London is a busy place. Businesses who want to be at the heart of the action, with their finger on the pulse of trends in every sector from finance to fashion, are based here. Companies that start out further afield often move entirely, or at least set up another office in London. It’s a fantastic place to do business.
Extend your reach
When you’re thinking about setting up a space to run your company, a city usually makes sense. They’re busy, on-trend and provide great access to culture and the cultured – aka your existing and potential clients. London is home to everything a business needs to succeed. It’s diverse, has a fantastic network for transport and two major airports.
If your business is already based in Europe or you have customers in different parts of the world, it makes sense to have a base in London. You need a great location in the city that allows you to travel to and from London with relative ease, so you can reach your clients as quickly as possible.
West London would certainly provide this with its connections to London Heathrow, a major international airport. West London allows you to extend the reach of your company, but also provides the all important links to travelling without too much fuss.
John Griffin, Managing Director of Vamed, a global company supplying a wide portfolio of services to the healthcare sector (based at Barley Mow), shares why the company chose West London:
“Our parent company is in Austria, so they are more familiar with London than other cities. London and in our case West London afforded proximity to Heathrow and Central London,” – the best of both worlds.
West London - A very good place to start
West London is in many ways one of the best places in the city to base a business. It is incredibly easy to get around thanks to it being serviced by the Piccadilly line (which splits in both northerly and southerly directions), as well as the Central, District and Metropolitan Lines, plus Overground and National rails.
Prominent companies such as The Football Association in Wembley, BSkyB in Isleworth and British Airways PLC in Harmondsworth are all located in West London. But Perhaps most impressive of all, however, is Hammersmith which is home to the head offices of everyone from Disney, Fox TV UK, ESPN, L’Oréal to Betfair and Agilisys.
John adds: “West London is a logical half way point between access to Heathrow and government departments in and around Westminster, so the transport infrastructure was a draw for us, too.”
Within West London and a bit of a hidden gem lies Chiswick — considered one of the prettiest and leafiest suburbs in the capital. A mix of village and city and less than 30 minutes from central London on the tube, the area's broad clean streets and independent shops and cafes give it a somewhat continental feel.
“Personally, I have chosen Richmond to live in,” says John, “but Chiswick has a somewhat attractive bohemian feel and style and is almost still a village on the fringes of London, an appealing compromise.”
With good road connections, links to Heathrow and only a half hour’s journey from the west end, the area is a commuter’s paradise. Chiswick is a hub of creativity and innovation — perfect for a company who wants to base themselves in West London.
Workspace’s Barley Mow Centre (based in Chiswick) is home to a wide variety of feature-laden office and studio spaces for its customers, as well as Club Workspace, Chiswick’s bustling co-working lounge.
For growing businesses in the capital, Barley Mow is a wonderful location for their day-to-day operations. It’s close enough to Central London via Turnham Green and Chiswick Park tube stations (District line) and within reach of London’s motorway network via the M4, offering convenient road access across the south-east and beyond.
Its use as a building for business spans generations of entrepreneurs, who recognised Chiswick and Barley Mow Passage as an opportunity to develop creative industries on the doorstep of Central London.
So, we’ve shown you how West London can grant you some of the best access to the centre of the city, but for those who also seek international travel Heathrow Airport is the jewel in London’s crown, handling over 72 million passengers a year. That figure is expected to double when the third runway and sixth terminal are built between 2025 and 2029.
Having better access to Heathrow airport is beneficial for business for two reasons:
- If you frequently need to fly back to your clients or other business hubs, you can do so with easily.
- Heathrow provides a constant flow of fresh potential clients every day. With new people to meet and network with, you’ll never run out of exciting new business.
As well as the runway and terminal developments, Heathrow is undergoing additional transport improvements including:
- Better connections to Central and East London with a new Crossrail link.
- Bus and Coach interchange at Heathrow will be expanded and linked to 5 different motorway networks.
- Better access to Western Rail will improve connections to the West and South West.
- HS2 connection with Old Oak Common will provide a faster option to and from the Midlands and the North.
- Rail capacity to treble from 18-40 trains an hour.
For businesses looking to set up in West London John has the following advice: “Make sure to make the most of public transport – it’s generally efficient and practical and car parking is challenging, as it is in most of London! For visitors and clients travelling to you from abroad or long distances, produce an in-house leaflet suggesting access opportunities, with more general information to soften the challenges of travelling through London.”
If you’re an entrepreneur, small business or professional that wants the opportunity to work in an inspirational West London environment, surrounded by all manner of creative industries, why not come and check out Barley Mow Centre for yourself? We have a number of spaces available to rent on flexible lease terms, as well as co-working space available on rolling monthly contracts. To arrange a viewing, simply click here and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.