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

26 th May - Security: Cyber & Physical -




If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
New Traffic Measures in Hounslow (courtesy of Brentford Voice)

London Borough of Hounslow have issued a consultation on a range of new traffic measures to improve road safety and help social distancing. This subject will become more important as people return to work, as such LBH are actively seeking your views on where more space is needed so people can get around safely. Consequently, we would encourage you to respond with your thoughts and issues on this very important matter. 

The consultation can be found at: -


They are seeking views on where more space is needed so people can get around safely on foot or by bicycle. 

This consultation is unusual in that it invites responders to identify an issue or area on an interactive map. It then asks you to pick the issue you have identified, which can range from lack of space for cycling, congested pavements, lack of space for walking, high vehicle speeds, unorganised queueing outside shops and so forth. It then asks how it makes you feel and what measures you could help promote safe physical distancing.

Some of the key measures already introduced include:

  • Suspending some parking along Turnham Green Terrace and in Hounslow West to provide wider pavements.
  • Implementing the permanent closure to vehicle access to Wellesley Road at its junction with the South Circular.  
  • Amending bus lane hours across the borough to extend to 24/7 where possible.
  • Close the road passing through Dukes Meadows Park in Chiswick at the tunnel under the rail line.  
  • Looking to reintroduce adult cycle training, with a focus on keyworkers, as soon as possible. 
More updates from the Cabinet Office

BEIS working safely webinars:   https://bit.ly/BEISWebinars
Following on from the government's recent publication of workplace guidance, produced in consultation with industry, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses make their workplace COVID-secure.

The webinars cover a range of types of workplace settings that are allowed to be open. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of the guides/webinars as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

Webinars start from Wednesday 27th May and will run until Tuesday 2nd June - for more details and to  sign up, please use the link above. 

Future Fund launch:   https://bit.ly/CV19FFLaunch
The government’s £500 million Future Fund opens for applications today with innovative and high-growth British businesses able to secure investment to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak.

UK-based companies can now apply for a convertible loan of between £125,000 and £5 million, to support continued growth and innovation in sectors as diverse as technology, life sciences and the creative industries.

To amplify this message, please do consider sharing a recent tweet from Treasury highlighting this opportunity:  https://bit.ly/CV19FFTweet

Fast Start Competition: https://bit.ly/CV19FastStart
In addition to the Future Fund, Ministers have allocated £40 million through the Fast Start Competition to drive forward new technological advances, and to support innovative start-ups, including a virtual-reality surgical training simulator and an online farmers’ market platform. 
Following recent Government announcements, over the past few weeks we have tried to speak with as many businesses as possible to update you on our plan to help London re-open carefully, safely and sustainably and to listen to what you need from us.

During the course of those conversations we have described how we are increasing service levels. We also explained that the public transport system will need to operate very differently because of the huge reduction in capacity as a result of the national requirement to maintain 2 metres distance between passengers wherever possible.

We have also discussed the help we need from you and your employees. Your feedback has been extremely helpful - thank you.

Please find attached a short briefing which brings this information together. I hope it will help to inform your plans and aid your discussions with employees over the coming weeks.

As Government advice changes we will update this briefing and share it with you.

DAILY BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 PRESS CONFERENCE (courtesy of White Label)

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds will join a new taskforce aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again. Speaking at today’s Downing Street press conference, Mr Dowden said five new ministerial-led taskforces had been set up to develop blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues could reopen safely.

He said: “We are determined to do all we can to help our sectors that are such an incredible part of British life in their recovery. The taskforce is made up of some of the brightest and best from the cultural, sporting and tech worlds. Experts in their fields, they’ll be instrumental in identifying creative ways to get these sectors up and running again.

The Culture Secretary also announced today that £150million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes accelerating the release of £71m of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79m already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.

The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.
Mobile test centre available in Isleworth this weekend  
The mobile coronavirus test centres will be available again this weekend.  

When:  Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 10.30am-3.30pm  

Where : Grasshoppers’ Rugby Club, Syon Lane, Osterley, Isleworth, TW7 5PN.  

There is a mixture of walk-in and drive-through appointments available.  

Tests should be taken within five days of developing symptoms as this is when the test is most accurate.  

Testing for key workers and their families:    
Symptomatic people who are key workers, those who cannot work from home and, people over 65, and members of their households are able to get tested for coronavirus and can book an appointment via the  self-referral portal .  

Testing for members of the public:  
The government has now extended its testing programme to include any members of the public aged 5 and over. Please register via the  NHS website

Once you register and book your appointment via the self-referral portal or NHS website you will receive a 16-digit code text message. At the testing site, you will need to show your 16-digit code text message to staff members as confirmation for the test.
If you have any difficulty or any questions about testing, please email  publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk  
Good News:
Sadia Barlow Photography has raised over £1K for NHS Charities Together by taking Doorstep Portraits in Hounslow. People were asked to volunteer and they packed in two solid days of photography. Sadia and Ian are so pleased to have raised so much money! The images are lovely, please click here:
 
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.