Hounslow Chamber webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:

11 th June - Business Task Force / Structuring for re-emergence -
We are pleased that Cllr. Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency and Janet Leatherland, Manager of The Treaty Shopping Centre, Hounslow is able to be with us.

16 th  June - Trading with the UAE and the Gulf -
Dubai wants to buy your goods. Join us to make this happen and to learn how.

18 th June - Business Task Force -
We are pleased that Cllr. Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, is able to be with us.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Applications now open for the Discretionary Business Support Grant
As promised we are giving you priority notification that the Discretionary Business Support Grant for small and microbusiness in Hounslow borough is now open.  
The new Grant is intended to aide those businesses who have so far not been able to benefit from funding from central government during the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to qualify small and microbusinesses must meet a stringent set of criteria designed to target the funding at those businesses who have suffered the greatest loss of income as a result of Covid-19. Hounslow has been awarded £1.8m and will be distributing grants of £25,000, £10,000 and £5,000 depending on businesses property costs, this will provide support to an estimated 200 businesses. 

Please read the Discretionary Business Support Grant Policy May 2020 to make sure your business qualifies before making an application.

We urge you to get your applications in quickly as we will be issuing the grant funding on a first come first served basis to small and micro businesses who have applied and meet the criteria, and hope to complete the process and issue the funds to the approved businesses by the end of June.

Non-essential retail confirmed to reopen from Monday 15th June
(courtesy of the Cabinet Office)

The Business Secretary confirmed yesterday evening (Tuesday 9th June) that shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, thanks to continuing progress in meeting our 5 tests.

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May.

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. The downloadable sign can be found here:  https://bit.ly/CV19Sign

Full details of workplace guidance can be found here:  https://bit.ly/CV19WorkingSafely .
Help councils to end rough sleeping (courtesy of London Councils)

London Councils is calling on the government to support a range of measures to build on the success of boroughs in bringing around 5,000 rough sleepers in from the streets since the start of the pandemic.

Councils across the capital have spent around £500 million on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping as a result of Covid-19 and London Councils is urging the government not to let this 'golden opportunity' to tackle homelessness and end rough sleeping altogether pass.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning , said: “Chronic housing insecurity leaves people more vulnerable to illness, which is why the government was right to introduce a ban on evictions and to help fund emergency accommodation for rough sleepers.

“But we can’t afford to squander these achievements. Without ongoing measures to help keep people in their homes, we expect homelessness rates to shoot back up again – probably to even higher levels than before the crisis.

“London boroughs share the government’s ambitions on reducing homelessness – but action is needed now.” 

On Friday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that the government would extend the suspension of new evictions from social and private rented homes until 23 August.

He added that the government was working with the judiciary on "proposals to ensure that when evictions proceedings do recommence, arrangements, including rules, are in place to assist the court in giving appropriate protections for those who have been particularly affected by coronavirus – including those tenants who have been shielding."
As the Government eases lockdown and we start to reopen London, we want to help you plan your journeys.
If you have to travel, consider including walking or cycling if you can. To help plan your walking or cycling journey, take a look at our:
We're working closely with London boroughs and the City of London Corporation, changing town centres, building new cycleways and creating low traffic neighbourhoods across London. Some streets are being converted to walking and cycling only, with others restricted to all traffic apart from buses. This will also create more space for social distancing and help reduce road danger. In addition, more Santander Cycles will also be available at key areas.
In line with the Government advice, everyone who can work from home should continue to do so and we would still ask you to continue to avoid public transport, where possible.
Worried about commercial rent? (courtesy of the Chiswick Calendar)

With the summer rent quarter coming up fast, many small businesses are worried about the rent. 

Landlords too. Not all are greedy fat cats who spend their winters sunning themselves in the Caribbean on the proceeds of their rented properties. Some rely on the income for their pension.

One of the ideas which came out of our public meeting in February, which explored ways to revitalise the High Rd, was to establish a Landlords and Tenants forum where issues such as how to set a fair rent can be discussed.

Jeremy Day, Commercial Director of local estate agents Whitman and Co, and Ollie Saunders, Head of UK Valuation & Alternatives at international commercial real estate services company JLL, will be conducting a web chat on Thursday 11 June at 5.30pm.

Register for (free) tickets here .
Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England
(courtesy of White Label)

Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK has been updated .
Good News:
Iceland adopts ALL Chester Zoo's Penguins to help it survive
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.