Our impact

West London Business (WLB) has a turnover of c.£370k per annum and a staff team of 6 FTE, supported by a network of associates.  Download our Annual Review 2018-19.

Key recent impact areas, where our role is either lead advocate or to work in close partnership/ support other advocates, are:   

Transport

  • Orbital rail connectivity in Mayor’s new transport strategy.
  • Heathrow 3rd runway backed by Government and Parliament.
  • Supporting Cycle superhighway 9.

Supply Chain

  • Failed power supply to key business cluster brought back on stream with increased resilience.
  • Fast broadband investment by Openreach in Park Royal ‘not spot’.

Sustainability

  • Education – secure funding with partners to launch West London Institute of Technology and Mayors Construction Academy West London Hub.
  • Green energy – enabling access to lowest possible price on green electricity contracts.
  • Greener supply chain – backing £1.6m Better Futures investment in London CleanTech fund for start-ups..

Land Use

  • Industrial – ensuring defence of industrial land is a key policy priority of Mayor.
  • Housing crisis – surfacing & sharing best practice employer support.
  • Planning consent – input to Borough local plan updates and insight for investors on local priorities to navigate the system.

West London Business’ roots go back to 1994.  You can download a full history of WLB published for our 25th anniversary.   Over several decades we have delivered a range of programmes and impacted in numerous areas:

Insight

  • Project managed development of LDA-funded West London Economic Development Strategy (2004-6)
  • Helped to broker redeployment and mentoring services through our membership and partners for Gillette when their Brentford manufacturing site closed in 2006; 380 of the 500 staff were successfully redeployed through these efforts.
  • Created and manage the West London Business Awards (2013-)

Voice

  • Implemented West London Inward Investment Programme with LDA and Think London (2004-2009)
  • Formulated and published policy manifestos for national and local elections, on behalf of the West London business community
  • Actively supported successful efforts to secure Davies Commission backing for Heathrow

Connections

  • Initiated the Golden Mile Group, which became the Golden Mile Transport Group
  • Launched and facilitates the Park Royal Business Group

Enterprise Development

  • Created and led London West Business Consortium
    • Managed 7 local agencies supporting over 600 start-ups and micros
  • Secured ERDF funding (£0.5m) for – and lead partner for – Gateway Asia
    • Assisted over 250 businesses develop their exports

Any queries relating to our Impact can be sent to our CEO by email.