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Boost with Beijing bonds

by James Renoux-Wood Thu 19 December 2013, 5:10 pm

Government officials from China visited the London Borough of Hounslow this week to find out about opportunities for investment.

The delegation from the Chaoyang District of Beijing were given a tour of Chiswick Park and Brentford’s ‘Golden Mile’, locations of bases for multi-nationals such as GlaxoSmithKline, as well as media companies BSkyB, the Discovery Channel and Paramount Pictures.

The visit was prompted by a report indicating the benefits of Hounslow as a place for investment, which include the borough’s many business links and the importance of Heathrow Airport for generating thousands of jobs.

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Jagdish Sharma – who welcomed the delegation from Chaoyang in Mandarin at a civic reception – said: “Hounslow is home to some of the world’s biggest brands, including IBM and GlaxoSmithKline as well as oil and gas companies like Tullow Oil and Aker Solutions. 

“We are proud of our international connections and thrilled to have hosted the delegation from Chaoyang and I look forward to establishing stronger bonds with our Chinese friends.”

The visit was arranged to strengthen Hounslow’s international profile.

A spokesman for Sino-UK Link, which organised the visit, said: “Chaoyang District in Beijing is one of the fastest growing districts in the Beijing Metropolitan area and it houses both the Central Business District and the airport is an enclave of the district.

“The municipality, as well as the Chinese national government, spends almost a half million USD per day on developing this district – and like Hounslow – they have a international outlook, so it was only natural to make the link between Hounslow and Chaoyang – which we hope will become unbreakable.”

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