EU review and the impact of US presidential election on global trade 
Webinar - Today from 3:00 pm - 4:30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Fc9HchjyQnW6U5Ih4aEtAw

We are very pleased that our panellists will be:
  • Alan Rides MD Hounslow Chamber of Commerce - Former DIT Trade Officer
  • David Billingsby - International Trade Advisor - mtxpress
  • Sebastian Barillot - Supply Chain -Whysebird
  • Nick Farmer, Partner - Menzies 
  • Nauzar Manekshaw - Director – Branduin Business Support

Trends in trade: 
  • What impact will Brexit have on supply chains? 
  • What are the new standards and rules?
  • What are the implications of the BIden incoming Presidency - Issues with Northern Ireland have quickly been cleared as announced by Michael Gove 8/12/20
  • What will be the effect on global trade for 2021, COVID / BREXIT / BIDEN

Trade receivable finance:
  • A new landscape and outlook
  • What FOREX issues do you need to understand and how can you best protect your business from a fast moving volatile market?

Followed by Q&As

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LONDON TO MOVE INTO TIER 3 FROM WEDNESDAY
(Courtesy of White Label)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed Greater London will be Tier 3 from 00:01 on Wednesday.
 
The London weekly case rate at 225 per 100,000 people is already the highest regional rate in the country. Along with London, many areas of Essex and south Hertfordshire will also be subject to Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday.
 
You can read Mr Hancock’s statement to the Commons here.
 
Business evictions ban extended until March 2021
Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. Further guidance to support negotiations between landlords and tenants will also be published shortly. A review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation has also been announced, to address concerns that the current framework does not reflect the current economic conditions. More information is available here.
 
Latest grant guidance released
The government has provided detailed guidance about many of the grants available from local authorities for businesses affected by local restrictions. They include:
 
LRSG (Closed) Addendum grant: Businesses required to close due to national lockdown restrictions will receive grants of up to £3,000 per 28-day period.
 
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): The (ARG) provides additional funding for local authorities subject to national lockdown or Tier 3 restrictions, to support businesses that have had their trade affected by the restrictions. This includes:
  • closed businesses that don’t pay business rates
  • businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted
  • each local authority has the discretion to establish business grant schemes or other business support as best fits their area.
 
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open): Where local authorities have been subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions, this grant allows local authorities to make discretionary payments to support businesses that were impacted by the restrictions, but not required to close.
 
LRSG (Sector) provides grants of up to £3,000 per 28-day period to be made to businesses like nightclubs that were required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020.
 
Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs: The Christmas Support Payment grant provides funding for local authorities subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions in December 2020 to pay one-off grants of £1,000 to wet-led pubs. These are pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions. Check if you're eligible.
  
Full details on the grants can be found here.
          
FURTHER NEWS AND UPDATES
 
Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This scheme has been extended until the end of March 2021. The full guidance for claims from November onwards, including how you can check if you’re eligible and how to calculate and make a claim online, can be found here.
 
Working safely during coronavirus updates
  • For restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway - guidance on Tier 3 restrictions to clarify that customers can enter the premises to place or collect any type of order between 5am and 11pm has been updated.
  • Shops and branches – updated guidance to clarify that betting shops must keep a record of all customers, visitors and staff and that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace 
London to move to Tier 3 - Very High alert from Wednesday 16 December 2020
Businesses and venues
What you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions.

Hospitality
Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or member’s clubs. Exemptions apply  

Accommodation
Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close. These restrictions on accommodation do not apply between 22 to 28 December 2020. 


During the Christmas period (23 to 27 December) different rules on social contact will apply.
All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) will be available to businesses which are excluded from the other grant schemes.

Complete details of the eligibility criteria and how to apply will be announced on the web page on Thursday.

Find out how you can apply and for information on all grants please go to: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-covid-19-business-advice/covid-19-business-grants?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0
Sapling Tree Donation Encourages Pupils to Take a Greener Approach to Christmas

Barratt London, the housebuilder responsible for the High Street Quarter development, is encouraging school children in Hounslow to celebrate Christmas in a more sustainable way this year, as the local housebuilder has donated 120 replantable Christmas tree saplings to Hounslow Town Primary School. The pupils were able to take home their very own ‘kidmas tree’ to plant where it will grow and can be enjoyed for years to come.

According to the Carbon Trust, a 2m tall real tree that ends up in a woodchipper or bonfire has a carbon footprint of 3.5kg of CO2. This increases to 16kg for the trees that end up as landfill. But neither of those figures compare to the 40kg of CO2 that is used to dispose of an artificial tree. The donation of sapling trees encourages families to make more sustainable choices at Christmas and have a go at growing their own.

The saplings have been sent home with Year 5 students from Hounslow Town Primary School as part of their science lessons where the children will be learning about the life cycle of plants and investigating how they grow best. Over the Christmas holidays, the children will be documenting how they are caring for the sapling in a holiday diary complete with written entries and photos. They will continue to update these throughout the year as their tree grows.

Amanda Barber, the Year 5 teacher at Hounslow Town Primary School commented: “As a school we always like to engage in activity which encourages pupils to think more sustainably and this is an especially important message at Christmas. We welcomed this donation from Barratt London as we approach the festive season when there is typically so much waste. We have sent the trees home with students/spent an afternoon planting the saplings and look forward to seeing how they grow!”

Ed McCoy, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt West London said: “This year we have pledged to reduce our carbon emissions by 29% by 2025 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2040. To support this message, we felt it important that our school activity reflected our ambitions to meet these targets and in total we have donated thousands of sapling trees. We hope the pupils at Hounslow Town Primary School enjoy growing their saplings and I hope these young trees can be enjoyed for years to come.”

High Street Quarter is a new development of one, two and three-bedroom homes built around a new public square complete with shops, restaurants and multiplex cinema. Prices currently start at £350,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.
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