Purpose & Impact

Successful & inclusive environment for responsible business

Our approach

Business-led + Inspiring + Action-oriented + Collaborative

Our members work together through WLB to maintain our global economic competitiveness and catalyse action for people and planet. West London Business (WLB) has a turnover of £1m per annum and a staff team of c.10 FTE, supported by a network of associates.  WLB’s impact goes all the way back to 1994.  Download a full history of WLB published for our 25th anniversary  

Key impact areas

  • Orbital rail connectivity in Mayor’s transport strategy
  • Heathrow 3rd runway backed by Government and Parliament
  • Supporting the expansion of Cycleways, including route 9 
  • Failed power supply to key business cluster brought back on stream with increased resilience
  • Fast broadband investment by Openreach and ITS ensured Park Royal no longer the capital’s largest ‘not spot’
  • Education – secure funding with partners to launch West London Institute of Technology and multiple Mayor’s Skills Academies
  • Greener supply chain – backing £1.6m Better Futures investment in London CleanTech fund for start-ups
  • Greener SMEs – delivering the Mayor of London’s Better Futures+ programme to support 500+ SMEs plan their transition to net zero
  • London West Innovation Network – launched and delivered Ealing Pioneers Fund (£1m innovation grants) and Hillingdon Enterprise Fund (£2m innovation grants)
  • Screen sector – as a key partner in the Great West Creatives Enterprise Zone (CEZ) we have championed the screen/ film sector in London Borough of Hounslow and across the West London sub-region.   The programme impacts: Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Space
  • Industrial – ensuring defense of industrial land is a key policy priority of Mayor
  • Housing crisis – surfacing & sharing best practice employer support, including launch of Beneficial Loans Toolkit
  • Planning consent – input to Borough local plan updates and insight for investors on local priorities to navigate the system