Launch of the London West Innovation Network Shines a Spotlight on Ealing and Hillingdon High Growth Businesses

Businesses based in the London boroughs of Ealing and Hillingdon were out in full force this week at the launch of the London West Innovation Network, as they celebrated qualifying for competitive business grants that will help them achieve high growth and increased employment locally in presence of dignitaries including Seema Malhotra, MP, Steven Wilding from Hounslow Council, Nigel Cramb from Hillingdon Council and Andrea Laffey from Borough of Ealing, at the Central Research Laboratory, Plus X, one of LWIN’s delivery partners.

In 2022, LWIN, with staff-support from West London Business was commissioned by the Boroughs of Ealing and Hillingdon to devise and manage an innovation grant programme to deliver over £3 million of funding to local fast-growth SMEs. At the end of a rigorous and competitive application process, 34 businesses were awarded grants across sectors as diverse as Health & Wellbeing, Creative & Media, Aviation & Logistics and Food & Drink. This Tuesday represented the official launch of the London West Innovation Network, when it brought together all of the grant winners representing some of the most innovative minds in West London, for an evening of networking and celebration.

Seema Malhotra, MP of Feltham and Heston, who is also the co-chair of London West Innovation Board addressing the grant winners


Andrew Dakers, CEO of West London Businesses and co-chair, London West Innovation Innovation Network addressing the crowd live from Australia

Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business and Co-chair, London West Innovation Network (LWIN) said:

“It is an astounding group of highly innovative companies that we have been able to support to date.  Post-launch, LWIN is now focused on long-term development funding and mobilising business support for the 2000+ fast growth businesses across its geography, including our recent grant winners.”

Other dignitaries including Seema Malhotra, Toby Kress and Borough representatives touched upon the power of innovation, and how local government leaning into support local companies has the power to bring together innovators, industry and academia to unlock potential opportunities in the region.

Ealing Grant Winners with Amelia Grant, Project Manager of LWIN


Cohort of Hillingdon Grant Winners with Amelia Grant, Toby Kress and Nigel Cramb

The Ealing and Hillingdon grant winners are carrying out innovation in diverse fields from agriculture, education, pet welfare to hydrogen production. Read more about the businesses here.

Toby Kress, Programme Director of Plus X, also the host of the evening. Most of the Hillingdon grant-winning businesses are based in CRL.


Steven Wilding from Hounslow Borough talking to the crowd about the various business support program provided by Hounslow Council


Andrea Laffey from Ealing Borough addressing the crowd

Nigel Cramb, Partnerships Manager at London Borough of Hillingdon addressing the grant winners

The network’s  first interactive workshop on early-stage fundraising will take place on Wednesday 19 April, and aims to help businesses understand the funding options available to them and learn from a panel of experts representing leading venture capitalists, active Angel networks, plus universities, and explore the different kinds of flexible capital support available from the banking sector.

To find out more about the London West Innovation Network, visit, or follow LWIN on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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