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WHY HILLINGDON IS A GREAT PLACE FOR BUSINESS?
While it might not be considered the most central business hub in London, you would be surprised to find out exactly how much Hillingdon has to offer in terms of business. Hillingdon is home to the headquarters and history of a number of global corporations, as well as the birthplace of some of the most successful businesses in the country.
As the second largest Borough in London by area, Hillingdon certainly has plenty of room for companies to find a place to thrive and grow, aided by some of the best transport links in the Capital.
Uxbridge is home to internationally renowned brands, including:
- Tata Global Beverages and General Mills, owners of Tetley Tea Folk and Jolly Green Giant;
- Coca Cola Enterprises, whose European headquarters are based in Uxbridge;
- Mondelez International, owner of Cadbury’s, a tenant of the 92,000 sq ft Uxbridge Business Park;
- Xerox UK, based across the River Colne;
- NetApp, a cloud storage solution company;
- Compass UK and Italian coffee giant Lavazza’s UK bases are also in the region;
- Award-winning film and TV provider Arri GB, which has been associated with critically acclaimed titles like Gravity and Game of Thrones, in Highbridge Business Park;
- BBC Digital Media Services in South Ruislip and even Playboy TV bring a touch of showbiz;
- In the ‘very now’ world of drones, Sky Futures of Hayes is using UAVs in the field of oil and gas facility inspection.
A CENTRE OF HUMAN INDUSTRY
With evidence suggesting that the area has been a hub of industrial activity and innovation since the paleolithic period, it’s no wonder that Hillingdon remains home to a thriving business community. Stockley Park, located just North of Heathrow Airport, has shown historical evidence of stone working and flint knapping after developers moved in to what used to be one of London’s biggest landfill sites. Nowadays, the area is home to cutting-edge innovation, with the likes of Apple UK, Canon Europe Ltd, IBM UK, Hasbro and Activision Blizzard basing offices in the business park. Complementing the household names are the likes of Harefield civil engineer Clancy Docwra, West Drayton’s John Guest, supplier of plumbing systems, and magazine distributor Comag.
LOCAL SUPPORT FOR GLOBAL INNOVATION
While large scale corporations benefit from Hillingdon’s sprawling cutting edge business parks and institutes, SMEs and start-ups can also find a home among a tight-knit community of innovators and entrepreneurs, supported by thriving Chambers of Commerce, that protect and promote the interests of their members, backed by the regional chamber, West London Business and supported by Hillingdon Council.
This coalition of local organisations has been actively regenerating the Borough’s high streets through an assisted shopfront rejuvenation scheme and streetscape refurbishment. Through this, smaller traders can feel reassured that Hillingdon is a place where the conditions for successful business are nurtured.
NURTURING A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPENEURS
Brunel University London – whose business school was named Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year for 2013 – is incubating start-ups on its campus in Uxbridge and working with its partners to ensure no great business idea goes unexplored.
In collaboration with Development Securities, owner of the former EMI works in Hayes (now reborn as The Old Vinyl Factory), Brunel supported the creation of the Central Research Laboratory, a hot house for innovation, technology and design-led manufacturing, backed by a £7.7m grant from the Mayor of London’s Growing places fund.
Compass UK is also one of Uxbridge College’s Employer Champions. The College provides the business community with a pipeline of future talent as well as supporting the changing skills needs of the current workforce. The Hayes Business Studios are located at the Hayes Campus, providing office space and support services for small business.