MORE businesses have closed in Hounslow than anywhere else in London during the past two years, a survey suggests.

Nearly 3,200 companies in the borough have folded since 2010 - more than a sixth of the total number there, according to a report commissioned by the BBC.

The survey, carried out by financial analyst Experian and published today (Monday, March 19), showed 3,169 firms had either left Hounslow, closed or gone bust since 2010

That is more than a fifth of the 15,000 businesses lost across the whole of London during that period.

Councillor Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow Council's deputy leader, said: "We have some major corporations based in the borough, but the majority are small businesses, which form a vibrant part of our community.

"The economic downturn has been challenging for them and there's no doubt that local traders are finding it hard to survive.

"Therefore a key element in our planning around economic development and regeneration for the borough is to continue to work closely with them to provide support."