"Thanks for the invite and for hosting this morning's webinar: Managing Debt. The content was clear and concise." - Nicolas Gidaracos, InvoiceInsure Ltd
Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:


Re-boot, Recover & Grow – for Ealing businesses - 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


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
Important message - coronavirus cases rising in Hounslow
Message from Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health at Hounslow Council

“Last night we received data from Public Health England which showed cases of coronavirus continue to increase in the borough, with a large rise in numbers over the past two days. Cases are concentrated in Heston, Hounslow Central/West, Cranford and Chiswick, but also recorded in other areas.

“The spread of cases suggests it’s due to wider family and friend groups meeting and not maintaining social distancing.

“We should not forget how awful the situation was for many of our residents earlier this year. More than 230 people lost their lives and thousands of others became seriously ill, with many still feeling the impact today. Coronavirus is still lethal. Lives are still at risk.

“We need everyone to keep their distance from people who do not live in their home. Stay 2 metres away from them at all times where possible.

“Please, do your bit to help reduce the spread and keep your family and friends safe.

“If we do not reduce this contact cases will keep rising, more lives will be put in danger and we risk a local lockdown in the borough.

“You can spread coronavirus without symptoms. Don’t be the one who makes your vulnerable friends and relatives sick.

“People who ignore social distancing are making a choice to put themselves and others at risk. They may be fine, but the people they infect, particularly if they’re elderly or have long-term health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems, may not.”

Continue to follow all Government advice:

  • Keep your distance – 2m from others not in your household where possible
  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home.
  • Don’t touch your face when you’re are not in your home.
  • Wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, on public transport and when in other indoor spaces where keeping apart from others isn’t possible. Please always take a face covering with you when you leave your home in case you need to use it.
  • Get a free test if you have any symptoms - a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Find a local site here.
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms, test positive for the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

More information at www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Kelly O'Neill
Director of Public Health
COVID-19 LOCKDOWN EASED BUT STRONGER ENFORCEMENT MEASURES ANNOUNCED (courtesy of White Label)

The government has announced that some of the remaining culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from this weekend, following its decision to delay the process. At the same time, it has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.
 
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centres which comply with new COVID-19 Secure guidelines
  • Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas, barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments. Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques remain closed in law.
  • Wedding receptions for up to 30 people to resume – and indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will recommence
  • Sports and business events pilots to resume
  • All staff offering close contact services, including hairdressers, should now wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face. The guidance also applies to businesses that operate remotely, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.
  • Fines will double to a maximum of £3,200 for those who repeatedly flout face covering rules
  • New fines to be introduced for people hosting raves or other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS DURING COVID-19
   
You can go here to find out all the latest information about what funding and support is available for your business, managing your business during coronavirus and business closures. There is also a new ‘support finder’ tool to help businesses easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic through a quick and simple online questionnaire. You can find out more about the tool here.
                                                                                    
The government has also launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp which is now updated with business support advice. Text ‘hi’ to 07860064422 via WhatsApp and there are business support measures highlighted under option 5 with the relevant links to GOV.UK pages.
                                                                                    
Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice
Phone: FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
                                                                                    
HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.
The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559.
                                                                                
If your business needs more workers as a result of COVID-19, such as those in food logistics, preparation and retail, post vacancies on Find a Job.
                                                                                    
Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.
There have been many changes to our traffic systems recently. Some more popular than others. Here is your chance to give your feedback.

The Hounslow Streetspace programme has seen a wide range of traffic management measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (courtesy of Brentford Voice)

The measures included many that were put forward by residents during LBH’s Streetspace consultation in May - June 2020, alongside some existing projects which are now being delivered with greater urgency. The measures are intended to improve safety and social distancing for those making trips on foot or bike. This also helps keep roads clear of traffic for those that have less of an alternative to travelling by car.

LBH are now requesting your feedback on measures introduced through their Streetspace programme. While Streetspace was developed in response to the pandemic, it supports long-term council goals such as improving air quality, making our road network as safe as possible and prioritising active travel. The feedback will be considered alongside other data, including road safety, air quality, and traffic data, in determining the future of the proposals. LBH are also keen to know if you think they should consider making any trial measures permanent.

Please use the link below to provide your feedback. A dropdown box allows you to select the measure you wish to provide feedback on. Feedback can only be provided once a measure has been implemented, and will be accepted for the duration of all trials.
Kickstart Scheme - A Guide for Employers
The idea is that a young person at risk of long-term unemployment gets a placement and some valuable experience/training while the employer gets additional resource for which the Government foots the bill. 
Please click here for more details.
Time to get the #EalingFeeling! 
We have TWO virtual challenges for you take part in this September and they are open to everyone, whether you signed up to run Ealing Half Marathon this year or not.
Queen of the Suburbs Challenge – run, jog or walk in 13 designated Ealing parks. You have the whole of September to complete the challenge. After completion, you’ll receive our Queen of the Suburbs medal.
13.1 Challenge – this challenge can be done anywhere in the world! If you run, jog or walk 13.1 miles between Monday 21 and Sunday 27 September 2020 you’ll receive our 13.1 Challenge medal.
Or take on BOTH challenges and SAVE ££. It's just £22 plus a processing fee of £1.16 and you'll receive both medals that fit together to form a cool ‘double medal’.
All the challenges includes your medal in the cost.

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