Webinars coming up:
Power Hour Networking Hounslow - Thrive in a crisis
Wednesday 17th March from 10:00am - 11:00am 

Join us for this informal networking event to help you create the success that you want in your business as lockdown lifts!
Our topic this month will be: How To Thrive In A Crisis
We have a very special speaker for you. Paul Harris who hosts the blogs 'And Breathe' and 'Anxiety & the Brain' talk. Paul has some very helpful tips and tricks to help you overcome any anxiety and uncertainty you may be facing. It’s short and sweet and packed with great tips.
Surround yourself with local successful business owners to boost conversation, improve your thinking and explore opportunities to collaborate. Come and join us!
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 in our daily lives. Please come along to our webinar ‘Making Tech work for you’ to learn more!

Speakers and topics include:

  • Arash Ghazanfari, CTO, UK Presales, Dell Technologies, how Dell Technologies can help organisations accelerate their digital transformation initiatives by building a strong foundation to take advantage of the emerging digital economy in a post pandemic world
  • Mark Lumley, Head of Digital & IT, Hounslow Council: Digital Inclusion, connectivity and some of the ways of working and transformation in the council
  • Elie Kfoury is the CEO and founder of Intellicasa Ltd, which won the Best Tech Business Award in the 1019/2020 Business Awards. Elie comes from an engineering background and has always had a fascination towards technology and loves nothing more than solving technical problems. IntelliCasa has been a leading force in SMART automation designing and installing bespoke systems from state-of-the-srt gyms in Monaco to high tech offices such as Venture X Chiswick Park.
  • Andrew Wytyczak- Partyka - CEO of CodeWave has been at the helm of this successful web development firm since 2008. His experience in solving problems of both scalability and performance led to multiple successful projects and long-term cooperation with giants like Tesco, Unilever, Credit Agricole Bank and other globally recognized brands. Andrew's areas of expertise include: bespoke application development, web development, cloud solutions
Share your views on the draft visions for the future of Hounslow’s Town Centres

Local businesses, residents, workers and visitors are being invited to have their say on exciting draft town centre visions for:
  • Brentford
  • Chiswick
  • Feltham
  • Hounslow  

The visions will help our town centres to evolve, thrive and innovate to meet current and future challenges and to guide future interventions and projects, which is linked to the Council’s plans for economic stabilisation and future growth of the borough.

It is vital that residents, workers, visitors and businesses participate in this survey to help guide the future character and offer of our town centres. Visit the website to see the draft visions and give your feedback.  If you are unable to complete the online form, please email your comments to towncentre.management@hounslow.gov.uk.

This engagement phase continues until 15 March.
Hounslow Business Support Grants

As you may be aware the Government has announced a further one off payment for some businesses for the period 16 January to 31 March 2021. We are waiting for Government guidance before the Council can release any payments. 

When further information on these additional grants is available it will be circulated on this newsletter and the below webpage will be updated.

Hounslow EU Settlement Service – the Cititzens Advice Bureau can help! 
Do you need help with your application? All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK before 31 December 2020, and their families, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
WEBINAR: Friday 19th March | 09:30AM 

During this 20 minute masterclass, our business recovery expert, Simon Underwood, will address the following:
  • How to identify and react to signs of financial distress
  • How to assess the viability of your business
  • Why effective scenario planning is so important
  • The actions to consider in order to improve financial performance

Book now and discover how to lead a remote team

"Remote" and "team" do not naturally complement each other. But, as necessity dictates, it is highly likely your organisation is operating this way. So how do leaders flex their style to suit this quite contradictory situation and what can you do to keep your team motivated and engaged.

Join our host Amanda Downs on 17th March to unlock this fascinating subject and discover the most effective way for leaders to lead a remote team.

Uspire Discover...how to lead a remote team
Wednesday 17th March
09:30am - 11:30 GMT

Uspire Discover... will be hosted by Colin Wright, Uspire's Chair, and Amanda Downs, Uspire's Director of Commercial Leadership.

09:30 - Connect & Welcome to Uspire & The Uspire Network - Colin Wright/Amanda Downs
09:35 - Discover...how to lead a remote team - Session 1 - Amanda Downs
10:20 - Break
10:30 - Discover...how to lead a remote team - Session 1 - Amanda Downs
11:15 - Q&A - Colin Wright/Amanda Downs
11:25 - Book your FREE 1-hour Uspire Network coaching session
11:30 - Close
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Robin has been busy programming the next six months or so and can now share some of the events they have planned. These include a funding workshop, a life drawing session, and approaches to social media and working with larger companies. 
Don't miss the news and opportunities section either. There are some open calls, social media workshops from the very interesting Echo, and a freelancer role.
If you've got any ideas for networking or business development events you'd like to see or even help deliver, get in touch - Robin (robin@watermans.org.uk)
How help to bye 2.0 could help
You get on the ladder
Having already enabled over 365,400 first-time buyers to get on the property ladder since its launch in 2013, the updated version of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme is poised to help thousands more this year.
Awarding winning developer, Barratt London, anticipates a flood of demand from buyers in the coming months, as the improved Help to Buy scheme comes into effect from 1 April 2021. One of the major changes in the scheme is its exclusivity to first-time buyers to ensure only those who genuinely need a government loan will be entitled.
In addition, new regional price caps under the revised scheme aim to maintain Help to Buy values at an affordable level, bespoke to each local housing market. This will mean that buyers can only use the initiative to purchase a new-build home costing no more than 1.5 times the average first-time buyer house price in their region.
Running until 31 March 2023, the scheme remains one of the capital’s pivotal routes to homeownership for many Londoners stuck in ‘generation rent’. Ed McCoy, Sales Director at Barratt West London said: “Saving for a deposit is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, and this feels even harder in a time of economic hardship. The ability to purchase a property with just a 5 per cent deposit means fewer arduous years of saving, whilst often trapped in smaller properties with high rents to pay. Young families and couples can finally get a place to call home, with the space and quality that a new-build development can provide.”
Under Help to Buy, prospective homeowners can borrow up to 40 per cent in London up to the value of £600,000. This is an interest-free loan for the first five years, and then interest fees start at 1.75 per cent and rise each year in April by the Consumer Prices Index plus 2 per cent. This means with a 5 per cent deposit, a mortgage would only be needed on 55 per cent of the property’s value. This is an incredible lifeline when considering that last year properties in London had an overall average price of £670,601, with sold prices 6% up on the previous year.
Barratt London has a number of current schemes in Greater London offering Help to Buy, including High Street Quarter; a £210million mixed-use development set to transform the centre of Hounslow. Built around a new public square, the development will be a stone’s throw from a raft of new shops, restaurants, cafes, and state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, whilst conveniently just a 5-minute walk from Hounslow East tube station. First-time buyers can choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom properties here from just £349,000.
For further information visit www.barrattlondon.com for a virtual viewing or call 0330 057 6666.
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