Hounslow Business Task Force - Free Webinars:

Hounslow Chamber has been supporting Hounslow businesses since 1909. We are hosting our next Business Task Force webinar on Thursday, 30 th April at 10:00 am, in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz , in our continuing commitment to our businesses across the borough and wider community.

Our expert panel is here to give you relevant advice to help you though these difficult times.

DAILY BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE (courtesy of White Label)

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s digital skills while people are staying at home, has been launched today (28 April) by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit . The new platform gives people, including those on furlough, access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create effective online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The impact of COVID-19 has shown how important digital skills are - both for work and other aspects of our lives. Technology is going to play a hugely important role in our economic recovery and this new platform will help ensure everyone is able to improve their digital skills and take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson added: “I know how difficult the recent months have been and the huge changes the coronavirus has brought on the daily lives of us all. The Skills Toolkit will help those whose jobs have been affected by the outbreak, and people looking to boost their skills while they are staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives. I want businesses to encourage their furloughed employees to use The Skills Toolkit to improve their knowledge, build their confidence and support their mental health so they have skills they need to succeed after the coronavirus outbreak.”

The Skills Toolkit courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future.

NEW INFORMATION AND UPDATES

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More FREE micro business support webinars

All the below workshops can be booked via http://workhounslow.eventbrite.com/

Branduin Business Support

Tony Ryan will deliver Financial Support For SMEs – Getting You Fit For Funding
  • Session-1: Tue 5th May
  • Session-2: Tue 12th May
  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Charles McClelland will deliver Developing your Growth Plan
  • Session-1: Tue 2nd June
  • Session-2: Tue 9th June
  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


The Real Business Club

  • 14th May - Understanding Tax and VAT - this session to include clarity on the current rules (including HMRC), Directors, employees/ sub contractors, furloughing and expenses update
  • 21st May - Understanding Tax and VAT - this session to include NI, expenses, Tax timelines and basics of VAT
  • 4th June - Cashflow, Terms and Conditions and getting paid
  • 11th June - Keeping records, Pricing and being ready for “unlock"
  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

As well as these timely workshops the Micro business programme includes access to 1-2-1 advice from business providers - delivered over the phone or a video platform. These are tailored to your needs and issues and can even start before the workshop programme begins!
BEIS WEBINAR: FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19

Register to join a free webinar hosted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at 11am on Monday May 4 to find out how small business can access the coronavirus business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses.
The webinar will cover:
  • Eligibility for small business grants
  • Applying for a loan
  • Tax
  • Claiming for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
 
You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.  
 
Cabinet Office information: Last night the government announced further expansion of access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable. 
 
Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over will now also be able to get tested. 
Please find full guidance here ( https://bit.ly/TestingGuidance ) and the testing portal can be accessed here ( https://bit.ly/BookTesting ). 
 
Please circulate these trackable links amongst your employees and/ or share our tweet on your social channels ( https://twitter.com/HMGLondonSE/status/1255441397131378689 ).
Good News:
While Barbour receive praise from Matt Hancock and start deliveries of medical gowns. We give praise to Hounslow Chamber member, Fashionizer who have switched production from high end spa/hotel uniforms to masks and gowns, all of which are sustainable and washable.

Congratulations to Fashionizer!
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.