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.
I made the point that the council is genuinely keen to promote a vibrant Brentford, with industry, retail and housing all developing and improving and that I personally am pretty passionate about that. But it struck me that not a single business has come to me seeking help with a problem.
Well, I’m open for business with business – my contact details are easy to find and I’ll be delighted to help Brentford businesses with council (or other) matters if I can. Call or email me for a meeting and I’ll certainly see you as soon as we can arrange something.
We’d be delighted to see business people as well as any residents with more personal issues at our regular surgeries. Which reminds me that our January surgeries, normally on the first Saturday, will be postponed to 9th of January because we don’t think 2nd January will be a great day for sensible discussion!