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

25 th  June - Green Energy

Panellists include:
  • Derek Myers, CEO of Beond Group, initiators of Zero Carbon Project, are on a mission to help West London - the UK’s 2nd largest business district, become the greenest economy in the UK.
  • Cllr. Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency.
  • Colin Pearson, Brunel University, renewable energy in buildings
  • Mark Ormiston, Ormiston Wire, his ‘green’ journey
  • Mukesh Aggarwal, EWA Controls, filtration systems

2 nd July - Business Task Force: concentrating on the easing of lockdown in the hospitality sector

Panellists include:
  • Jane Jones, Director of Marketing at Fullers
  • Damian Frewer, GM, Holiday Inn Brentford Lock
  • Cllr. Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
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.

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.
Cabinet Office information: from  Saturday 4th July , the Prime Minister has announced that:

1)  Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines - updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here:  https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist

2)  Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures - updated guidance on social distancing can be found here:  https://bit.ly/SDUpdated

3)  People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites - guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here:  https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist

4)  In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres - guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here:  https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist

Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission. 

You can find the full press release here:  https://bit.ly/PMPressNotice

Driving the change towards Net Zero: apply for funding
The UK is seeking to put green technologies at the heart of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses can apply for a share of £15million to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors.

The government has launched the £80m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Driving the Electric Revolution to help businesses to meet this need.

The Challenge will accelerate the UK’s ability to deliver; next generation electric vehicles, hybrid aircraft, energy generation, smart grids, robotics and industrial drives, consumer products, low-carbon off-highway vehicles for construction and agriculture, low-carbon maritime and rail supporting the realisation of net zero targets through clean innovation.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15m co-funded from Driving the Electric Revolution and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to support business-led research that will develop supply chains and manufacturing capability for technologies across all sectors and to support the development of new technologies that enable zero-emission vehicles.

New plans to get Britain building in coronavirus recovery
Measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely will be introduced this week.

Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Building the homes the country needs is central to the mission of this government and is an important part of our plans to recover from the impact of the coronavirus.

“New laws will enable us to speed up the pace of planning appeals and save hundreds of construction sites from being cancelled before they have a chance to get spades in the ground, helping to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs and create many others.”
'Because I'm a Londoner' campaign 

A new citywide campaign  was launched last week to build consumer confidence and encourage a responsible recovery in consumer spending.

The campaign is led by an Alliance of more than 100 major London businesses and brought together by London & Partners and supported by the Mayor of London, London Councils and Transport for London.

Cllr Clare Coghill, London Councils Executive Member for Business, Europe and Good Growth said: “Many businesses have been dealt a huge blow as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we begin to emerge from lockdown, Londoners have a real opportunity to make a difference by supporting and celebrating hard-working local traders.”
Hounslow Citizens Advice is a charity with more than 80 year’s experience. Its dedicated team of staff and volunteers deliver vital advice and advocacy services to more than 9,000 Hounslow residents a year.

Currently we have two Trustee vacancies that we are looking to fill.  We are looking for Trustees with HR and/or Business development background and ideally from BAME and/or female population

For informal discussion and more information please feel free to contact our Chief Executive Aiman Elal  on 07825655125 or email address A.Elal@hounslowcabs.org.uk
Good News:
Firkin and Facemask – Daily Mail – 18 th March

I used to work for Bruce’s Brewery, which founded the Firkin pubs, back in the early 80s, so this cartoon means a great deal to me!
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