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French delegation visit Hounslow
Published: Wednesday, 23rd February 2022
The Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, welcomed a delegation of business leaders and local politicians from the Issy les Moulineaux suburb region in Paris yesterday. Hounslow has been twinned with Issy since 1982, and the visit was an opportunity for the delegation to see the very best of Hounslow and share business ideas with global brands such as Sky, JC Decaux and Pernod Ricard.
During the meet and greet Councillor Steve Curran presented the Deputy Mayor of Issy les Moulineaux with a replicate ‘Hounslow Boar’ that is synonymous with Hounslow’s history. Discovered by labourers digging in a field in the 19th century, the relic is believed to be created in the iron age period and now takes pride of place at the British Museum.
Organised by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, the delegation also visited key Hounslow landmarks such as Brentford Community Stadium, Gunnersbury Park Museum and The Musical Museum, where a drinks reception was held on the evening of 22 February 2022.
The Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, said:
“I was delighted to welcome once again our good friends from Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris this week. We have strong links through our respective councils and our business communities through Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, JCDecaux and Cisco. Like us, Issy is determined to support innovation, the tech industry, and the green economy amongst others.
“This visit also complements Hounslow Council’s drive to be recognised as a ‘destination borough’ where people want to live, work and visit.”
Issy is situated in the south-western region of Paris and representatives from the area have already visited Hounslow in 2016 and 2020.
The Issy les Moulineaux business delegation during their visit to Hounslow.
Mrs Claire Guichard, Deputy Mayor of International Relations and Tourism in Issy-les-Moulineaux, said:
“It was a real pleasure to discover Hounslow. When Issy and Hounslow twinned in June 1982, there were both industrial cities. 40 years later, they have changed but still have a lot of common points: the importance of culture and sports, smart cities talking about people, health care, economic and dynamic councils.
“I’m really proud to lead this delegation, I’m sure it will strengthen our link and open a new era of cooperation.”
Along with a packed itinerary of sightseeing, the delegation will take part in Hounslow’s annual business festival, which brings together 50 exhibitors and 250 local business for a series of informative workshops and networking opportunities. Representatives from the delegation will speak at the event and highlight their strong bond with the borough.
Sally Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, said:  
“We were really pleased to be asked by Hounslow Council to be involved with the visit by the delegation from Issy les Moulineaux. 
“With our links to local businesses, such as SKY and those within Chiswick Business Park, we have laid on a varied three days for our guests, with a view that both areas, Issy and Hounslow borough, are gaining business. 
“The final day of their visit coincides with our Festival of Business, where much business is created, and deals are struck! Our two areas can only benefit from such visits.”
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