Webinar coming up:
Security: Cyber & Physical Webinar
Thursday 25th March at 10:00am - 11:00am


Nearly a quarter of SMEs could not survive cyber attack 
 
  • New research from Vodafone shows that nearly a quarter of SMEs said they would likely go bust if they were forced to deal with the average cost of a cyber-attack. 
  • 16% of businesses said they would need to lay-off staff to cover costs of a cyber-attack. 
 
Having been a victim of a physical scam back in July, I fully appreciate the risks, the emotional upheaval and the feeling of stupidity.
 
 
Speakers to include:

  • Timeless – Speaker tbc
  • Identity Destruction Ltd – John Cauchi - speaking on Identity Destruction's secure shredding service. Click here to see a message from John
HMRC have published important information for employers on GOV‌‌‌.UK, which includes:

Supporting West London Businesses During the Pandemic
 
The past year has been anything but easy. But, buoyed by the government’s ‘roadmap’ strategy, many entrepreneurs are now doubling down with renewed optimism and forging ahead.
 
The good news is, entrepreneurs in Hounslow benefit from an established business culture that has become known as a hub for creative industries, along with exemplary transport connections to Central and Greater London and the rest of the UK, providing fertile ground for growing businesses and startups.
 
Indeed, while it may seem strange to launch a business during a pandemic, that’s exactly what thousands of people are doing.
 
More than 101,000 new UK businesses were created between October and December 2020, 24% more than the same period in 2019 (ONS). This is for many different reasons, but among them, 69% of new entrepreneurs said that lockdown gave them the push they needed to start a business, according to Virgin Startup.
 
At UBC, we work with businesses of all sizes and industries from our offices in Brentford, and it’s clear that the West London region has no shortage of innovative entrepreneurs who are continuing to adapt and rise to the current challenges.
 
We are seeing regular enquiries from businesses for our flexible office space in The Mille (Brentford), particularly from small business owners and startup entrepreneurs who need flexible office space because they don’t have a suitable or quiet enough space to work at home.
 
With short terms, affordable all-inclusive pricing, and the ability to change upsize (or downsize) quickly and easily, workplace flexibility is becoming an essential part of every company’s growth plan going forward.
 
We are happy to have the opportunity to support the current needs and future growth plans of West London businesses, and we look forward to helping local business owners move forwards to a stronger ‘new normal’ in 2021, and beyond.
 
If you are starting, running or growing a business and want help with workspace or growth support, contact the UBC team at ubcuk.com.
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