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Today (8 June) you can get vaccinated!


Getting the vaccine is one of the best ways we can stop the spread of the virus and curb the impact of any new variants of concern.


Below you can find a list of all our upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics over the next few days, more details of which are here.


  • Book an appointment via www.nhs.uk or call 119:      
  • Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre– 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford TW8 0HJ - Open 8.00am-8.00pm.       
  • One of Hounslow’s five community pharmacy sites hounslow.gov.uk/vaccine 

Get vaccinated

Get a PCR test at a mobile or local test site near you!


My husband and I used the mobile test unit at Gunnersbury Park on Sunday. It took about 10 minutes and 24 hours later we received the results by e-mail. We are both Covid free! (We have both had two vaccinations.)


It's important that you get a PCR test as soon as you can to identify any new variants of concern and keep the infection rate under control, even if you've already had a vaccine.


If you are a parent and your child is returning to school this week our ask of you is to HELP REDUCE DISRUPTION TO EDUCATION. Keep schools COVID-safe when pupils return to the classroom on Monday by getting a PCR test this weekend.  


Please get a PCR test as soon as possible on Tuesday 8 June at the following locations:  


Mobile PCR Testing Units:     

  • Beaversfield Park, Hounslow (TW4 7JF) – Open 9:00am-3:00pm   
  • Tesco Hayes, Bulls Bridge (UB2 5LN) – Open 10:00am-6:00pm  
  • Church of the Good Shepherd(TW4 6HJ) - Open 10:00am-6:00pm  
  • Bell Road, Hounslow (TW3 3NX) – Open 9:00am-3:00pm*   *You can drive to this site and remain in your car as you receive a test  
  • Sainsburys Chiswick(W4 5UT) – Open 9:00am-5:00pm 
  • Tesco Osterley (TW7 5NZ) – Open 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Local PCR Testing Sites:     

  • Brabazon Road Sports Court, Hounslow (TW5 9LR) – Open 8:00am-8:00pm   
  • Padstow Walk car park, Feltham (TW14 9XU) – Open 8.00am-8.00pm    
  • Stamford Brook car park, Chiswick (W4 1NH) – Open 8.00am-8.00pm
  • You need to book an appointment for Stamford here.


When booking, select “do not have symptoms” and then “I was asked to take a test by the Local Authority.” Please also walk to this site if you can, as there is no parking on site and parking is very limited nearby.  



  • Hounslow House– 7 Bath Road, Hounslow (TW3 3EB) – Open 8.00am-4.00pm 
  • Heston Library– New Heston Road, Hounslow TW5 0LW – Open 6.30am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, or 8.00am-4.00pm Sat/Sun 
  • Isleworth Library– Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 7EU – Open 8.00am-4.00pm 
  • Bedfont Library– Staines Road, Feltham TW14 8DB – Open 8.00am-4.00pm

 

Or book an appointment at a regional PCR test site by clicking here.  

  • Twickenham Stadium (TW2 7BA) entrance at the rear via Whitton Dene – Open 8.00am-8.00pm* 
  • Heathrow Airport Car Park E2, Eastern Perimeter Road (TW6 2SQ) – Open 8.00am- 5.00pm* 


*When booking, select “do not have symptoms” and then “I was asked to take a test by the Local Authority”. Drive through site only. 


Get PCR tested

Hounslow business programme: Innovate & Grow

Webinars coming up:

"It was informative and Lisa Rides really did well with organisation and reminders"

- Eddie Asare, KM door 2 door

Digital Wellbeing & cultures around new digital trends:

Hybrid working model – home & office

Wednesday 9th June 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Book Here


Case study presentations from a large PLC and a micro SME to contrast the issues, looking at best practice to best understand and implement a hybrid model of home / office working. It is the younger people who are missing out from the working experience, learning from their office peers, networking and socialising.


Speakers:

  • Ed Hussey - Menzies
  • Jane Jones, Dell Technologies
  • Sally Smith, Hounslow Chamber

Business programme

Options facing liquidation or insolvency

Thursday 10th June 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Book Here


Explaining Liquidationthis is the process of selling a business's assets to produce enough cash to pay back creditors. It ends in the business closing. If a company is not able to make ends meet, liquidation is one option to pay creditors and close the business. It should noted that liquidation is just one business exit strategy option


Explaining Insolvency: when a company is unable to pay its debts or when it has more liabilities than assets on its balance sheet, this being legally referred to as “technical insolvency”. Liquidation is a legal ending of a limited company.


Speakers:

  • Umang Patel, Neum Insolvency. Licensed as an Insolvency Practitioner in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. - Click here of more details
  • Joseph Sullivan, Official receiver for London & Southend

Fit to Bid: Branduin Business Support 

Bid Skills Training - Intermediate

Monday 14th June 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Book Here


These workshops have been meticulously developed over a decade and are designed to help organisations to write consistently winning answers, gain more confidence when developing a strategy for a bid, and ultimately increase bid win rates.

 

The objective is to help participants win more clients, increase revenues and profit, and be better equipped to successfully defend existing contracts.


Speaker:

  • Neal Basson, The Bid Academy - Branduin Member

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


Cost: 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 book early to guarantee your place.

Limited Numbers –  Only 20 places are available to each Chamber to enable us to manage the group effectively on zoom. A Wait list will operate and additional spaces may be released depending on overall capacity.

Book Here
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Run a business? There’s still time to apply for support online


We have expanded the financial support available to businesses impacted by COVID-19.


If you run a business in Hounslow, there are several Grants available to help you re-build your business and recover from the pandemic. Even if you haven’t received a Grant previously, we may be able to help you.


To find out if your business is eligible, simply visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/covid-business-grants


Some grants have limited funding which will be awarded on a first come first served basis, so whilst there’s still a few days left to apply, don’t delay and please help us to spread the word!


Apply here

Hounslow Toolkits for businesses


Hounslow Council has created tailor-made toolkits to support local retail and hospitality businesses.


The toolkit contains vital information and useful resources which includes:

  • Risk assessment checklist
  • QR codes information
  • How to download free safety stickers


Business owners are also invited to sign up for free face-to-face support and advice in applying the Government rules to their businesses. To book a slot, email info@saferbusinesshounslow.co.uk or phone 07944 373 605.

Download here

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Help to Grow your business- Management Programme


Take your business to the next level with the government’s new Help to Grow programme. The programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits.


  • Enhance your ability to lead the growth of your business
  • Produce a growth plan to achieve your business’s potential
  • Delivered by leading business schools in collaboration with industry

Apply here

Cash boost for apprenticeships launched


Employers of all sizes in England can now apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, in the latest drive to revolutionise the skills and training offer across the country.


The boost to the apprenticeship incentive scheme was confirmed by the Chancellor in the Budget in March, and will be available to claim from (1 June). 


Businesses can apply to claim £3000 for each new apprentice hired as a new employee from 1 April until 30 September.

Find out here

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Recovery Loan Scheme


The Recovery Loan Scheme is to help businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.


  • Up to £10 million is available per business. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders.
  • The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.
  • Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website.
  • The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

Find out here

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VAT liability on the cost of charging Electric Vehicles


HMRC has issued Revenue and Customs Brief 7 (2021) to explain its policy concerning the VAT treatment on the cost of charging of electric vehicles when using charging points situated in various public places.

Recovering input tax for charging electric vehicles

Taxpayers can recover the input tax for charging their electric vehicle if:

  • They charge their electric vehicle at home, and
  • They charge their electric vehicle for business purposes.

Taxpayers should work out what proportion of the cost of charging the electric vehicle is for business use and how much is for private use. VAT can only be recovered on the business use amount. The usual input tax rules apply. The rate for recovering input tax when charging electric vehicles is the same as the VAT rate charged on the supply of electricity. This could be VAT at 5% or 20%, depending upon the nature of the premises where the vehicle was charged.

 

Employees charge an electric vehicle (which is used for business) at home

Employers cannot recover the VAT for charging an electric vehicle at an employee's home. This is because the supply is made to the employee and not to the business.

Employees charge an employer’s electric vehicle (for business and private use) at the employer’s premises

Employees need to keep a record of their business and private mileage so their employers can work out the amounts of business use and private use for the vehicle.

Employers can recover the full amount of VAT for the supply of electricity used to charge the electric vehicle. This includes the electricity for private use. However, employers will be liable for an output tax charge on the amount for private use. This is because a “deemed supply”’ has been made. Alternatively, VAT can be recovered on only the business element. The usual input tax rules apply.

May issue of Let's Talk Business out now


https://issuu.com/benham/docs/lets_talk_business_may_21

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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.

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