The Ealing Business Partnership, which supports Ealing’s economy by advising Ealing Council on the needs of local businesses, has elected Peter Smith as its first Independent Chair.
Smith will advise the council on how its business plans and expenditure proposals may affect local retailers and other businesses.
Peter said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as Independent Chair. I want to raise the profile of the Ealing Business Partnership and engage with business of all shapes and sizes across the borough. I am particularly keen to ensure the needs and aspirations of small, medium enterprises (SMEs) from across the borough are addressed. Along with our main retailers, SMEs are the economic lifeblood of our town centres and high streets, and it’s important we reach out to them.”
Membership of the Ealing Business Partnership is open to all of the borough’s business and the focus of its work is agreed by members. Its current work includes looking at neighbourhood planning and ways to raise occupancy rates for all the borough’s business premises. It will also consider the implications relating to the arrival of Crossrail in Ealing and the hubs of economic activity that will accompany it.
Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell said: “I would like to congratulate Peter Smith on his appointment as Independent Chair. These are exciting times for Ealing with some new retailers already poised to move into the borough. I’m looking forward to working with the Ealing Business Partnership to make our borough a better and more attractive place for many different and diverse types of businesses.”