Hillingdon Business Expo: A local invitation to global innovation

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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.

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 Harefield civil engineer Clancy Docwra, West Drayton’s John Guest, supplier of plumbing systems, and magazine distributor Comag.

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.

With that in mind, Brunel University London and partners including the Ofsted ‘excellent’- rated Uxbridge College, Segro, PWC and Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce have joined forces for the second annual Hillingdon Business Expo, to take place in May, right here on campus.

On 26 May 2016, 70 exhibitors will be complemented by hundreds of visitors from local and regional companies and members of the public.

Starting with a Business Breakfast, the day will pack in symposiums, workshops, networking and presentations, showcasing the best of Hillingdon business and providing visitors with a host of ideas, advice and contacts.

Hillingdon Business Expo will be a celebration of all that is good about Hillingdon business, and a chance to see for yourself what is going on in this vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial part of the world.

We would like you to be a part of Hillingdon Business Expo 2016: to register an interest or for more information, please send an email to expo@brunel.ac.uk.

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