“I appreciate all the COVID-19 updates from the Chamber. It takes a crisis like this to really demonstrate the value you bring to members.” - John Coles, Kew Bridge Travel
Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:

Building confidence / Health & Wellbeing - 16th July

Lockdown has now lasted for well over 100 days, the retail/hospitality sectors are beginning to open – are you confident to return to the high street? Please register to take part in the discussion.

Panellists:
  • Alan Rides, Safer Business Hounslow
  • Ed Hussey, Menzies
  • Jacqueline McCouat, Anchor Counselling
  • Alex Willis – DoTerra


Skills & Training / Transform & Innovate - 23rd July

Job losses are being announced daily. Hounslow is going to be particularly hard hit owing to its proximity to Heathrow. Please register to have your voice heard.

Panellists:
  • Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham & Heston
  • Tracy Aust, Principal of West Thames College
  • Alan Fraser, Director at Cranford Community College
  • representative from NLET

Managing Debt - 6 th August

Panellists:
  • Marcus Gruenwald, Finpoint

More to be announced.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Stay safe this summer
We can all play our part in reducing the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, keeping the R number down and enjoying our summer safely. 

Here are the top tips:
  • Keep your distance from people outside your household
  • Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or support bubble
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Keep indoor places well ventilated
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Work from home if you can
  • If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in busy enclosed spaces like shops
  • Avoid shouting or singing close to people outside your household or support bubble
  • Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
  • Wash your clothes regularly
  • When at work or in business or public premises, follow the advice on site

You can find more information here.
Stay safe on the high street
Anyone planning on heading out to the borough’s shops, pubs or restaurants this weekend should make sure they follow the guidance and stay #shopsafe. 

Please continue to follow current social distancing guidance when travelling to or visiting our local shops. To control the risk of infection and shop safe, residents should: 

  • Check before you go! Not all places that can now open are open, and those that are may have very strict limits on customers
  • Follow the signage and guidance in the high streets, shopping centres and shops 
  • Keep a safe distance from one another 
  • Shops are operating on a ‘one-in-one-out’ system - please follow the rules 
  • You are advised to wear a face covering inside the shop, if you can't keep a safe distance from other people 
  • Don't touch items that you don't intend to buy 
  • Use contactless payments where possible 
  • Don't visit shops if you have symptoms - please stay home 
  • Wash your hands the moment you get home or arrive at work  
  • Travel by bike or car and avoid public transport where possible  
  • If using public transport, you must wear a face covering 

Additional signage has been installed in shopping areas to remind people to maintain safe distances. 
Heathrow hosts recovery roundtables (courtesy of External Affairs, HAL)

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has not only had a significant impact on Heathrow Airport but also on our local economy and the livelihood of our communities.

From this week, we will be holding a number of recovery roundtables, hosted by Lord Blunkett, to understand what is really needed locally for the recovery of the airport and those that depend on it. These roundtables will be an important vehicle for bringing together local representatives to co-ordinate efforts and will produce actionable recommendations.

Our initial focus is on four key areas: employment, education and skills; removing barriers in the supply chain; a green recovery; and surface access strategy.

As well as suggesting actions for a more immediate recovery, these recommendations will form the basis of a Heathrow Local Recovery Forum that will take a longer-term view on how Heathrow and the local communities can work in partnership to rebuild the local economy.

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce will be taking part in the recovery roundtables, so will be able to pass on your concerns. Please do get in touch.
Skills Builder. A framework has been developed to help people develop essential skills that are needed in all stages of life. It was originally developed for teachers to help their students develop these skills. It has recently been broadened to include all. There are toolkits available for employers, schools and community groups, which give information on workstreams, volunteering and leadership development in young people.

Volunteering, - Volunteering it Yourself works with 14-24 year olds, many who face challenges and are NEET. They volunteer on refurbishment projects in the community whilst learning construction trade skills. The participants are mentored by professional trades people and gain entry level City & Guilds certificates, giving the young people an opportunity to gain the skills and experiences to succeed in this growing sector.
We are delighted to invite you to the 2k Tiger and Hounslow Chamber's Lexpert Session (Learning from an expert), presented in online form and supported by Port Designs and One Golf Club.

Communications patron of Hounslow Chamber
It looks like we will all be going back to work soon. Do you have a face mask yet?

Fashionizer produce great quality masks and will discount all sales from chamber members by 20% - if they use the. 20%OFFHOUNSLOW Click here to order

For more information about the masks pleas click here
Image shows a nurse from A&E, West Middlesex University Hospital.

"Staff are wearing these masks in non-clinical areas and were very grateful for them especially those using public transport to get to and from work.
Thank you, Debbie and all at Fashinizer for your kindness and thinking of our staff."
Gemma Brown, CW+

  CW+ is the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust including its hospitals and clinics

Fashionizer's blog about the use of face masks and why they think they should be recommended for all. https://hoteluniformshop.com/blogs/blog/will-the-new-face-of-hospitality-be-wearing-a-face-mask
Good News:
2020 continues to be a challenging year and some may question Business Awards going ahead. After much reflection we feel there are reasons to be optimistic. Please enter the Awards, based on your activity in 2019, using it as a means to celebrate the past, to mark the end of 2020, and to give you and your team a wonderful night out on 15th October 2020, to move into the Christmas season and to start 2021 in an upbeat frame of mind.

Please be assured that we will be adhering to Government guidelines to ensure we are all safe.

The Business Awards are open to ALL businesses in the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and ALL our Chamber members, wherever you are based.


There are 19 award categories which you can enter now, just click the link to enter, fill out the form and submit. The deadline date for entries is 22 nd August 2020.
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