"As always, keep.up the great work!!" - Rajesh Ranjan Singh, Dreams Unlimited
"It was a great webinar." - KB Rafique, ALBAL Limited
Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:


Managing Debt - 6 th August
Open for business – With lockdown lifting, what’s next for business finance?

With SMEs taking on debt at record levels, the need for trusted advice is increasing. Over the coming months, businesses may need help and advice on how to manage their working capital, what the best options are for cash deposits, where to turn to get more funding, etc.

We will be discussing funding to pay suppliers and staff, how to fund marketing and promotion activity and get finance to help with the process of re-opening businesses and re-start trading activity. We want to hear from businesses that are looking at investments in technology. This can be technology to use internally amongst staff members to make remote working easier, or to improve the website and e-commerce capability to reach more customers online.

We are aware that through Government-backed lending schemes many businesses have taken on debt and some of them for the first time. If there is any support you need before or after the webinar, please consider exploring your options using the Hounslow Business Finance Finder: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/business-finance-finder  - the service is available 24/7 and a team of finance experts can help you navigate your options, to help you find the best deal for your business.

Panellists include:
  •  Marcus Gruenwald, Finpoint
  • Tony Ryan, Branduin Business Support
  • Nick Woolf, Nicholas Woolf Solicitors
  • Mukesh Malhtora, Thamesbank Credit Union
  • Alan Rides, Hounslow Chamber
 
Re-boot, Recover & Grow – with an Ealing bias - 27 th August

Panellists to be announced.


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


Re-boot Business Breakfast - 12 th August at 9:30am - 11:00am
Venture X, Building 7, Chiswick Park,566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5YG

We are so pleased to be able to hold another face to face networking event. The last time we were all together was 10th March!
BUSINESS BRIEFING FROM GOVERNMENT UPDATES (courtesy of White Label)

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and shopping centres, as well as on public transport and indoor transport hubs.

The new law came into effect this morning, and face coverings must also be worn when in banks, building societies and post offices

They must also be worn when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops - but not in hospitality settings, including restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. They are also not required in entertainment venues (such as cinemas or casinos), visitor attractions (such as heritage sites or museums), exercise and sports venues (such as gyms).

Under-11s and those with disabilities and certain health conditions are not required to wear a face covering.

Shops, supermarkets and other premises where face coverings are required are encouraged to take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law and are allowed to refuse entry to anyone who does not have a valid exemption.

Transport operators are also allowed to deny passengers access to their public transport services if they are not wearing a face covering.

Find out more here .
Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

Eligible groups are urged to get their free flu vaccine every year, however with COVID-19 still in circulation, this year’s campaign will be particularly vital to protect the most vulnerable and reduce the number of people needing flu treatment from the NHS:
        
• Expanded flu vaccination programme to protect vulnerable people and support the NHS
• Free vaccine to be made available for people aged 50 to 64 later in the year
• Households of those on the shielded patient list eligible for free flu vaccination and school programme expanded to the first year of secondary schools for the first time.
        
Find out more here .
Government COVID-secure webinars for close contact workplaces

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to recap COVID-secure guidance for hospitality, salons and other close contact workplaces on how to operate safely and to hear your feedback on implementing the guidance in practice, and where you would seek further clarification.

  • Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services: 11am Tuesday 28 July – How to make your workplace COVID-secure. This webinar will provide guidance for close contact services, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. Register here.

  • Working safely during Coronavirus: Restaurants, Pubs and Bars: 3pm, Tuesday 28 July – How to make your workplace COVID-secure. This webinar provides guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes & takeaways. Register here.

  • A new webinar on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is also now available here.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND GUIDANCE

Conferences and business events to restart
Business events and conferences can resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels. More information is available here

Test and Trace in the workplace update
Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace includes a new section on collecting customer and visitor data, and with information on if a worker develops symptoms and orders a test.

Safe working in care homes and domiciliary care
Guidance on how to work safely in care homes and in domiciliary care has been updated to include the recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in these settings.

Updated guidance for hotels and guest accommodation
Guidance on how to work safely in the visitor economy and in hotels and other guest accommodation has been updated to include guidance on business events and meetings.

PPE and test and trace updates for education, childcare and children's social care providers
Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care has been updated to clarify advice on the system of controls measures including PPE and the NHS test and trace process.
Companies House phone line has reopened
Their telephone contact line has reopened on 0303 123 4500 and enquiries can be emailed to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk . Find out more here .

Working in vehicles guidance updated
Updates include the change in working from home, when to wear face coverings and work related travel. Find out more here .

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice
The notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure has been updated to reflect the change in guidance of working from home. Find the notice here .

Guidance on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme updated
Links to further support from HMRC through the webchat service and helpline and to include information that businesses can apply the discount to soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises.
R&D Tax Relief and Benefits

R&D is a Corporation Tax (CT) tax relief that may reduce your company’s tax bill if your company is liable for CT or, in some circumstances, you may receive a payable tax credit. click here for more information
The Business Show 2020 is continuing to bring you all the information you need to make sure you're fully prepared for the challenges presented by what is now undoubtedly a very different climate!


Have a look on their #HelpHub for business during COVID-19 , sponsored by Dell , to check out their latest webinars, they hope you'll find it useful... 
Osterley Library to reopen from Monday 27 July

Osterley Library is to reopen its doors on Monday after being closed since March due to lockdown requirements. Health and safety measures will be in place which include; social distancing, frequent cleaning, a limit on the number of people entering at once and reduced opening hours.

The library will be open 10am-3pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Family offer for Hounslow residents to enjoy London Transport Museum's Depot

The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton Town, which is rarely open to the public, will be throwing open its doors for a special 10-day summer family fun season for the first time from 19 August.

Families living in Hounslow can enjoy 1/3 off adult and child tickets when they book their timed tickets online and we are keen to let people know they can benefit from the offer if they are thinking of visiting.

Find out more and book on the London Transport Museum website .
Hounslow Chamber members receive a 20% discount on masks. They have plenty in stock and can get them to you within 24 hours if necessary. Please quote: 20%OFFHOUNSLOW

Click here for more details  
Good News:
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  to see the safety 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