Leader of Hounslow Council and Local MP react to GSK relocation plans

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steven Curran, and MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, have responded to the announcement by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) regarding changes to their business operations and a relocation from their HQ offices at 980 Great West Road, Brentford.

Published: Tuesday, 12th October 2021

Image of Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council and his Cabinet portfolio

The consumer healthcare company announced today (11 Oct) that they are moving their commercial division to Weybridge in Surrey by the end of 2022. Their Research and Development and Vaccines Business will remain in the current premises until 2023.

GSK have stated that they engage with Hounslow and base their search for a new permanent HQ offices in the same area, to minimise disruption to staff, and will undertake an extensive global search for an alternative occupier for the Great West Road site.

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, said:

“GSK have been a landmark presence and valued employer in our borough since 2002.  We understand their need to find more suitable accommodation to meet the needs of their new business model and ways of working , and will be working closely with them to mitigate the impact of the decision on the community at an already very difficult time. 

“In conjunction with Ruth Cadbury MP, we will be working out the exact implications of this announcement, and the best ways to support everyone involved.  Renewing our local economies and supporting residents and businesses remains a continuing priority, which this announcement makes even more crucial.”

Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury MP, said;

‘‘The news that GSK will be leaving their site on the Great West Road will have a huge impact on our local area. GSK are a major employer locally, and I know that many people rely on their Brentford site, both for their job and also for the wider investment it brings in for businesses locally. This news comes at a time when Hounslow is facing a turbulent economic future due to the coronavirus pandemic, and decline in international aviation.  

I will be meeting with GSK and working with Hounslow Council to ensure that local jobs are protected, and to support our local economy during this move.’’

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