Slough Business Community Partnership – Transport themed Business Meeting

SBCP’s June Business Meeting was themed around transport.

Ruth Bagley, Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council started off the event by giving the delegates an update on the Western Rail Access To Heathrow project (WRAtH) – a rail link between Reading and Heathrow, via Slough,  Maidenhead and Twyford.  Ruth talked about the importance of this new rail link highlighting the value of Heathrow Airport and the current surface access to the UK’s only hub airport, which is currently not easily accessible from the west of the Airport.

WRAtH proposes to provide 4 trains per hour each way, creating a 6 minute journey time from Slough reduced from 45 minutes (28 minutes from Reading to Heathrow).   The aim is to be operational from 2021 and the project will benefit the South East, South West, South Wales and West Midlands by making journey time reductions up to 70%.  Some of the key benefits are predicted to be £800 million in economic activity generated, 42,000 jobs, over 5000 tonnes less CO2 produced each year and excellent transport links with international markets to secure trade and investment.  The Council have asked for business, if they are would be interested, to contribute by visiting: and to register their interest under ‘subscribe’.

Our next speaker gave an update on the progress of Crossrail and John Goldsmith, Area Community Relations Manager, told delegates about the progress of the Crossrail project which is providing a new high capacity, high frequency railway across London, linking Slough to a line that will be able to take more passengers into central London, faster.  This will impact on Slough journey times by making a journey to Paddington 28 minutes, Tottenham Court Road 34 minutes, Liverpool Street 39 minutes, Canary Wharf 46 minutes and Heathrow in 17 minutes (plus interchange time).
John also highlighted future work on Slough’s bridges and we will keep you updated on these works when they occur.

Finally, Nathan Fletcher, Head of News at Heathrow Airport Ltd, gave an update on the proposal that Heathrow Airport had submitted to the Airport’s commission.  The revised plans for a third runway for their North West option are in response to the Commission shortlisting 2 airports as options for new runways; Heathrow and Gatwick with their final recommendation to a new Government in Summer 2015.  We heard that Heathrow, as the UK’s hub airport, can connect the whole of the UK to growth; bringing jobs and prosperity to the whole country but it is currently running at full capacity and so a third runway will allow for greater economic competitiveness and more jobs.  Nathan also gave an update on how Heathrow Airport will mitigate impacts on local people, including the positioning of the third runway, quieter planes, planned take offs/ landings and compensation schemes for residents.

If you would like any further information about our speakers or details of their presentations then please contact us.


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Above: Ruth Bagley from Slough Borough Council

11th June 2014 – Slough Working Well Group delivers a successful event on Building a resilient workforce

On Wednesday, 11th June 2014 the Slough Business Community Partnership (SBCP) working with members of the Slough Working Well Group put on an event to look at how to build a resilient workforce.

The event started with an interactive session encouraging the delegates think about the practices that they had in their own organisations and the way that managing energy levels could help to improve an employee’s resilience.

Delegates then heard from informed speakers which included Susanna Yeomans, Deputy Locality Director for Upton Hospital, supported by Talking Therapies who talked about Mental Health issues affecting employees, ways of identifying the early signs and what support there is for an employee and the company.

Slough Working Wells’ other speakers included Helen Wray from Mars Chocolate who outlined the procedures that the company has in place to support its employees.

Lesley Baker spoke about the role of mediation to resolve issues and Rajiv Joshi from Morgan Cole underlined the importance of a company having the correct policies and procedures in place to avoid potential conflict.

Everyone agreed that the event was a great success and that the informed speakers had provided valuable information to help improve the resilience of staff which in turn could impact in the profitability of a company.


Above – Rajiv Joshi from Morgan Cole