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

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
Retailers – now you are beginning to open, click here for Best Practice:

Job Retention Scheme

Taxpayers have been meeting the wage bill for 8.4m workers, at a cost of about £14bn a month since March. The scheme was aimed at preventing mass layoffs, as lockdown restrictions caused large parts of the economy to shut down. Rishi Sunak confirms the furlough scheme to be gradually withdrawn

Key dates

June & July
The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 plus employer national insurance (ER NICs) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything. The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

In July, businesses can start bringing furloughed staff back part-time and employers will pay their wages for hours worked.

The taper starts. The government still pays 80% of wages up to £2,500, but employers must now pay ER NICs and pension contributions. For an average employer, this represents 5% of employment costs had an employee not been furloughed.

The government pays 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,190. Firms must contribute 10% of wages plus ER NICs and pension contributions – about 14% of gross employment costs pre-furlough.

The government pays 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers contribute 20% plus ER NICs and pension – about 23% of gross employment costs pre-furlough.

Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

There have been 2.3m claims made under the Self-employment income support scheme Toal claimed £6.8bn in income support. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended - with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant


The extension of the scheme will include grants being cut to 70% of average monthly trading profits from the current level of 80%. Applications allowed from August. The funds will be paid out in a single installment covering three months’ worth of profits, capped at £6,570 in total.

Protecting the UK’s cargo connections
Heathrow COVID-19 update, 12th June

We hope you remain well in these difficult and challenging times.

Heathrow saw another record low of a 97% reduction in passenger traffic in May and is likely to see a similar base level in June – while introduced to protect the public’s health, the recent introduction of the Government’s quarantine policy is a further block on any short term recovery in passenger numbers.

Thank you to all Parliamentarians who have shown their support for the aviation industry. We have seen aviation raised as critical to the UK a number of times since we last wrote to you, including as a significant employer by West London MPs ; as vital to enabling trade and tourism through interventions made during an Urgent Question ; and as a part of the UK’s recovery through a number of articles .   

Heathrow will continue to work with Government on the introduction of air bridges to and from low-risk countries and also to request the introduction of business rates relief for airports in England and Wales, to match that in Northern Ireland and Scotland – and in the same way it has rightly been granted to the retail and hospitality sectors.

Update from the Cabinet Office

From 13th June 2020 places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer.  

Please follow the latest guidance available at 
http://go.pardot.com/e/851633/SafeWorship/kghp/54138398?h=_x1IPKAXvR69_4BlcrZlLI_E24kSOUZ2MEYYTfsBp8Q , which includes information on Covid-19 risk assessments that should be carried out prior to reopening. 

The government will continue to consider how to allow places of worship to reopen for additional uses in Step 3 of its  Roadmap, which is expected to be no earlier than 4th July, subject to further scientific advice.

Through its Places of Worship Taskforce, the government is continuing to work with faith leaders and representatives to develop a plan to enable the phased and safe reopening of places of worship.
Work is also underway to create digital assets and translate the guidance into 12 languages. 

Please join us in sharing the latest guidance and advice with your own communities to ensure that those who do return to places of worship do so safely.
As some of you begin planning your return to work next week, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the new Government guidance on face coverings.
From Monday 15 June, face coverings must be worn at our stations and when travelling on our trains. Passengers with a disability or respiratory problems are exempt, and so are very young children.

Face coverings can help to prevent the transmission of coronavirus - especially when social distancing is not possible.

They can be a natural fabric that covers the nose and mouth, and can be easily bought online or made at home . Face coverings should not be confused with medical face masks or respirators.

We encourage all customers who need to travel with us to watch our animated video below. This provides advice on how to safely use our services and the new measures we have introduced to help, such as one-way systems and floor vinyls marking out the 2m distance. These measures come on top of our new hand sanitiser machines, which have been rolled out at around 100 stations.

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, our priority is keeping our customers and colleagues safe.

Please plan your journey in advance, purchase tickets online if possible and consider using a SWR Touch Smartcard – a free alternative to paper tickets that will help minimise contact.

For more information on our Touch Smartcard, please visit:

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.
Garner & Hancock Solicitors

Free weekly webinar on Wednesday 17 th June 2020 at 3:00 pm
  • What to look out for in Leases
  • When should this be done
  • Tenants – Is there a ‘get out’ clause?
  • Landlords – How to ‘lock in’ the tenants

James Harrison – Partner and Head of Commercial Property at Garner & Hancock will answer all you questions

Good News:
Production of life-saving PPE

West Thames College has partnered with a local designer, fabricator and artist Neil Lemaire, to help in the production of life-saving PPE.

As the situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus progresses, there has been an increasing shortage of the availability of face protection in our National Health Service and as a further education college in the heart of West London, we have been eager to see how we may be able to use our facilities to help others in light of the current situation.
We were overwhelmed when the College was introduced to Neil, who is locally based in Brentford and a specialist in Bronze Casting, Mould-making and 3D printing. In the last few weeks, we have been working closely together and using the College’s 3D specialist printing facilities, Neil is designing and producing face visors for front line NHS staff. Neil will also in the future, be exploring the production of mushroom valves to go into face masks.

Neil’s studio is based at the London Museum of Water & Steam, near Kew Bridge. For more information on Neil’s work please visit: www.mouldmakinguk.com & www.neillemaire.com
World's largest container ship docks on the Thames

Most of the goods in the containers are probably coming to my husband – he is trying to keep the economy going single handedly!
One of our directors Samar received Women of Excellence Award - the award was presented by Universal Peace Federation- an NGO with the UN on this day back in 2017
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.