brentford Dragons events we have introduced a Mentoring Scheme for students in the Entrepreneurs’ Group at the University of West London.

Mentoring involves giving help and guidance to budding entrepreneurs as they develop their business ideas.

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Local Election Hustings

Tuesday's hustings was an opportunity to question candidates up for election to London Borough of Hounslow on the 22nd May. The candidates don't have to be finalised until next week and some candidates were clearly last minute additions who hadn't done much homework.

Ian Speed (ICG) and Cllr Theo Dennison (Labour) exchanged a few harsh words about the current and previous administration but were the clear winners, speaking clearly, confidently and with knowledge.

Cllr Mel Collins (Labour) was genuinely upset after 4 years of service by the questioner who asked "Why should I vote for any of you when you've done nothing to impress me?" especially when he realised that he had personally successfully helped the gentleman in question.

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