Webinars coming up:
International Trade webinar
Understanding VAT with the EU, Finance help and FOREX risks
Thursday 4th February 10:00 am - 11:00 am

UK/EU Trade deal; A view from the City.
In this trade agreement, international businesses have increased costs. We help deal with key issues including the following:-

  • VAT implications for Exports and Importers
  • Finance
  • Freight
  • Documentation
  • FOREX risk elimination

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Local Chambers Networking

Thursday 4th March 10:00am - 11:30am

Cost:
Members- £10 per person
Non-Members – £15 per person

A great way to hear what Chambers are doing across a wider local area to support businesses and most importantly a way to grow your network and do more business.
These events are always popular so book early to guarantee your place.

Limited Numbers –  Only 20 places are available to each Chamber to enable us to manage the group effectively on zoom. A Wait list will operate and additional spaces may be released depending on overall capacity.
Covid-19 testing for Hounslow firms

Asymptomatic testing is now available through walk in access across all the sites as well as bookable appointments via the online portal.

Businesses staff/individuals can go as many times a week as they like to protect themselves as well as protecting others.  We are also offering the mobile testing vehicle to go to businesses with over 50 personnel on site to test all your staff in one go. Please email the team below :


Mobile Testing Unit 

Mobile Testing Units usually operate from 10.30am-3.30pm. You need to book an appointment online before you go to the site.

Hounslow Business Support Grant - Update

We are currently updating our webpage to make it easier for businesses to understand the various grants and the policy documents are being reviewed and revised.

For information on grant support for businesses, please visit the page below.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce is still a key Gateway for Kickstart. The Chancellor has removed the minimum placement criteria for small businesses so that they can apply directly for Kickstart Placements. This is whilst maintaining the Gateways already in place.

When we registered as a Gateway, we made sure the Employers have a choice of organising their own Employability Skills training and retaining the full £1,500 grant or contributing part of it to access extensive wrap around support from a choice of local providers in the borough. The Chamber’s Gateway offer has already secured over 130 placements from just under 50 Employers and will continue to be open to all.  

Having worked with DWP on the scheme for the past four months, we are able to support those with only a few placements by taking away much of the administration from them and keeping the process streamlined.  We are also able to respond within 24 hours (usually much less) to any questions raised. Feel free to talk to us!
Free webinars to promote apprenticeships in local businesses, and the apprenticeship levy transfer for SMEs -

Guest speakers from Sky; Kier Construction; Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the London Progression Collaboration
 
Are you a local employer based in the London Borough of Hounslow?
 
For this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, Work Hounslow will deliver a series of free webinars looking at the benefits apprenticeships bring to local businesses.
 

'Work Hounslow - Resurgence: Employer Insight and Early Careers Pathways' - 9th February 10:30 11:30am 

The first webinar is aimed at local businesses to encourage using apprenticeship levy funds to train or upskill their existing staff.
The webinar will provide insight into the early career paths and apprenticeships routes into the IT and Construction industries.
 
An expert panel from the Early Careers teams at Sky and Kier Construction will deliver presentations and answer questions on:
  • apprenticeships;
  • early careers;
  • and careers progression.
 
The webinar will also feature current apprentices who will give insight on their own work based learning journey and why they decided to choose an apprenticeship to kick start their careers!
 
There will be a Q&A panel for you to ask your questions!
 
 
 
The ‘Work Hounslow – Subject Funding: Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Webinar’ - 11th February 10:30 – 11:30am

The webinar will discuss apprenticeship levy transfer funding, and offer a live case study where levy transfer was used to upskill existing staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Heathrow
 
An expert panel from the London Progression Collaboration and Richard Lee, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, will deliver presentations and answer questions on:
  • apprenticeship levy transfer;
  • upskilling existing staff;
  • refreshing employee work skills post lockdown.

There will be a Q&A panel for you to ask your questions!
 
  • VACCINE FRAUD: The Government has released resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud. Opportunists are sending convincing-looking text messages telling people they are eligible for the vaccine or are phoning people directly pretending to be the from the NHS or their local pharmacy.
  • TAX RETURNS: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will waive fines for self-assessments that miss the 31 January deadline, as long as they are filed online by 28 February.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Is 9 to 5 still right for your workplace? Staggering the start and end times of shifts will help with social distancing on the way in and out of the workplace.

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

Prompt Payment Code (courtesy of LCCI)

The Government has announced changes to strengthen the above, so as to ensure small businesses are paid on time. Under the reforms, for companies that have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code, the required payment period to small businesses will be slashed by half to 30 days, with commitments to be made personally by CEOs or Finance Directors.
Job Opportunities
CLS is looking for an engineer who is able to set out (TS16 Robotic) kerb lines, drainage, asphalt and ducting. Must be self motivated and adaptable.
 
Engineer role
  • Setting out experience, in Civils and road construction
  • Use of TS16, or similar, setting out instrument
  • Experience with CAD
  • Experience with digital models, ideally with DTM’s
  • Ideally experience in QA monitoring and check sheet completion etc.
  • Based in Reading, on a daily basis for provisionally approx. 2 years
  • Valid British passport holder
 
 Engineer/Supervisor
 
  • Civils and ground work experience is required
  • Based in Reading, on a daily basis for provisionally approx. 2 years
  • Valid British passport holder
 
Please contact: 

Ferose Gazi, Managing Director - CLS
M: 07554 891257 T: 01753 686998 E: ferose@clsukservices.co.uk
Business and Construction Apprenticeship opportunities
November issue of Let's Talk Business out now

West London Local Chambers & Hounslow Chamber of Commerce are the primary support, networking, and representation organisation in west London for SMEs.

We support the interests, the commercial aspirations and the investment from businesses in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham - the Chamber is the voice for all businesses located in the borough