"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 webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:
Re-boot, Recover & Grow – for Ealing businesses - 27th August with Chiswickbuzz

  • Branduin Business Support – Nauzar Manekshaw
  • Contactus Ealing – Carlene Bender
  • Ealing Council - Connor McDonagh, Assistant Director for Economic Growth
  • John Martin Estates - John J Martin
  • Metro Bank - Sanjeev Panesar, Area Director – West London
  • West London Local Chambers – Alan Rides
Back Heathrow will be hosting an interactive Facebook live event on September 4 at 11.00am. Alan and I will be with Parmjit Dhanda, discussing the impact of Heathrow’s current downturn on local businesses, and what local Chambers of Commerce can do to help revive our economy. We’ll keep you posted with news on the event, and how to book.
HR webinar - 10th September with Peninsula

Some of the talking points will include:

  • The latest COVID secure guidelines
  • Managing employee contract changes within the current legal framework
  • Steps you can take to ensure staff feel safe on their return to work
  • Potential risks to your business if operating outside of the latest guidance
  • How to meet new employment laws and manage your workplace in a rapidly changing business landscape

During the session, you can submit questions about COVID-19 directly to an HR or employment law expert

All registrants get the chance to claim a one-to-one video conference with a Peninsula consultant for advice on how to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Finpoint - Export Business Finance Finder

More lenders. Less hassle. Comparing business finance made easy. - USPs - help get the funding you need during these difficult times.
Business Grant Scheme closes soon

The Government has announced the closure of the Business Grant Scheme. Friday, 28 August is the last date for your applications to be submitted. After this date the scheme will be closed. Any applications / payments still being processed will be concluded by 30 September 2020. 

Two new leadership programmes to help Small Businesses grow

As the Covid-19 crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes, at this crucial time in the UK’s economic recovery.
The Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Network scheme aim to enhance resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19, and enable SMEs to develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

Enterprise Steps - London

A tailored programme of free support to new and established enterprises based in London, offering guidance to support growth.
Specialised mentoring and advice to help SMEs to survive, prosper and grow. Across three stages, the programme of delivery is tailored to each individual enterprise’s needs, from the following areas of support such as tailored workshops, masterclasses, networking etc.

Leisure Centres in Hounslow

The Council knows that lots of you are eager for the leisure centres and swimming pools to reopen across the Borough. In the words of Cllr Curran, Leader of the Council: We continue to work closely with Fusion and make progress on plans for a phased reopening. We’re unable to give specific dates at this time, I know this is disappointing news, but the safety of our residents and communities is paramount and ensuring these plans fully comply with Public Health England and Government guidance.

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Be warned! (courtesy of BrentfordTW8)

There has been a significant rise in the number of catalytic converter thefts in the Brentford, Isleworth and Osterley areas recent/y to the extent that it is being described as an epidemic.

Vehicles of choice are Lexus, Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz hybrid cars, and some owners reportedly have now had catalytic converters stolen for a second time, prompting them to put the car up for sale.

The parts are being stolen to strip them down for the valuable metals they contain such as Platinum and Palladium, which can be double the value of gold. It can take around 60 seconds for the convertor to be stolen.
From furlough to firm: How to integrate your employees back into work
Wednesday 26 August 2020,at 12.45 pm – 1.30pm
Designed to prevent mass redundancies, the end date for the government furlough scheme is looming. Those companies who are introducing staff back into the workplace are faced with several challenges.  
During this panel discussion, we will discuss what steps need to be taken when welcoming employees back. Should they be re-inducted into the company? How do you look after their mental wellbeing? What needs to be done to ensure there is a smooth transition? How do you manage resentment between those who have remained in their post throughout the pandemic and those returning?  
The expert panel: 
- Karen Jackson, HR Director, Reed Specialist Recruitment 
- Danni Cripps, Head of HR, Holmes Care Group 
- Claire Wojciuk, Head of HR UK, France & Belgium, McArthurGlen Group 
Do not miss out on this free advice webinar, register your place here.  
In recent weeks the government has implemented targeted local lockdowns in areas showing signs of a spike in the spread of coronavirus. While this is preferable to a second national lockdown, it can still be extremely disruptive to your business. 

Weighing in on fitness

The government has revealed its Better Health strategy, aimed at improving the nation’s fitness after the ‘wakeup call’ of COVID-19
Are you up to date with the furlough scheme?

The furlough scheme has been a lifeline for many employers and employees, but it has not been easy to understand.
An update from Vinay Tanna:

As we experience the English monsoon weather, we suddenly notice that September is nearly upon us. School is back, traffic returns to a crawl and we see no end to us de-masking.

As we get used to the new normal, I wanted to let you know of some articles about recent developments which might be of interest.

Pre-nuptial agreements
This is not just for the happy couple to think about but also those parents who have put their hard earned cash into their children’s properties which need protecting. Pre-nups are a good wealth protection strategy for the whole family.

Commercial Leases

With so much flexi working, home office and weariness of travelling on public transport, is the office commercial lease dead? - More flexi leases, more Regus type set ups and more licences.

Read our article on Tips and Traps on Commercial Leases here

Finally, our Head of Residential Property Gurdev Mann is featured in Let’s talk Business(page 20) – He talks about the purchase of your most important and expensive asset, your home. Stamp duty changes, property markets under Covid and continued challenges in the market.

If you have any questions please call me on 020 3962 0148 or complete our Free Online Enquiry and I will soon be in touch.

Keep safe and healthy.
Good News:
Please see our latest business magazine – Let’s Talk Business. Hard copies will be in the post to all Chamber members. The next issue will be October, if you have any interesting stories/contracts won, please let us know.

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