Mak­ing a splash at River­side Way

Boris John­son wel­comes job op­por­tu­ni­ties at new ho­tel, restau­rant and in­dus­trial unit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LON­DON Mayor Boris John­son launched the River­side Way in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, ho­tel and restau­rant Uxbridge, wel­com­ing the job op­por­tu­ni­ties they will bring.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP vis­ited the town on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29 af­ter be­ing in­vited by prop­erty de­vel­oper SE­GRO, Premier Inn and Beefeater to of­fi­cially open the new site at 500 River­side Way. In­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy firm Stel­jes has leased the in­dus­trial part of the area.

The com­pany will use the unit for stor­age, dis­tri­bu­tion, sales and ser­vic­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment, off St Johns Road near the River Colne, in­cludes a Premier Inn Ho­tel and a Beefeater Grill restau­rant, built for Whit­bread.

The land once housed the Bell Punch bus ticket ma­chine com­pany.

Mr John­son said: “I am very

in much aware of the work of Hilling­don Coun­cil in at­tract­ing qual­ity busi­nesses to the lo­cal area with job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple.

“I have seen first-hand at Uxbridge Col­lege how work­ing with de­vel­op­ers, like SE­GRO, on lo­cal projects is help­ing with skills train­ing and I am de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to meet with all the part­ners in­volved in this ini­tia­tive.”

SE­GRO has worked with Hilling­don Bor­ough Coun­cil and Uxbridge Col­lege to cre­ate an em­ploy­ment and skills pro­gramme that has helped lo­cal res­i­dents into work.

Andy Gul­li­ford, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at SE­GRO, said: “River­side Way is a great ex­am­ple of how work­ing to­gether with our part­ners can de­liver for busi­ness and com­mu­nity.

“As well as de­vel­op­ing and leas­ing mod­ern sus­tain­able build­ings that at­tract in­ward in­vest­ment to the bor­ough, we are proud to have played a part in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple.

“Our strat­egy is to con­tinue to pro­vide high qual­ity space for in­dus­trial oc­cu­piers in Hilling­don and through­out Lon­don to en­able busi­nesses to thrive and we look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing our part­ner­ships fur­ther.”

The em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tive was formed be­tween SE­GRO, Whit­bread, Hilling­don Bor­ough Coun­cil, Uxbridge Col­lege and Job Cen­tre Plus with the aim to pro­vide train­ing for un­em­ployed peo­ple in cater­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and cus­tomer ser­vices to pro­vide a sus­tain­able work­force for the ho­tel and restau­rant op­er­a­tor.

Paul Flaum, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Whit­bread Ho­tels and Restau­rants, said: “We’re hugely ex­cited to be bring­ing both a Premier Inn ho­tel and a

River­side Way

is a great ex­am­ple of how work­ing to­gether can de­liver for busi­ness

and the com­mu­nity”

Beefeater to Uxbridge, giv­ing guests the fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a great night’s sleep as well as the fan­tas­tic steak.

“Across both Premier Inn and Beefeater we’ve re­cruited 68 new pas­sion­ate and knowl­edge­able team mem­bers. It’s great to wel­come our lo­cal MP Boris John­son along to wit­ness some of our team in ac­tion and to see first-hand the com­mit­ment we have to job gen­er­a­tion in this area across both brands.”

Ap­pren­tice­ships and work ex­pe­ri­ence were of­fered dur­ing the build­ing of River­side Way and the con­struc­tion teams spent time with stu­dents at Hay­don, Barn Hill and Bishop Ram­sey Schools and Uxbridge Col­lege.

n WEL­COME AR­RIVAL: Neil Impiazzi, SE­GRO’s part­ner­ships de­vel­op­ment man­ager; Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil; Hilling­don MP Boris John­son; Alan Hol­land, SE­GRO’s busi­ness unit di­rec­tor for Greater Lon­don; and Andy Gul­li­ford, SE­GRO’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer

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