Webinars coming up:
Local Chambers Networking

Thursday, 4th March 10:00am - 11:30am

Members- £10 per person
Non-Members – £15 per person

A great way to hear what Chambers are doing across a wider local area to support businesses and most importantly a way to grow your network and do more business.
These events are always popular so do try to be with us.
The way VAT is collected in the construction industry is changing from March‌‌ ‌2021. Now is the time to prepare for the VAT reverse charge for construction services.

Find out more by joining the following live webinar. You can ask questions throughout using the on-screen textbox.

How to apply the VAT reverse charge for construction services

We’ll provide an overview of how your construction business will be affected from March‌‌ ‌2021 and what you need to do about it now.


The following short videos, available on HMRC’s YouTube channel will provide help with record keeping:

 

Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are now open for pay periods in February ‌2021.

Claims for January are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until 1 ‌March.

Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar, which includes:

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to calculate what you can claim
  • how to make a claim.


We are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on: 

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to make a claim 
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.


During these interactive webinars you can ask questions using the on-screen text box and download handouts giving detailed examples and links to more information.

Afterwards we’ll also send you a link to a video recording of the webinars, in case you'd like to see any of it again.

We will continue to update our webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.
Have your say on exciting plans for major high streets in the borough

Local businesses and those who live and work in the borough are being invited to have their say on exciting town centre plans.

The first phase of the engagement generated 7,500 visitors to the Council’s commonplace engagement site and over 1,800 individual comments from residents, stakeholders and local businesses, who shared their ideas future of our four town centres.

Following the feedback received, workshops with teams across the Council and advice from its specialist consultants, the draft vision for each town centre has been designed around a number of themes, under which are proposed actions or projects.

The next stage of feedback on these themes and the associated ideas will help shape the final vision documents.

This 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.

The engagement launched on 19 February and runs until until 15 March.

Those who are unable to complete the online form, can email comments to towncentre.management@hounslow.gov.uk. Alternatively, please call 020 8583 3540 to make alternative arrangements.

The council is now inviting Ealing businesses to apply for a range of grants from a pot of £6.2m. Three grant schemes are targeted at businesses who have been severely impacted by the downturn in the aviation sector and its vast network of supply chain businesses, the creative, digital and cultural economy and a covid hardship scheme. Unlike previous grants, they now open to home-based businesses, freelancers, self-employed individuals, sole traders and limited company directors that we know comprise a huge part of our economy and continue to suffer hardship due to restrictions. You can read more about the schemes and find a link to the application page here and I would urge you to cascade amongst your networks so this grant opportunity reaches as many Ealing businesses as possible.
 
Also today, we go live on the consultation of the council’s draft plan for economic recovery and renewal aka ‘the Greenprint’. This plan was officially launched by our Leader Cllr Bell back in early December, however in case you missed it you can read here and please send any comments to regeneration@ealing.gov.uk or alternatively please take 10mins to fill out the survey which is linked on the grant webpage.
is seeking an initial expression of interest for a newly refurbished office space located within a block of Council flats in Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith W6 0NW.

This refurbishment is a Council funded community project with the eligibility criteria and restrictions as follows:

  • Applications must be a Hammersmith and Fulham resident who is a start-up business who requires office space for administration.
  • The office is located on the ground floor of a 7 storey residential block. To support the security of the office and residents, it would be preferred that the tenant not encourage business meetings to take place within the office. There are a number of coffee shops suitable for business meetings on Hammersmith Grove and Goldhawk Road.
  • It is not known when free broadband will be connected to the room, it may be advisable for the commercial tenant to organise the installation themselves if not connected by the date of occupation.

More details will be available to those who qualify. The Business Team is currently very busy working through the Government’s Addition Restriction Grant (ARG) applications and will be unable to respond to queries for additional information. If interested, please follow the instructions at the end of this email.
 
Commercial Office Space details available at present time:
 
Location: Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith W6 0NW
 
Facility: Ground floor office space with separate toilet and separate handwash basin/vanity unit, cupboard storage, economy 7 heater. Double glazed window frame with toughened frosted glass
 
Size: Room 12 square metres (can accommodate up to two desks)
 
Location: Access from Hammersmith Grove using controlled access entrance door. Office has a FD60 fire door.
 
Wi-Fi: We are looking at arranging a free connection from one of our providers (Community Fibre or Fibre Optics)
Estimated speed of broadband 1 Gbps, average download/upload speed of 920Mbps.
 
Rental Value:Annual rental value £4350 or £362.50 per month excluding utility bills.
 
If interested please email by Thursday 4 March 2020 to michael.farquharson@lbhf.gov.uk and complete the information below:
 
Email address
Fore Name(s) and Surname in full
Phone (Mobile preferred)
Full address including Post Code (must be a Hammersmith & Fulham resident)
Name of Business, or
Business type e.g. self-employed or limited company
Nature of business
Business Start date
The award-winning GCS Internship is back for the sixth year running. The paid internship is a diversity and inclusion initiative, providing interns with the opportunity to work in a range of communication disciplines within the Government Communication Service (GCS) within the Civil Service.

​​​​The scheme is open to university students in their final or penultimate year of study, or those studying for a degree-equivalent qualification. Placements last six to twelve weeks and the GCS have posts across the UK.
As this is a diversity and inclusion scheme, there are certain requirements applicants must meet to be eligible for the GCS internship
Potential applicants can apply if they meet one of the below criteria:

  • Consider themselves to have a disability
  • Are from a care leaver background 
  • Are from an ethnic minority background
  • Are from a lower socioeconomic background

It would be great if you could help us raise awareness of the internship to encourage more people to apply. You can do this by:

  • Sharing ready-made social media content onto your channels
  • Advertising the internship on your careers page
  • Adding ready-made copy to your website

Laptop donations for our schools
Richmond Rugby Club, with Cllr Ron Mushiso and Cllr Vickram Grewal delivered 15 tablets to Marjory Kinnon school in Bedfont earlier this week.
The Council now has the entire London Borough of Hounslow covered in terms of donation sites. The following collection points are below. Please note that the Chiswick site is now closed
 
Brentford Saturday Collection
When: Every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm.
Where: Outside St Paul Church, Brentford TW8 0PN.
What: Working laptops or tablets, with the relevant power cables
 
Hounslow Saturday Collection
When: Every Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
Where: Outside the Wellington Day Centre,292 Staines Road, Hounslow TW4 5BA.
What: Working laptops or tablets, with the relevant power cables
 
Feltham Sunday, 28th February Collection
When: Sunday from 11am to 1pm
Where: Outside the Feltham Assembly Hall, TW14 9DN
What: Working laptops or tablets, with the relevant power cables.
LIVE EXPERT DISCUSSION ON “COVID19 PANDEMIC AND VACCINES”
COMPARING THE APPROACH IN UK AND GERMANY
SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2021 AT 19.00 (GMT)
 
Please join members of Rotary South this Sunday evening, 28 February, for a stimulating discussion led by two experts – one a Professor at Imperial College London and invited expert at WHO and the other from the University Hospital of the Ruhr in Germany – examining the current state of the COVID pandemic.
The speakers will provide - in layman’s language - an update on the pandemic not just in the UK, but in Germany and the global context.
 
They will also discuss vaccines in development and those in clinical use in the UK and Germany and data supporting their safety and efficacy, including available scientific data from the vaccination campaigns and their effects on SARS-CoV-2 variants.
 
For more information please contact brigitte.faubert@ukgateway.net

Zoom link to the meeting
Zoom meeting ID: 456 777 1933 password: 1933
Summer's coming early this year! Plan your perfect staycation in beautiful Richmond...

Whilst we're currently open just for essential travel, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that we are planning to fully re-open our hotel, along with the indoor areas of our gorgeous restaurant and bar, on 17th May. Brighter and better days are on the horizon and we are feeling so positive about an amazing long summer in Richmond and welcoming you all back to enjoy every little bit of it!

We're now taking bookings so that you can start planning your summer staycation, whether you’re looking for a much-missed buzzy getaway or a quiet rural escape for a well-earned rest. Take a sunset stroll along the winding riverside, explore stunning Richmond Park in bloom, sip a cocktail or two on our sun-soaked terrace, and retire to a luxurious bedroom here at Richmond Hill Hotel. Whatever you do, make the most of every minute.

We're taking flexible, risk free bookings for stays from 17th May and are offering a range of perks - from discounts to complimentary treats - when you book direct with us.

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