Webinars - all are free, run for 60 minutes:
A testimonial from an independent Recruitment Agency based in the Borough of Camden:

“Very useful information in the “Reboot, Recover & Grow” webinar for Ealing businesses. Wish Camden Council was like the West London Boroughs.”
Clean Air Day - 8th October - 10:00am

Panelists include:
  • Matthew Kamau – TfL
  • Jane Wiest – Parcels not Pollution

More to be announced

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
How to fund the growth of your business during and after lockdown

Branduin Business Support, with Venture X, are holding a real live event on 14th October at 9.30 am – 11.30 am.   Here is the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-fund-the-growth-of-your-business-during-and-after-lockdown-tickets-121241381235
 
Hope to see you there!
Learn how to manage your own business with #LearnHounslow

Call us on 0208 583 6000 to book your place onto a course today. Find out more👉www.hace.ac.uk
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and what this means for you.   

From 1‌‌ October, HMRC will pay 60% of usual wages up to a cap of £1,875 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work. 

What you need to do from 1‌‌ October

Continue to pay your furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. You will need to fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant yourself
The caps are proportional to the hours not worked. For example, if your employee is furloughed for half their usual hours in October, you are entitled to claim 60% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to £937.50 (half of £1,875 cap). You must still pay your employee at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they don’t work, so for someone only working half their usual hours you’d need to pay them up to £1,250 (half of £2,500 cap), funding the remaining portion yourself. For help with calculations, search ‘Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌.UK.

You’ll also continue to pay your furloughed employees’ National Insurance and pension contributions from your own funds. 

Make sure your data is right

It’s important that you provide all the data we need to process your claim. Payment of your grant may be at risk or delayed if you submit a claim that is incomplete or incorrect and we want to help you get this right. We’ll get in touch if we see any employee data missing from your previous claims.

Claiming for 100 or more employees – use our new template

The easiest way to provide us with the data we need is to use our updated template – to find it, search 'download a template if you're claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' on GOV‌.UK. 

To help prevent mistakes, the XLS and XLMS versions of the template now highlight any missing information you need to include in your claim before you submit it. Where information is missing, fields will be red and once the missing information is filled in, the data fields will turn green. You can also now flag if an employee has recently returned from statutory leave, to ensure claims with any new employees are processed correctly.

Claimed too much in error?

It’s important that you continue to check each claim is accurate before submitting it, and we would also recommend checking previous claims to avoid any penalties for claiming too much.

If you have claimed too much CJRS grant and have not repaid it, you must notify us and repay the money by the latest of whichever date applies below:

  • 90 days from receiving the CJRS money you’re not entitled to
  • 90 days from the point circumstances changed so that you were no longer entitled to keep the CJRS grant
  • 20‌‌ October 2020, if on or before 22 July you received CJRS money you’re not entitled to, or if your circumstances changed. 

If you do not do this, you may have to pay interest and a penalty as well as repaying the excess CJRS grant. For more information on interest, search 'Interest rates for late and early payments' on GOV‌.UK.

How to let us know if you have claimed too much

You can let us know as part of your next online claim without needing to call us – the system will prompt you to add details if you have received too much. If you claimed too much and do not plan to submit further claims, you can let us know and find out how to make a repayment online. Go to 'Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back' on GOV‌.UK.

We are supporting our customers while tackling serious fraud and criminal attacks. We understand mistakes happen, particularly in these challenging times, and will not seek out innocent errors and small mistakes for compliance action.

Further support

Guidance and live webinars offering you more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online – go to GOV‌.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

Our phone lines and webchat are still very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you may need is on GOV‌.UK. This will leave our phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most.  
The Bank of England today published the Q3 Agents’ Summary of Business Condition, the link to which is below.

Supportive Chamber members, Kallkwik say YES to so many things – click here to find out how they can help you and your business.
Co-innovate – Made in Brunel – Click here to see more details on the Graduate Showcase 2020
Good News:
Animal Stories
Discover an untold tale of London Borough of Hounslow
New exhibition due to be launched online and at Feltham Library on 26 October 2020.
 
The project is called Animal Stories - an interactive exhibition that tells a secret history of the animals in Hounslow, from the Chiswick House Menagerie to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. The stories are accompanied by illustrations that are activated by augmented reality.
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