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


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
More panellists to be announced.


If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
The Discretionary Business Support Grant for small and microbusiness in Hounslow borough is still open.
The new Grant is intended to aide those businesses who have so far not been able to benefit from funding from central government during the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to qualify small and microbusinesses must meet a stringent set of criteria designed to target the funding at those businesses who have suffered the greatest loss of income as a result of Covid-19. Hounslow has been awarded £1.8m and will be distributing grants of £25,000, £10,000 and £5,000 depending on businesses property costs, this will provide support to an estimated 200 businesses. 
 
 Please read the Discretionary Business Support Grant Policy May 2020 to make sure your business qualifies before making an application.
 
We urge you to get your applications in quickly as the deadline for applications is approaching.
 
Advice for businesses and venues reopening on Saturday 4 July
From 4 July hospitality businesses, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes, will be allowed to reopen, but must continue to follow strict social distancing and safety guidance to keep customers and staff safe. 

All indoor hospitality businesses will be table service only, and contact between staff and customers should be limited. Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter a pub or restaurant, in the event that a local outbreak is detected. 

Businesses will be expected to monitor crowd density in their premises, especially at bottleneck points - such as doorways.

The following businesses will be permitted to open, provided they have the necessary coronavirus secure protection in place:  
  • All indoor and outside hospitality that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside. This includes restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and workplace canteens 
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses 
  • Places of Worship (Weddings of up to 30 people allowed – providing social distancing is followed) 
  • Community Centres, libraries, and social clubs 
  • Hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses 
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls, though live performances are not to take place 
  • Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities 
  • Outdoor gyms and playgrounds 
  • Museums and galleries 
  • Bingo halls 
  • Outdoor skating rinks 
  • Amusement arcades and other entertainment centres 
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres 
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios, landmarks, and model villages

A full list of businesses that can open from 4 July and those that must remain closed, can be found  here
The Government has also issued  updated guidance for businesses beginning the process of reopening from the coronavirus lockdown.  

These guides for businesses cover the basic steps to reopening, with more specific guides focussing on different types of businesses. You can access each of the guides below: 

Vehicles   

Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. Use this  guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.

There is also a  downloadable poster that can be displayed on your premises to inform staff and customers you are staying coronavirus secure.

You can find more information about the support available for businesses, self-employed and employees on our  website.
Sick pay help for small businesses
Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave are able to claim back the money.  

The scheme allows small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 members of staff, to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay for two weeks.  

This is worth nearly £200 per employee.  

To get the rebate, employers will need to go online and input simple information on the employees being claimed for.  

You can find out more about the scheme on the Government’s  website .
Mobile testing unit - next available dates
The coronavirus test centres form an essential part of the national testing programme and in addition to ongoing testing centres, the mobile testing unit will be open on,  Monday 29 June  and  Tuesday 30 June  at Grasshoppers’ Rugby Club, Syon Lane, Osterley, Isleworth, TW7 5PN. 
   
Appointments are open for both Monday 29 June and Tuesday 30 June at Grasshoppers' Mobile Testing Unit from 8pm on Saturday 27 June. You can visit our  website  for more information on how to register and book your test. 
No barbecues permitted in Hounslow parks and open spaces
Hounslow Council is warning residents and visitors to avoid breaching the law concerning the usage of barbecues in parks and open spaces.

It is against longstanding local bylaws to light fires in any of the borough's parks and green spaces, protecting our parks, heathland, woodland and local wildlife from the risks of potential fires.

Barbecues have a negative impact on the environment as they emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover.

Please report any barbeques you see throughout green spaces to our Enforcement Team by visiting our website .
High Quality T-shirts starting at £2.50 

We have been approached by the Bangladesh High Commission to help a Bangladeshi company who has supplied 20,000 t-shirts (in all different colours and sizes) to the UK but the sale has now been frustrated and the t-shirts are in a warehouse, ready for delivery. If interested to learn more please contact: Saif Uddin saif@clsukservices.co.uk

For more details about the t-shirts please click here
From the reports in the newspapers there are around 450,000 people waiting to enter the property market, whether selling, buying, extending or renewing leases.

This week’s webinar will be about the property market with a panel of professionals. If you have entered the market or about to, this will be a good primer to enable you to make important decisions. 

Please join me on Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 3.00 pm Click here to register.

If you have missed any of our previous webinars, you can subscribe at https://bit.ly/3c1A2oH
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.

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.
Syon gardens

I re-discovered Syon Gardens over the weekend – well worth a visit!
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