Making a splash at Riverside Way
Boris Johnson welcomes job opportunities at new hotel, restaurant and industrial unit
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
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