Webinars coming up:
Green Circular Economy Webinar
Friday 12th March from 10:00am - 11:00am

Our webinar is sponsored by Zapp World who have developed the most innovative method to sort out waste. Zapp World is a west London Social Enterprise, setting out to tackle the global climate change and waste management crises by empowering transformational change at scale, now. Their at-source and fuel-less ClearWaste technology treats all kinds of waste, anywhere, at no harmful cost to the environment.  It really is impressive!

The Green Economy is defined as “a system of economic activities connected with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services that results in a better human wellbeing in the long term, to avoid exposing the future generations to significant environmental risks and to the ecologic shortage”, while the circular economy represents “a development strategy that provides for the economic growth without increasing the consumption of resources and reducing the impact on the environment.”

Speakers:
  • ReLondon
  • Zapp World
  • Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet member for Communities, Climate Change at Hounslow Council
  • Green Chilly – cooling technology
  • CLS – jute products
Making Tech work for you - Webinar
Thursday 18th March from 10:00 am - 11:00am

Working remotely for the past 12 months has brought it home to all of us, the importance of tech to our daily lives. Please come along to our webinar ‘Making Tech work for you’ to learn more!

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Wytyczak - Partyka of CodeWave
  • Elie Kfoury of IntelliCasa 
  • Arash Ghazanfari of Dell Technologies
Workplace testing – register before 31 March

You can access QUICK, FREE and REGULAR workplace testing for you and your staff if your employees do not have COVID-19 symptoms and they cannot work from home. Getting a rapid test every few days will help to contain the spread of the virus and protect you, your loved ones, your colleagues and your customers.

You must register on or before 31 March 2021.

You can register to order tests if:
  • your business is registered in England
  • your employees cannot work from home


Do not use this service if you or your employees have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should order an individual test and stay at home.

Budget 2021 sets path for recovery

On 3 March,  the Chancellor set out a £65 billion three-point plan to provide support for jobs and businesses.

Highlights :
  • Coronavirus Job Support Scheme extended to September 2021 across the UK.
  • UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme extended to September 2021, with 600,000 more people (who filed a tax return in 2019-20) now able to claim for the first time.
  • £5 billion for new Restart Grants – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
  • Extension to the VAT cut to 5% for hospitality, accommodation and attractions across the UK until the end of September, followed by a 12.5% rate for a further six months until 31 March 2022.
  • Extension of the Film & TV Production Restart scheme in the UK, with an additional £300 million to support theatres, museums and other cultural organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund.
  • More than doubling the legal limit for single contactless payments, from £45 to £100
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million, and asset and invoice finance between £1,000 and £10 million, to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.

Work from home guidance & employer responsibility

Under current Government restrictions, you must stay at home for work purposes where it is reasonable for you to do your job at home. Employers must support employees to work from home and in turn employees must work at home when they are able to. Anyone who can work from home should do so, particularly where they may have worked from home during previous lockdown periods.

  • Employers should continue to implement a clear policy in compliance with the Government’s working from home guidelines.
  • Where employees are working from home, employers should continue to ensure that these employees receive access to the same level of support and direction that would be available in their traditional place of work. 
  • Where employees are reasonably required to come into work, consideration should still be given by employers to reduced hours/flexible working patterns and other ways of reducing the need for employees to be on business premises. 
  • Employers should not force employees to come into their regular place of work where they can reasonably carry out their job duties from home. Rather, employers should remain as flexible and as fair as possible.

For current government guidance in making your work and workplace COVID-secure, including working from home information, visit


or Email healthandsafety@hounslow.gov.uk if you or your business requires further support.
Event: FiveC's Branding Workshop Online - Brunel University and Bridging the GAP
Date: 16/03/2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Summary: The workshop, in collaboration with the entrepreneurial programme Bridging the GAP and Brunel University London, will introduce the principles and strategic roles of branding.

Event: Let’s Get together and Co-Innovate with Social Media speaker Corrie Jones
Date: 25/03/2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Summary: Join our Let's Get Together and Co-Innovate Networking webinar to network with like-minded businesses with our guest speaker Corrie Jones which will help you create content that will keep your customers hooked.
News Flash! – The second round of applications for the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) closed on 22 February 2021. We are still waiting for government to confirm if there will a third round. 
 
Please contact Business Rates: email: businessrates@lbhf.gov.uk or telephone: 020 8753 6681 option 6, Business Grants: H&F Business.Grants@lbhf.gov.uk if you have any questions or need updates about the following Grants.

  • Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs (CSP)
  • Government Film and TV Production Restart Scheme
  • Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) Addendum
  • Tier 2 and 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)
John Dale has put a book together about how the Borough is coping with the pandemic, seen through the eyes of social media. It is in the public domain but the site compels the application of a minimum price, 99p. Any profit from the book itself will go to CW+ at West Middlesex Hospital.
 
Chiswick Flower Market March Newsletter

Spring is here. Things are looking up.

Next market – Sunday 2nd May

The next Chiswick Flower Market will be on Sunday 2nd May. By then, if the roadmap for easing lockdown goes to plan, groups of six will be able to meet up outdoors, the shops in and around Chiswick High Rd will be open again, the pubs and cafes will be able to serve outside and the majority of the adult population should have been vaccinated.

We will still be asking people to exercise social distancing and wear a mask.
Photograph - Anna Kunst


High Streets Task Force pick Chiswick Flower Market

We are delighted that the national High Streets Task Force has picked Chiswick Flower Market as an example of the kind of community project which is helping to revitalise its local high road, even during the pandemic.

The High Streets Task Force was commissioned by Government in 2019 as part of its Plan for the High Street, to redefine High roads in the era of online shopping. 

It has chosen the Chiswick Flower Market as a case study as it is a community led project set up by a group of local residents on an entirely voluntary basis, with no public funding and it has been successful in bringing business to Chiswick High Rd.

You can see the report on their website here.

Volunteers needed for May for Marshal duties

If you would like to be part of the Chiswick Flower Market success story, come and help us out on the day.

All ages needed. Email us at: admin@chiswickflowermarket.com to let us know if you are free to help out on Sunday 2 May. Markets first Sunday of every month.
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