"Thanks for the invite and for hosting this morning's webinar: Managing Debt. The content was clear and concise." - Nicolas Gidaracos, InvoiceInsure Ltd
Re-boot Business Breakfast - 19th August at 9:30am - 11:00am
Venture X, Building 7, Chiswick Park,566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5YG


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


Re-boot, Recover & Grow – with an Ealing bias - 27th August

  • Branduin Business Support – Nauzar Manekshaw
  • Contactus Ealing – Carlene Bender
  • Ealing Council
  • John Martin Estates - John J Martin
  • Metro Bank - Sanjeev Panesar, Area Director – West London
  • West London Local Chambers – Alan Rides

more to be confirmed


HR webinar - 10th September with Peninsula
Panellists to be announced.


If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Increase in Coronavirus cases – help slow the spread

The latest data from Public Health England shows there are increasing cases of coronavirus in the borough of Hounslow, particularly Heston East.

The spread of cases suggests it’s due to wider family and friend groups meeting and not maintaining social distancing.
This small increase is no cause for immediate alarm but we need you to play your part to help slow the spread, protect our vulnerable residents and reduce the risk of a local lockdown.

Coronavirus can spread without symptoms. Don’t be the one who makes a vulnerable friend or family member sick.

Everyone must continue following government guidance.

Read a message from Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health, here.
Videos to help explain Test and Trace

As part of the Keep Hounslow Safe work, the Council has put together some short videos in community languages to explain the NHS Test and Trace process. 

The videos can be viewed on the Councils YouTube channel here and are available to watch in English, Panjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi and Polish. 

For more information on the Test and Trace programme in the Borough click here.
ASK About Apprenticeships Live

Are you interested in Apprenticeships and want to find out more? Hounslow Connexions is hosting a live question and answer session in partnership with ASK about Apprenticeships on Tuesday 18 August at 2pm.

The session will cover an overview of apprenticeships, recognising your strengths, and how to write a winning application or CV. To find out more about what is on offer watch this video on our YouTube channel

To join the event live next week on YouTube click here.
Mayor’s Back to Business Fund

The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund will offer up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform.

Pay It Forward London enables businesses to raise vital funds and stay afloat, rebuild and recover from the impacts of Covid-19 through crowdfunding. Since its launch in April, over 5,000 Londoners have donated over £320,000 to support their favourite local businesses.

Through the Back to Business Fund, the Mayor will match every pound raised by a business up to a maximum of £5,000 - or 50% of their campaign target - to help them expand their operation online, invest in their future and adapt to safe, socially distant trading. Read more here
GovStart 2020 UK - Apply by 16 August

(Oct 1 - Mar 31 | London, UK) 

GovStart is a sixth-month growth programme to help tech startups transform the public sector. We take startups at different stages and in various sectors, working with products that have powerful public sector applications, and provide them with the tailored support, strategy and networks they need to succeed.  Apply here
£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

£20 million new funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government announced.

Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track. Read more here
Keeping our parks clean

With the nice weather this week, a reminder to keep Hounslow parks clean. BBQs are not allowed in any of our parks as they can easily set fire to the grass, posing a danger to our wildlife. Why not enjoy a lovely picnic instead but don't leave your litter. 

Litter ruins the environment and puts added pressure on Hounslow’s Greenspace 360 crews, who have been working in challenging conditions over the past few months. Rubbish left by visitors creates a hazard for wild animals, who can become injured or entangled by dumped items.
Good people management in your business is a step towards success. And with a well-functioning workforce, you can feel confident that business is running as usual.

But how do you know if your people management strategy is working effectively?

A human resources professional can reassure you that you are on the right track. But hiring someone full-time or even part-time could be expensive and a bit over the top - depending on your company size.

If you feel that the size of your business does not yet justify hiring an internal HR professional, the HR Dept Advice Line is just what you need.
What is The HR Dept Advice Line?

The HR Dept Advice Line is an unlimited tailored service which provides trusted HR and employment law advice.
All you have to do is pick up the phone and one of our qualified experts will be waiting.
We understand that HR tasks might not always sit at the top of your to do list. But kicking your people problems into the long grass can end up creating larger and more costly issues for your business.
What happens when I call?

You’ll get peace of mind. By calling the HR Dept Advice Line you can speak directly to a qualified HR professional and receive expert advice on how to tick off your HR tasks both legally and efficiently.

And better still you’ll be insured. Our Advice Line service is covered by our indemnity insurance. So, if you follow our advice from the beginning, any unforeseen employment tribunal costs and awards will be covered.
What can I call for?

Your local HR Dept at the other end of the Advice Line can help you with a wide range of HR queries. From hiring your first employee to dealing with sickness and absence, jury service, disciplinaries or even dismissals. Get the answers you need when you need them

That's not all. If you’d also like to talk to us about updating your company handbooks and contracts, ask us about Advice Line +
What’s your number?

If you’d like more information about our insured HR Dept Advice Line, contact us on
[020 8702 9997] or at [Lance.hobbs@hrdept.co.uk] and we will be happy to talk through the costs and benefits with you. Accessing expert and efficient HR solutions has never been easier.

Aside from the time lost agonising about your approach when you have to deal with people problems, the legal costs of getting it wrong are eye-watering.

Take this risk out of your business by signing up to our Advice Line today.
Indian Gymkhana Club is participating in the eat out to help out scheme.

We are now open for lunch Monday to Wednesday for this month. Around 12pm to 3 pm.
Table bookings are advised.
 
Please click here for more details.
The Mulberry Centre (TMC) is an award winning cancer information and support centre based on the grounds of the West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, Middlesex. It has been open for over 19 years and provided services to more than 15,000 people. They currently have over 3,300 registered users. They offer information, complementary therapies and emotional support for anyone affected by cancer. They are a registered charity and are funded entirely by charitable donations.

TMC are seeking a Chair of Trustees to replace the present Chair who is stepping down after 4 years. With Covid 19 all charities are facing challenges at the moment, but the Centre has risen to the challenges and has a great deal to offer for the future. The Trustees are keen to find the right person for the next phase of the Charity’s development and someone who will share our vision and values. The Chair will normally serve an initial term of three years and may at the discretion of the Trustees be appointed for a second term not exceeding three years.

Good News:
The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15th August 2020, commemorating the end of the Second World War. This year is a significant milestone, marking the 75th anniversary since the world woke up to peace. 

#NeverForgotten #VJDay75

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