Hounslow council’s regeneration chief has set off on a marathon bike ride to Cannes today (5 March) to raise money for a children’s charity and sell the borough’s golden opportunities to international investors.
Brendon Walsh, director for regeneration, economic development and environment, is making the 850 mile trip to the south of France for Coram and as part of Hounslow Council’s delegation to MIPIM – the international property fair.
Mr Walsh, 53, said: “I did the same trip last year and it was tough then. I am getting on a bit now so it will be even tougher but it’s all in a good cause!
“As well as raising money for Coram, I will be helping to sell Hounslow to the world and especially the Golden Mile in Brentford – which is a glorious opportunity for international investors.”
Brendon will be meeting Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran and two other council officers in Cannes on Tuesday, 10 March (check) to promote the borough’s excellent economic opportunities.
The keen cyclist will also be taking a gold Brompton bike, manufactured by Brentford based company, to take to MIPIM.
Brendon added: “By bringing the gold Brompton bike – which has been made especially for MIPIM – we are showcasing not only the best of Brentford but also British to some of the biggest movers and shakers international business.”
Cllr Curran said: “I am looking to fight for more funds and investment for Hounslow – at no cost to council tax payers I would like to add! I am very grateful to those companies who’ve already invested in the borough and have come together to fund this mission.
“Last year Hounslow went to MIPIM and secured massive million pound developments for Hounslow Town Centre and Brentford which means more affordable homes, jobs and prosperity for our residents and businesses.
“But we want to build on this success so we can secure more investment to keep our borough booming and improve the lives of Hounslow people.
“We will need to compete fiercely with other London boroughs and councils across the country to show why Hounslow – with Heathrow on our doorstep and central London a stone’s throw away – is the capital’s window to the world.”