Declaration of a Major Incident

A ‘major incident’ has been called by the Mayor of London due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the capital and the increase of Covid-19 cases in hospitals, which has left the NHS at risk of being overwhelmed.
This was taken following discussions within London’s Strategic Outbreak Steering Group, which includes senior representatives of NHS London, local authorities, Public Health England and the emergency services.
The declaration comes as the number of Covid-19 cases in London has exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, putting immense pressure on an already stretched NHS. Between 30 December and 6 January, the number of patients in London hospitals grew by 27 per cent (from 5,524 to 7,034) and the number on mechanical ventilation grew by 42 per cent (from 640 to 908). Over the last three days alone the NHS has announced 477 deaths in London hospitals following a positive test for Covid-19.
The London Ambulance Service is also under pressure and is now taking up to 8,000 emergency calls a day now, compared to 5,500 on a typical busy day.
A major incident is defined as being “beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations, and is likely to involve serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security”. In addition, “the severity of the consequences associated with a major incident are likely to constrain or complicate the ability of responders to resource and manage the incident.”
It is vital that Londoners understand the gravity of the situation. They must stay at home and obey the national lockdown restrictions. Failure to do this will only put further pressures on the system, resulting in more deaths.
Hounslow Council announces extra support for local businesses
A new programme of business support is being launched to help town centre businesses trade safely and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 12-week programme will help support the self-employed, pre-start, start-up and small businesses across all industries.

Online workshops, networking events, business clinics and one-to-one support will be offered free of charge to enable local businesses to access expert advice from specialist consultants.

The support will cover a range of issues including:
  • How to convert your current offering to sell more online
  • Accessing COVID-19 grants and funding
  • Creating a new business model for growth
  • Sales and marketing strategies that get results
  • Finance and cashflow management, social and environmental
  • The impact of Brexit on importing and exporting and key legal issues
  • Importance of health and wellbeing through a crisis

Join us for the launch of Hounslow Council’s COVID-19 business support programme this coming Wednesday 13th January at 10am to find out more about how this programme can benefit your business. Click here to register.
An Hour to Skill
DfE has launched a new campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’. The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.
By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, people can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost their job prospects and keep their mind active.​​​​​​ At a time when we will all be spending more time indoors, The Skills Toolkit can also play an important role in supporting the mental wellbeing of our country. 
Covid 19 Test Site Operatives needed urgently to work in Hounslow

We are currently recruiting for a large number of Covid 19 test site operatives in the Hounslow area. The roles will be paying an hourly rate of £13 and suitable candidates must be local to or live in the Hounslow area.

Roles include Team Leaders (£20 per hour), Site Operatives, Queue Coordinators, Registration Assistants, Test Assistants, Testing Operatives, Processing Operatives and Results Recorders.

For further information and details of how to apply please click here
Urgent - NHS 100+ Staff needed for the newly opened vaccination site in Heathrow

We are seeking vast amounts of admin, front of house and vaccinator staff for immediate starts at the newly opened Heathrow vaccination centre. Salary £20-£24k depending on the role. For further information and details of how to apply please click here
Healthcare Assistants - Ealing Hospital

Ealing Hospital is looking for enthusiastic and capable Health Care Assistants to join their multidisciplinary teams and help to provide the highest quality care to meet the therapeutic needs of their patients.

What we looking for?
  • Previous caring work or caring in some form (this does not necessarily need to be    NHS experience)
  • Administrative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Transferable skills from other previous roles

For further information and details of how to apply please click here.
The deadline for the upcoming Innovate UK EDGE - Global Young Innovators Programme has been extended to next week, Tuesday 12 January at 5.00pm.
The programme is on behalf of Innovate UK and UK Aid, delivered in partnership with Exemplas, Innocircle and Advance International Business Development, and is a fantastic opportunity to support the UK’s next generation of future innovators and leaders (aged 18-30) in the current climate.
About the programme:
The Global Young Innovators programme offers 60 forward-thinking, entrepreneurial minds from across the UK and South Africa (aged 18-30), a platform to join forces, ignite ideas and co-design solutions that can help solve five of the greatest challenges facing our global community.
Providing mentorship, industry leading training and the chance to pitch for £10,000 in grant funding, this bespoke 3 to 9-month programme is designed to connect and equip UK and South African young innovators with the resources needed to bridge the gap, and transform their early-stage idea into a viable business.
Application page:
You can also read more in this programme flyer – view flyer here or email below.
Who is the programme for?
  • UK-based early-stage or start-up businesses
  • Founders and entrepreneurs who are aged 18-30 years
  • With an early-stage idea or solution to address one of the five global challenges
  • Eager to collaborate with a South African Young Innovator on a joint project
  • Have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last 3 fiscal years
  • Committed to fully engage with the programme's package of support and attend all events
Medical and Rescue are an independent and privately-owned medical supply and training company, with over 30 years of delivering healthcare services around the world.

Our team of healthcare professionals are able to deliver COVID -19 screening and testing to local businesses, organisations and individuals. We use the latest rapid tests to offer comfort and peace of mind to those that have concerns of infection following possible contact or who wish to be reassured prior to visiting friends or relatives.

Testing is by a simple fingertip blood sample or from a nasal and throat swab. These tests identify the presence of viral proteins (antigens) or antibodies. These one-step test for COVID-19 give results within 15 to 20 minutes.

Our experienced team include paramedics, nurses, anaesthetic practitioners and emergency planners. We offer training in all aspects of emergency medicine ranging from first aid and resuscitation to the management of anaphylaxis and major incident planning. Our clients include parent’s groups, schools, local and corporate businesses as well as GP surgeries, community and hospital Trusts. 

For more information please contact: Kevin Wheal on
New member, Mark Haywood of ABM Coaching can help you! Mark has 15 years of experience in the big four consultancy firms, where he has developed a professional approach to coaching. 

If you have a business that needs to move forward fast with increasing revenue, increasing employees, or increase profitability then I can help. I will work as an accountability coach which will be focused on results. We will set goals for the next 12 months and then we will break these down into manageable monthly actions. 

You will move through the development stages of your business with my help, I have helped established business owners pivot their business in Covid-19.  

We will work together to get you to your goals. There will be a review system where you can honestly share your progress and we will work together to achieve your goals. 

3 months - £2,000 reduced to £1,500
6 months - £4,000 reduced to £3,250
12 months - £10,000 reduced to £9,000
The first Bitesize Marketing Guide is ready!

It's been carefully designed to guide you through establishing yourself on LinkedIn, growing your network and increasing ROI at networking events. 

Each action is explained with an example or screenshot, so you can easily follow step-by-step to maximise your reach on LinkedIn. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the article if you have feedback or a LinkedIn tip that could help other readers. 

Look out for the next Bitesize Marketing Guide. Next week which will be Power Hour 1: How to stay productive when working from home. 

Theo Ruby 
Marketing Consultant

T:  07709 852 364 
November issue of Let's Talk Business out now

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