Chamber of Commerce to mark 100 years
Tue 12 March 2019, 3:06 pm
Hounslow’s Chamber of Commerce is 110 years old in 2019 and the borough with London’s second largest economy after The City of London has marked a number of achievements.
Last October (2018), the chamber welcomed an inbound Chinese trade mission from a province with 100 million people and a GDP of $600 billion.
Strong overseas relationships have helped Hounslow’s Chamber of Commerce win the ‘Support for Exporting’ category at the Enterprising Britain Awards ceremony.
Alan Rides, director of international trade, said: “It’s very rare that a local Chamber of Commerce has inbound trade missions visiting them from overseas. But they are coming here to visit Hounslow, and why are they visiting Hounslow? Well, London as a city, is the largest business centre in the whole of the UK.
“The GDP of London is roughly £500 billion, with the biggest centre of the GDP being in the City of London. So where’s the next biggest place for London? You guessed it, Hounslow.
"And here’s the secret that nobody talks about, Hounslow has the regional, and in many cases European headquarters, for companies such as Cisco Systems, SKY, Dell, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Walt Disney, Air France and Singapore Airlines.
"We’ve got these huge companies in the borough, and not many have a chamber that is about to turn 110 years old, has just won a government award and is still growing."