"The daily emails are so useful to read to get up-to-date information on all new government guidance and changes. Working a lot it’s hard to keep up with the news so the daily emails are a great quick way to get the key details that are important for us to operate our business efficiently and correctly." - Matthew Merrick, Holiday Inn London - Brentford Lock
Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:

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
  • Philip Davis, NLET

Managing Debt - 6 th August

Panellists:
  • Marcus Gruenwald, Finpoint
  • Tony Ryan, Branduin Business Support

More to be announced.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Hounslow Council has broadened the Discretionary Business Support Grant for small and microbusinesses who have so far not been able to benefit from funding from central government during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Discretionary Grant criteria now includes small and microbusinesses who operate on a seasonal basis or those who are not registered with Companies House.

Organisations can apply for grants of £25,000, £10,000 and £5,000 depending on businesses property costs. In order to qualify businesses must meet a revised set of criteria.

As the pot of funding we have been given will not be sufficient to fund all businesses in the borough, applications for the grant will be considered on a first come first served basis. It’s therefore vital to get your applications in as soon as the process goes live.

Businesses who have already applied and were unsuccessful will not be eligible to apply again. The Council has already reviewed these applications under the new qualification criteria before notifying the applicants of the unsuccessful outcome.

Full details of the scheme and the criteria required are provided in the  Phase 2 Discretionary Business Support Grant Policy July 2020

If you meet the qualification criteria, please complete the application below.

BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE (courtesy of White Label)
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on 17 th July the next steps in the UK’s roadmap to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
 
Mr Johnson announced during his news conference that public transport was open to all with immediate effect, and that advice for employers around how employees can return to the workplace would be changing from 1 August.
 
Mr Johnson said: “Instead of government telling people to work from home, we’re going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely. That could mean continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely and which has worked for many employers and employees. Or it could mean making workplaces safe by following COVID-secure guidelines.
 
“Whatever employers decide, they should consult closely with their employees and only ask people to return to their place of work if it is safe. As we reopen our society and economy it is only right we give employers more discretion while continuing to ensure that employees are kept safe.”
 
Also from 1 August, bowling, skating rinks, casinos and beauticians can reopen – but nightclubs and soft play areas must remain closed. Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will be allowed to take place from next month, as well as outdoor performances.
 
Audiences will be able to watch indoor performances in theatres and other live venues from 1 August , it has also been announced.
 
Pilots will also be taking place in the coming days and weeks as the government intends to allow supporters to return to stadiums and conferences and other business events to recommence from October.
 
And from tomorrow local authorities will have new powers to shut public spaces and close down events so local lockdowns can be instigated faster.
 
You can read the government’s next chapter in its COVID-19 recovery strategy here .
PM's Speech  (courtesy of Cabinet Office)
 
The Prime Minister on 17 th July set out next steps in the Government's Covid-19 recovery strategy, including an update to 'Our Plan to Rebuild', originally published on 11 May and publication of the Contain Framework, setting out how local authorities and national Government will work together to manage local outbreaks. 
 
The PM's speech can be found at  bit.ly/2OECI2h
 
The next chapter in our plan to rebuild, setting out next steps on the Government's roadmap for responding to Covid-19 and how the Government is preparing for winter is available at:  bit.ly/30esVWg  
 
The Contain Framework setting out how national and local partners will work with the public at a local level to prevent, contain and manage outbreaks can be
found at  bit.ly/32qpHl4
ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND GUIDANCE (courtesy of White Label)

UK Internal Market Consultation
Government is consulting on new measures to protect internal trade within the UK when powers return from the EU in January 2021. Measures will protect the UK’s economy by preventing new burdens on cross-UK business and provide certainty to support coronavirus recovery. The proposals aim to ensure that devolution can continue to work for everyone; that all devolved policy areas stay devolved, while maintaining certainty for business by ensuring that rules and standards across the UK are mutually recognised, so that trade is as easy for business as possible. A 4-week consultation opened on 16 July, sourcing views from businesses across all 4 nations of the UK. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are consulting on the options set out in the white paper. Please respond by close of play on 13 August. Find the paper here .

Face coverings at work
Guidance on face covering, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus, the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored is available here . It is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to wear face coverings in England, although employers should consider recommending their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place. There is no universal face coverings guidance for workplaces because of the variety of work environments in different industries. Employers should continue to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to reduce the proximity and duration of contact between employees.

On 20 th July the Amazon Small Business Accelerator went live – a boost for small businesses in the UK. The programme will help 200,000 small businesses and startups through new online learning, an intensive week-long boot camp to help 1,000 offline businesses get online, and access to free services, credits, training and support: https://www.enterprisenation.com/accelerator/
Latest jobs and training opportunities (courtesy of Hounslow Council)
Harlequins Foundation are providing educational support and careers guidance for 16-24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.
Volunteers are required to be a trusted friend to a child in care 

Hounslow Council have launched a Care for Hounslow section on their website. It covers topics such as careers in care, care providers in Hounslow and current vacancies.   https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20048/adult_social_care/2185/care_for_hounslow (if the link does not work for you please copy and paste into your browser).
As London reopens, we want to help you make cycling part of your day.
You can use our cycle maps to get around:
  • Plan your journey to find out how to cycle from A to B and choose easy, moderate or fast cycle routes
  • Check our cycle map to find routes and Santander Cycle docking stations across London
We’re also creating more space for you to safely cycle through Streetspace for London and Cycleways.
And stay alert to the latest Government advice on how to stay safe.
To return to work – or not.
The challenge facing employers as we deal with the next phase of Covid-19

We would be delighted if you could join us for our webinar.

Date:  Wednesday 22 July 2020
Time:  9:00am - 10:00am
Agenda: The challenge facing employers now
Michelle Tudor - Partner in the employment team at Moore Barlow discusses how to deal with resistance from those employees who cannot, or do not want to return to work in the short and long term.

Panel discussion
Michelle Tudor speaks with Victoria Dunn - Head of Facilities and Premises at Moore Barlow about the pitfalls and opportunities of preparing the workplace for the staff that want to come back.

To register, please Click here
Oasis info on First-time Buyer Stamp Duty 

Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced several new initiatives to help jumpstart the economy. The main aim of his Summer Statement was to outline the government’s plan to stabilise the workforce and to stimulate new employment opportunities amid the ‘profound economic challenges’ that COVID 19 has brought about.

Council supports new bike scheme for NHS staff
Hounslow Council has delivered Brompton folding bikes to a number of local NHS staff to help them get to work safely during this pandemic. 
Along with identifying local NHS workers who require the bikes and delivering the bikes to them, the Council has been offering cycle training to ensure those who are new to cycling are road confident and safe.

Brompton Bike Hire initiated the Wheel for Heroes campaign to support healthcare workers get to work safely during lockdown. 
Good News:
First Live Stream Wurlitzer Concert
Sunday 26th July 3.00pm
 
Join Chris Barber, our Director of Music and resident organist for a concert of popular tunes drawn from stage and screen, broadcast LIVE on YouTube and Twitter  from the Musical Museum in London!
Chris is well known for his melodic playing and romantic styling of popular songs from motion picture scores, a talent which has taken him to venues all over the UK and the USA. Enjoy an afternoon of music where the emphasis is very much on melody and harmony, from the comfort of your own home.

​Our first ever live stream event will be completely free to attend - you can access it simply by subscribing to our new channel.  If you would like to support us, and access future concerts and events, please consider subscribing via Patreon.
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.

Click here  for a personal message from Clayton Hotel CEO, Pat McCann, outlining the measures now in place at Clayton Hotel Chiswick.

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