Business leaders invited to have their say on budget

Council to host meeting to gauge thoughts on key decisions

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If you are interested in attending, reserve your free space by writing to Nick Rowe, assistant head of revenues and benefits, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN or emailing

Business leaders from the London borough of Hounslow are being asked for their views ahead of the Council’s budget setting exercise.

A key ethos of the Hounslow Plan (2006-10) - the Council’s four-year vision of development and improvement for this borough - is to be a more “business friendly” authority.

That means listening to those people who shape the economic environment in Hounslow and involving them in consultation before any key decisions are made.

The Council is holding a breakfast meeting on February 7 at Civic Centre to gauge thoughts and feelings about some of the key business decisions being proposed before the 2007/8 budget is set in March.

Cllr Thompson and Stephen Fitzgerald, the Council’s deputy director of finance, will be speaking.

Cllr Peter Thompson, said “We want to build and support a thriving business community, and be regarded as a business-friendly council, therefore it is important that we communicate regularly with business leaders on serious issues, like budget setting. We hope representatives from businesses across the borough will come along to this breakfast meeting and feedback their views on some of the ideas we are proposing.”

Places for the event are limited and will be made on a first come, first served basis. Breakfast will be provided from 8am, with the meeting starting at 8.30am until 9.30am.

January 26, 2007