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Webinars coming up:

Digital Wellbeing & cultures around new digital trends:

Physical Digital wellbeing

Wednesday 19th May 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Ensuring that working from home is as regulated as it is in the office. Employees, especially those in the younger age bracket, living in rented accommodation do not have sufficient internal space or access to outdoor space. 

There are stories of people working from laptops on ironing boards. Correct seating, adequate work surface, keyboard technique, posture, position of screen, use of support devices, software setting, non-reflective screens, the environment e.g. lighting and heating levels, importance of regular breaks, setting a routine. When working from home it can be easy to blur the lines between work and home life.

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Speaker: Mel Bruneau, Health & Safety Director, Hounslow Chamber

Mel is an expert provider in all areas of the transport and warehousing industry and as a qualified Health & Safety Advisor, Professional Trainer and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor, Mel works closely with airlines, handling agents, freight forwarders, distributors and manufacturers to ensure clients meet all the requirements of the relevant legislation. Mel is also a qualified instructor for the CAA and a member of the ICHCA.

Click here for more information on Mel

Tourism & Leisure

Thursday 20th May 10:00 am – 11:00am

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There is much talk of air corridors/traffic light system and Europe being open for tourism again, dependent on the vaccination programme and the safety of the issuing country.  Would you feel happy to go abroad? Maybe another staycation this year, but the costs are prohibitive?   There is much talk of queues at airports, the cost of testing at airports – is air travel becoming a privilege of the wealthy, as it used to be?


  • Kate Bull, Hounslow Council
  • John Coles, Kew Bridge Travel
  • Maggi Smit, America & Canada as you like it
  • Deborah Barnes, Clayton Hotel - executive travel market
  • Deepak Nangla, Brightsun

Fit to Bid: Branduin Business Support 

Business Model Canvas - Innovation & Strategy

Tuesday 25th May 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Having successfully delivered this webinar as an interactive Business Sprint to several audiences over the past 5 years, we have had tremendous positive feedback to our approach. SMEs find the Business Model Canvas very useful to develop a strategy to adapt or launch new products and services, and improve their state of preparedness prior to bid submission.


We will help you develop a graphical, 1-page framework that allows an SME to design, describe and/or challenge their business model prior to bidding for contracts.


The individual elements prompt consideration of the full scope of a business, while the layout encourages thought about how the pieces fit together across nine essential components.


  • Nauzar Manekshaw, Managing Director - Branduin
  • Elsa Caleb - Business Development Specialist

Digital Wellbeing & cultures around new digital trends:

Health & Wellbeing

Tuesday 25th May 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Assessing the team’s mental health. Having worked from home for over the past 12 months, re-entry into the office world could cause problems for some. We are adaptable, but we must not underestimate the effect that the pandemic has had on us.  Existing problems have only been exacerbated, especially for younger people, who have not been able to socialise for over a year. 

Keeping communication channels open, setting regular times to meet with the team, either via Zoom or Teams, or even the telephone for one to ones. Share screen is an invaluable tool for working on joint documents.


When offices begin to re-open, asses to see if hybrid working is possible. Listen to the concerns of employees but encourage them to return in part. Much peer group learning is lost working from home.


  • Jacqueline McCouat,  Anchor Counselling
  • Vidya Netrakar, NKV Holistic Living
  • Further speakers tbc

Do you run a business and has it been impacted by COVID-19?


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:

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

Find out more

Drop-in for your vaccination at Alice Way Gurdwara TODAY

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Aged 36 or older? If you're eligible, find out how to get your vaccine

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If you are aged 38 or over, are clinically vulnerable, a frontline worker or a carer, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS website even if you haven’t yet received a letter. Appointments are available at sites across the Borough and also Ealing, Wembley and Hammersmith.

We are aware of other scam messages circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or your bank details for your vaccination – it is free. 

You can book an appointment now if:

  • you are aged 36 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centres or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

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Over 18? You may be able to get a vaccine (at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre only)

If you're over the age of 18 you may be able to receive a vaccine by queuing at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre only at the end of the day (after 5.30pm Mon-Thurs) pending vaccine availability.

Updates will be posted on Twitter and Next Door.

You will need to bring photo ID and your NHS number if you have one. Queues are likely, so please remember to social distance and observe Hands, Face, Space.

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre is now only a drop-in vaccination clinic after 5.30pm. You will only ever be turned away from a queue due to a lack of vaccine supply - this may vary from day to day as we are operating this programme using surplus vaccines.

Queueing will not guarantee a vaccine, but teams on the doors will be able to advise at 5.30pm if there is availability that day. If there is availability, please join the queue between 5.30 and 6.30pm. Last admittance will be at 7.20pm each day.

If you're travelling to the Centre then please plan your journey to reduce contact as much as possible.

The Compass Centre at Heathrow is also a drop-in vaccination clinics open for the eligible age categories (currently 38+). The Compass Centre is open for drop-ins Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm for drop-ins.

Drop-ins are not available at Brentford Friday to Sunday.

Stay updated by following our Twitter or Next Door page.

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On behalf of Hounslow Rotary Club I would like to thank those readers of your newsletter that responded to our appeal recently for funds to be sent to India to combat Covid-19. We will be making a fully illustrated detailed report asap, but to start with I need to report that £17000 was raised in less than 10 days and this will be transferred by the end of this week to the Rotarians supporting the hospital. They are already sourcing the equipment and supplies they need. Please thank everyone for their support. - Brigitte Faubert

February issue of Let's Talk Business out now

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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.