West London’s boroughs are uniting to help their local businesses grow and trade abroad.
Through the Capital West London programme, the West London Alliance local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow and Hounslow are working collaboratively to provide support and assistance for companies looking to expand internationally.
Recent research commissioned by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has found that businesses in the capital are no longer feeling negative about their future prospects for the first time since the referendum in 2016. However, the LCCI warned that London businesses needed more support to build international trade links and capitalise on that upsurge in confidence.
Chief Executive of LCCI, Colin Stanbridge said: “Despite an improvement in many of these figures much still needs to be done to ensure London businesses continue to prosper, now and in the future. To boost the outlook and confidence of the business community, the Government must urgently boost investment in export support to enable firms to benefit from opportunities to increase trade around the world.”
Fortunately for companies in West London, the boroughs are already taking action.
Capital West London was launched earlier this year to guarantee sustainable economic growth across the sub-region. A key part of the programme’s work will be supporting and offering advice to local companies keen to expand overseas.
An international trade seminar will be organised for early next year, while there are plans in place to organise trade missions and advice clinics for businesses keen to promote themselves on an international stage.