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Issue 151 - Spring 2017


Working in Brent

In the past few months, we’ve seen many people start off their 2017 on a high note by finding local employment. Brent is a great place to work, and with the regeneration in the area, especially in Wembley Park, we’ll be seeing even more job opportunities in the future.

In saying that, we were dealt a blow by the news that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plan to close two job centres; one in Willesden, and one in Kilburn. We are urging the DWP to reconsider their closures in Brent and have written to the Minister for Employment and the DWP stating just how important these resources are.

The government has committed new funding for apprenticeships, and there will be more companies offering apprenticeships going forward. Apprenticeships give young people the best of both worlds: gaining real, on the job experience while earning a salary and studying for a nationally recognised qualification. It’s the perfect way to start your career, and helps to grow our local workforce here in Brent. See our special feature on page 38.

Brent is well and truly open for business and there are hundreds of businesses doing great things in our area including Park Royal’s own Joe and Seph’s, a gourmet popcorn business that has taken not just the UK but the world by storm. We spoke to owner Adam Sopher to hear his success story first hand, see page 34. I also caught up with The Polish Bakery who were victorious at the West London Business Awards: winning three categories, including Company of the Year.

Brent really is a first class place for businesses to set up, and we already have an existing pool of fantastic, potential local employees. And, I’m passionate about increasing opportunities for this to happen.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council