Smaller companies are a critical driver behind West London’s economy and employ hundreds of thousands of local people. West London Business supports our members gain new insights and build their local network. Alongside this we help start-ups find their way to support and ensure those with the potential to grow fast get bespoke support. Our connections with the education system can help you recruit the next generation of talent; and the West London Business Awards are an annual opportunity to celebrate your achievements.
West London Business’ insights capability is unique. For businesses ready to “go green” we can provide support, energy reduction advice and access to grants, through our new Green Business Action programme – part of the Government’s UKSDF funded Better Futures initiative.
Many business leaders join West London Business for our events programme. Our members can also benefit from WLB’s LinkedIn network and support in using Business Rates intelligence to identify local partners. Those with an interest in London’s largest industrial estate affiliate with the Park Royal Business Group, which is hosted by WLB.
These remain vital tools to develop a strong professional network with other leaders that share a passion for West London.
Start-up founders can access some free signposting to resources including the Cobra Business Intelligence Database. For those seeking an extra boost, join West London Business to access our extended database of Business Support & Advice Resources .
The London West Innovation Network (LWIN) and West London Export Club (WLEC) are there to support businesses leaders’ ambition to accelerate the growth of their firms.
LWIN provides targeted support to fast growth, high value potential firms; and the WLEC, delivered in partnership with Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, assists with access to new global markets.
All firms rely on a strong talent base to survive and thrive.
The West London Apprenticeships Hub is a good place to start in understanding how you could introduce apprentices to your firm.
Get in touch with Spark! or West London Careers Hub if you would like to work with schools and colleges to inspire the next generation. And note – a remarkable number of employers recruit from work experience programmes providing a direct return on the time invested.
For a decade the West London Business Awards has celebrated excellence in the sub-region. Almost thirty awards categories recognise a broad range of business performance areas, as well as individuals. The gala dinner, in recent years at Twickenham Stadium in February, is a highlight of the local business community calendar.
Several WLB Awards winners, such as JGA Group and Wrapology, have subsequently gone on to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
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