Hounslow Business Task Force, brought to you by Hounslow Chamber
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Wednesday, 8 th April at 10.00 am – 11.00 am.

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

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab has said further detail on economic measures to support businesses will be provided "as soon as is practical" at today's Downing Street press conference.

Mr Raab said the Government wanted to encourage banks to be lending and providing liquidity and it was important the message and support outlined to businesses and banks was "conveyed as clearly as possible and acted upon."

He added: "The Treasury ministers are in constant contact with the banks, looking at what they need, but also critically how we get the finance to businesses which are viable but just struggling with the challenge of coronavirus. We want to make sure particularly those vulnerable small businesses and medium-sized businesses can see their way through this crisis.

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME: NEW UPDATES
HMRC has written to all businesses to confirm that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme detailed employer guidance and guidance for employees have been further updated in line with stakeholder feedback and, among other updates, clarifies the position for company directors, Limited Liability Partnerships and agency workers; provides additional guidance on what constitutes wages, and details scheme eligibility.
Lisa and Alan in their masks, courtesy of Fashionizer.
USE OF FACEMASKS IN THE WORKPLACE
The guidance for employees, employers and businesses has been updated with guidance on use of face masks in the community. The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance. Therefore, PHE does not advise masks in public places and for those working in supermarkets, waste collection, schools and similar settings.

ADDITIONAL NEW GUIDANCE RELEASED TODAY

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses
Guidance for businesses setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) has been updated with information about State Aid..

HELP FIND NEW WAYS TO EASE GLOBAL DISRUPTION: APPLY FOR FUNDING

UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million in a fast-track competition to develop new ways to tackle global disruption such as that caused by COVID-19. Find out more here.

CAN YOU, YOUR BUSINESS OR EMPLOYEES OFFER CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SUPPORT?

NHS asks people to share their coronavirus symptoms to help others
A new Coronavirus Status Checker will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak. It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it. Please share the checker with your employees and networks. You can find more information here.

Can your business offer further support?
The UK Government is looking for businesses who can offer support in the multiple areas and has set up an online tool where businesses can register. To offer support click here.The support needed includes things like:

  • medical testing equipment
  • medical equipment design
  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
  • social care or childcare
First Coronavirus clinics open in LB Hounslow and LB Ealing (courtesy of The Chiswick Calendar)

The first GP-run Coronavirus clinics have been set up in LB Hounslow and LB Ealing.

The one in Hounslow is at the Grove Village Medical Centre in Feltham. The one in Ealing is at the Community Health Centre in Mattock Lane.

These clinics are being set up across North West London for patients with symptoms of Covid-19, where they can go to be treated. 

An NHS  source has told The Chiswick Calendar there are to be two more in LB Hounslow - one in the central part of the borough and one in the east, ie. Brentford / Chiswick.

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar website.
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Brentford FC set to scale back construction on their new stadium
Brentford FC have issued a statement saying that construction work on their new 17,500 capacity stadium, next to Kew Bridge Station in Brentford, is to be scaled back. ‘Practical Completion’ was due to take place this month with the venue ready to host games in July but this will no longer be possible, and the club now say an opening date cannot be forecast.
Longstanding Hounslow Chamber members, Anne and John Elliott at Burchells are offering a delivery service .

Hounslow Chamber has used Burchells on many an occasion, the last being at the Festival of Business at the end of February – was it only just over a month ago!  They supplied the delicious lunch bags for the stand holders and the cake to celebrate our 110 th anniversary in 2019.  

Please click here for more information and today’s menu.

Sadly they will not be delivering over Easter.

Burchell’s of Old Isleworth
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Good News:
Communities are banding together to saying thank you to the bin men by leaving presents and notes.
The new commute to work.
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.