Greenford is a sizeable parish in Middlesex. Greenford's name comes from the Old English words 'grene' and 'forde' meaning 'place at the green ford'.
It is the first place aniline dye was created, which led to the development of what is today known as the modern organic chemical industry. Historically the largest employer in the area during most of the 20th century was Lyons and Co, which merged with Allied Bakeries in the 1980s. After this, the area housing the factory was redeveloped as the Lyon Way Industrial Estate in the 1990s.
A number of large companies have offices in the Greenford area, including GlaxoSmithKline's GSK (pharmaceutical research division), Royal Mail's regional distribution centre, IBM, Hovis and British Bakeries. Recruitment agencies can help to connect companies with the right staff in Greenford.
Ealing Council began the £5.1 million 'Good for Greenford' regeneration project in summer 2008 which was aimed at transforming the heart of Greenford, with £2 million in funding provided by Transport for London. Businesses and shops flocked to the area, creating significant employment opportunities. This regeneration is ongoing today, with the Council planning to restore the local Greenford Hall and has allocated the project £1 million in funding.