Q&A: My Redbridge - Geoff Hill, Redbridge Chamber of Commerce

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 July 2018


This week Geoff Hill, chairman of the Redbridge Chamber of Commerce, shares his love of the borough

What is your connection to Redbridge?

I was teaching in the borough for a long time and then I started my consultancy business in Redbridge. Then I became the chairman of the chamber of commerce.

I also live here. I just can’t seem to get away from Redbridge.

What do you like most about working or living in the borough?

It’s a very exciting and diverse borough. It seems to be moving forward after a long time. It’s a mirror of the rest of London. The community is one of the most representative in London.

There are lots of small businesses that are starting up and lots of entrepreneurs, which makes life exciting.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

I would have a long think about where businesses are going to grow in order to plan a bit more for the future and not just create dozens of apartments everywhere.

I would change the gyratory system so that people can move about more easily.

Describe the borough using three words.

Diverse. Exciting. Progressing.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

Right, there are a few. One institution would by the BID management in Hainault. They have changed a rough council estate into a something that is really quite special. The person would have to be the previous chamber of commerce chairwoman Julie Woodward.

She is one of the kindest people I have met and one of the most interesting.

If you were prime minister, what law would you introduce?

Firstly, I would make it a law the politicians or MPs could only have one job – that is being an MP.

We should start looking at politics as a vocation rather than a means for self-aggrandizement. We should also limit any terms in office to 10 years.

A second would be that any law that is introduced should have an impact assessment of its effects running 10 to 15 years down the line.

If you were editor of the paper, which issues would you focus on?

It would be more business

friendly – I would focus on how to make the borough more prosperous and the creative things that are being done to make Redbridge prosperous.

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