"Compliments for a well run show. I watched the Webinar this morning, and I was impressed with the smoothness of your operation. I watch other such meetings and I think you could teach them a thing or two !" - Peter Buckley, ITSL Consultancy
Kickstart Scheme - 12th November - 10:00 am for 60 minutes

Need more information? Please come along to our webinar to learn more!
We are very pleased that our panellists will be:

  • Nigel Yates - Kickstart Co-Ordination Team Leader, London and Essex Group Office
  • Alan Rides - Hounslow Chamber & West London Local Chambers

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

  • The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.
  • Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. The candidates are aged between 16-24 and are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors can get involved.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
November issue of Let's Talk Business out now

Hounslow Contact Tracing Team
Hounslow Council has launched a local COVID-19 contact tracing system to back up NHS Test and Trace and help to get coronavirus under control in the borough. The new system will see Council staff support efforts to locate people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gaps have been identified in the nationwide Test and Trace system, with only about two-thirds of those who need to be contacted being reached. The new localised, One Hounslow approach aims to improve this by helping the NHS and getting in touch with the other third. 
Prime Minister's statement (courtesy of the Cabinet Office)

Yesterday on 9th November the Prime Minister made a statement outlining the early positive news on the vaccine. He stressed the need for us all to continue to follow the current national restrictions to 2nd December, when these measures expire and we plan to move forward with a tiered approach.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

(CJRS) has now been extended until the end of March for all parts of the UK, with claims opening this week.

You will still need to submit all final claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌ ‌October on or before 3‌‌‌‌‌0‌‌‌ November.

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 
and a reminder of how to claim for periods up to 31 October.
We will continue to update our webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.

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. 

You can ask questions during all our live webinars using the on-screen text box. 

Our webinars are constantly updated to provide the latest government guidance on changes as they develop.
The Bank of England has published the October 2020 Agents' Summary of Business Conditions:

Do you live in Isleworth or Brentford? 
We want to hear from you and understand how your experiences can shape the way we communicate and engage with you, our residents. Join us live on Thursday 12 November at 5.30pm for the Isleworth and Brentford Area forum. Get involved and submit your questions beforehand.

The Treaty Centre had a month long collection for the Hounslow Multi-Cultural Centre, to help give back to those who are in need of support, love and hope.

In the words of Janet Leatherland, Treaty Centre Manager: "It just shows the amazing generosity of our community."
Retraction: During our recent BAME webinar, Carol Sam referred to the 'murder' of George Floyd. We wish to point out, at the request of one of our attendees, that the American former police office, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter, with the trial taking place sometime in 2021.
We have made the sad but inevitable decision to hold the Awards on-line, rather than a live event. They will now take place online on Wednesday, 9th December at 6.00 pm. We are proud to announce Mark Ramprakash, the cricketer and "Strictly" winner, will be our guest speaker.

Mark Ramprakash, former England, Middlesex and Surrey batsman; a prolific run scorer and one of the best at County Level. Over the past 5 and a half years, Mark was the batting coach for the England cricket team. However, he is now currently Head of Cricket at Harrow School, London. Other than his impact on the cricketing industry, Mark was also the winner of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and is now an ambassador for the British Asian Trust.

The costs are £59 plus VAT and booking fee per person for an Executive Ticket, this ticket includes the Ceremony and a Gift Bag with wine, a £25 food gift card and other goodies. Or £29 plus VAT and booking fee per person for a Standard Ticket, this ticket is just for the Ceremony.

The deadline to book your Executive ticket is 11th November so do it now!

I do hope you decide to enter into the spirit of the evening, to mark the end of 2020, with an enjoyable evening, albeit remotely, to boost the morale of our companies in this challenging current climate.
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