Peacock will chair WLB

The new chair of West London Business will be Sir Eric Peacock.

Sir Eric, who took Babygro to the stock exchange, will take over from John Izett, who left Jones Lang LaSalle recently.

Sir Eric is a “serial entrepreneur”. He took his own business Babygro Plc to a full stock exchange listing, and is now Chairman of a number of companies including Baydonhill FX, a financial services business which he took to AIM listing; Stage Technologies, a London based company with subsidiaries in USA, Italy, China and Macau; Stevenage Packaging Ltd.; Winmark, a Blue Chip networking organisationand Halo Furniture Manufacturing with subsidiaries in Hong Kong, China and USA.

He is also on the boards of the Department for Business and Skills (BIS) and a non-executive Director of United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI); Chairman of two Peer Group Learning Networks –The Academy for Chief Executives and Elite Recruitment — and President of the Institute of Sales and Marketing. Sir Eric is also founder of two charities focussed on helping under privileged children – The Peacock Foundation and Uniqueness.

Sir Eric commented: “I am delighted to take over the helm at West London Business, which has a very strong track record in encouraging dialogue between businesses, promoting business growth and effectively working with the public sector. These are difficult times, but we see many opportunities for WLB and the private sector and I look forward to working with the impressive Board of Directors.”

Frank Wingate, Chief Executive of West London Business added: “Sir Eric brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, influential contacts and innovative ideas to WLB. We aim to move forward in new directions with his support and guidance.”

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