DAILY BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE – courtesy of White Label
Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy & industrial strategy, has confirmed people working in construction can continue to do so in an open letter to the sector.

He wrote: "The Government has advised that wherever possible, people should work at home. However, we know that for many people working in construction their job requires them to travel to their place of work, and they can continue to do so. This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s advice."

To ensure workers were safe in their workplace, the industry has developed Site Operating Procedures, which were published by the Construction Leadership Council. Mr Sharma said the procedures align with the latest guidance from Public Health England and would continue to be updated as health guidance changes. The letter can be read here .

Michael Gove praised the dedication of the country’s manufacturing industry in innovating new processes and concepts to increase the number of ventilators available to the NHS

He said existing medical suppliers were scaling up production, while a number of major UK engineering companies were innovating new models, including McLaren, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Ford, Rolls Royce and Dyson.

He told the Downing Street press conference that the UK had suffered from a lack of domestic manufacturing capacity for mechanical ventilators - vital for treating the poorliest coronavirus patients - before the pandemic.

But he says production has been ramped up hugely in response to an appeal from government, distributed via Local Enterprise Partnerships among others, which has resulted in thousands of new ventilators "rolling off the production line" this weekend, and due to be "rapidly distributed" to the NHS front line early next week.


ADDITIONAL NEW GUIDANCE RELEASED TODAY

Destroying spoilt beer during coronavirus (COVID-19)
HMRC has introduced a temporary measure to help brewers and publicans in the destruction of spoilt beer during the coronavirus outbreak .

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding
Guidance for English local authorities sets out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). This includes updates on State Aid, monitoring and reporting requirements, new annexes on state aid, Spotlight, post payment checks, and clarification of eligibility of charities. The guidance applies to England only .

BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGES: LATEST INFORMATION & UPDATES

The government has announced temporary changes to Right to Work (RTW) checks during the coronavirus outbreak. Since 30 March 2020, Right to Work checks have been temporarily adjusted to make it easier for employers to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak. Until further notice, employers do not need to see original documents and can complete Right to Work checks over video calls.

Prospective workers are now able to submit scanned documents, rather than originals, to show they have the right to work. Checks continue to be necessary and it is an offence to knowingly employ or let property to anyone who does not have legal immigration status in the UK.

If prospective or existing employees cannot provide any of the accepted documents, employers should use the Employer Checking Service . Once the temporary changes end, employers will be asked to carry out prescribed checks on existing employees who started work during the pandemic.
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Sadiq Khan has said that a series of measures were in place via  Transport for London  and other agencies to reduce overcrowding.

These include:

  • Controlling the flow of passengers at busy stations
  • Using 500 British Transport Police to monitor situation
  • Opening different routes to platforms
  • Changing train routes so they don't stop at busiest interchanges
  • 4.5million passengers emailed and told not to use public transport unless essential
  • New signage and public announcements at key stations
Scam update:

As the Coronavirus continues to cause fear within our elder community, please see this video, offering advice and support on Covid-19 scams & frauds: https://youtu.be/oJEwTAcxuzs  
New source of support for businesses 

This is a challenging time for London businesses in any sector. To help guide businesses through the uncertainty, the London Growth Hub has  launched a new portal  to support businesses and employers.

This helpful portal includes a checklist outlining what steps businesses should take to reduce their risk of exposure to coronavirus, as well as how to prepare for future disruption.  

More local advice for businesses, self-employed people and employees is  available on our website .
New Chamber member, Ari Baker, would like to see if his company can assist anyone with for any transport / delivery needs.
They are still operating and happy to help. They are taking all measure by suppling staff with masks/ gloves / sanitizer gels to keep them and customers safe.

T :  0207 101 4159
M :  075043 56159
Good News:
Russell Howard's doctor wife stops her six-month career break to return to the NHS frontline and help tackle the coronavirus outbreak Cerys works at West Middlesex University Hospital in Hounslow. Cerys Morgan, who wed the comedian, 41, in June 2019, is a geriatric doctor who had planned a half year of travelling

But now Cerys has returned to service, tweeting last week: 'Three weeks and two days and the career-break dream is definitely over. Today I am returning to support the NHS family' 
Courtesy of The Daily Mail
Support for West Mids NHS staff
Thanks to the Covid19 Rapid Response Fund set up by the hospital charity CW+, supporting the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, Energy Pods have been installed in the hospital’s Greenhaven indoor garden, where staff can get much-needed rest between shifts.  
Donations for further support to be made to:   http://cwplus.org.uk/donate
Hounslow Chamber of Commerce is the primary support, networking, and representation organisation in west London for SMEs.

We support the interests, the commercial aspirations and the investment for some 18,000 firms - from Chiswick to Feltham, Heathrow to Osterley and Brentford to Bedfont - the Chamber is the voice for all businesses located in the borough.