“I appreciate all the COVID-19 updates from the Chamber. It takes a crisis like this to really demonstrate the value you bring to members.” - John Coles, Kew Bridge Travel
Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz webinars
All are free, run for 60 minutes and start at 10:00 am:

Arts & Culture - 9th July

Britain’s theatres, galleries and music venues have been thrown a £1.57bn lifeline as the government attempts to halt an unemployment crisis. The package will include £880m in grants and £270m in loans, and will cover the 2020-2021 tax year to help venues while their “doors remain closed and curtains remain down”.

Please come along to what promises to be a stimulating discussion.

  • Torin Douglas MBE, director of Chiswick Book Festival and until 2013, the media correspondent for the BBC for, 24 years.
  • Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Lead Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council
  • Sophie Denney of Richmond Theatre
  • Leslie Feore of Syon Park and Gardens
  • Ginette Kentish of the Musical Museum
  • Liz Power of the London Museum of Water and Steam

Health & Wellbeing - 16th July

Lockdown has now lasted for over 100 days, the retail/hospitality sectors are beginning to open – are you confident to return to a pub? Please register to take part in the discussion.

Skills & Training / Transform & Innovate - 23rd July

Last week 12,000 job losses were announced. Hounslow is going to be particularly hard hit owing to its proximity to Heathrow. Please register to have your voice heard.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:  https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
The Chancellor delivered his Summer Economic Update in Parliament today, which outlined a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. (courtesy of Cabinet Office)
Key points to note:

  • Job Retention Bonus: To help firms keep on furloughed workers, UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.
  • Kickstart Scheme: A new £2 billion scheme will also be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.
  • Employment and support schemes: A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job. 
  • Creating jobs: The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects. In addition, £5.8 billion will be spent on shovel-ready construction projects to get Britain building.
  • Eat Out to Help Out: To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants the Government’s new discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.
  • VAT: The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%. 
  • Stamp Duty: A temporary increase to the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT (Stamp Duty) from £125,000 to £500,000 has been introduced until 31 March 2021. 

Full details of the announcement can be found here:  https://bit.ly/CXPlanForJobs
False Covid-19 reports. Despite reports to the contrary infection numbers in the borough of Ealing remain very low and there is no evidence at all of a spike – please see statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Julian Bell
Any decision on a local lockdown, and we certainly don’t expect there to be one, would be made by central government, not the council.
Facebook live, with the Shadow Aviation Minister

Back Heathrow is pleased to provide you with a chance to pose questions to Mike Kane MP, the Shadow Aviation Minister. Mike, the Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to address the crisis in aviation for Back Heathrow supporters.

All being well, the live session will take place via our Facebook page at 11am-11.30am on Friday 10 th July. At this crucial moment for aviation and our economy, we would welcome your questions via a reply to this email or live in the Facebook feed during the interview.
We are delighted to invite you to the 2k Tiger and Hounslow Chamber's Lexpert Session (Learning from an expert), presented in online form and supported by Port Designs and One Golf Club.

Good News:
Housing developer Barratt London, who have the High Street Quarter development in Hounslow, have been awarded 5-stars in the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) annual New Home Survey for the eleventh year running.
To receive 5 Stars over 90% of their homeowners had to agree that they would recommend Barratt to a friend.
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.
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