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"Thank you for the e-newsletters which are always relevant and informative. I have managed to take advantage of business mentoring, business training and now have applied for funding through the London Mayor’s Pay it Forward scheme. All this through the information you have provided."
Webinars - all are free, run for 60 minutes:
Clean Air Day - 8th October - 10:00am

Panellists include:
  • Chris Smith, Meld Energy – net zero consultancy and project developer
  • Jack Alexander – Idling Action London
  • Jane Wiest – Parcels not Pollution
  • John Rayment - GWR Kia
  • Matthew Kamau – TfL
  • Cllr Katherine Dunne - Cabinet member for Communities, Climate Change, Hounslow Council

Road traffic congestion in outer London is now higher that it was last year. The city of London is deserted but outside the congestion zone, it is on the increase. People are preferring to use their cars rather than public transport. In London cycling is up by 120%, but will this remain now that autumn is setting in? Please come along to our Clean Air webinar on 8th October to learn more what you and your business can do to improve the air pollution in Hounslow from encouraging employees to use active travel, using cleaner motor vehicles, improving indoor air quality as well as reducing your emissions footprint.  All of which will not only benefit the local environment but also improve your businesses sustainability credentials.

Business support for our BAME businesses, as part of Black History Month - 29th October - 10:00am
More details to follow.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Message from Kelly O'Neill, Director of Public Health
In Hounslow, COVID-19 cases are rising. The virus can spread quickly if we drop our guard and London is now on the national watch list because of this increase in cases.

Although the cases are mainly in our working age population, we need to prevent spread to our more vulnerable people.

Now is the time for us to take action together and in doing so keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.

If we do this we can contain the spread of the virus; we can avoid another lockdown, keep Hounslow open, support our businesses and keep priority services, including schools, open.

But we do need to work together and each of us play a part to control the spread of the virus. Be mindful of your actions. Being reckless could do harm to the older and vulnerable people in our communities.

You are most at risk in busy crowds, confined spaces or close contact with others. It is critical that you wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and hospitality venues.

This is the law, and there are fines for breaches, which start at £200.

Finally; the risk of severe illness and death more than doubles for people who test positive for flu and COVID-19. If you are eligible for your flu vaccine, prioritise one thing today - protect yourself from the double threat of flu and coronavirus. Make an appointment with your GP or visit your local pharmacist.

For more information visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus
The PM today set out plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from coronavirus. (courtesy of the Cabinet Office)

The plans include:
  • A Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers.
  • A new entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain.

A press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office is available at: https://bit.ly/2S7DCWO. The PM's speech can meanwhile be read at: https://bit.ly/3n4AjxV
Free adult courses
Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course by the Government at a time and location that suits them and their families.
Read more here
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app is available on both Apple and Android smartphones and is easy to download. 
The app allows users to report symptoms, apply for a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals who may have coronavirus. The app will also help health professionals to understand quickly if the virus is spreading in any particular area. Download the app here
Covid-19 update (courtesy of HMRC)

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1‌‌ October mean that employers will need to fund 20% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.

Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live webinar:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

We’ll provide an overview of the scheme, including flexible furloughing, examples of how to work out the amount you can claim and the changes for October.

We’ll also share information on the Job Retention Bonus, including how to check if you’re eligible.

If you haven’t been able to join our popular webinar about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, more dates have now been added. 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.
Good News:
Chamber member, Fashionizer has some lovely face coverings. Please see below for a discount code:
Asahi named a Founder Partner at Brentford’s New Stadium
Fuller’s London Pride historic partnership lives on at The Bees’ new home

Brentford FC can announce that the long-standing association with the nearby Griffin Brewery, where the renowned Fuller’s London Pride has been made for more than 60 years, will continue into the next phase of the Club’s history.

Brentford has reached agreement with Asahi, owner of the Fuller’s beer and brewing business, to become a Founder Partner at its new stadium less than a mile away from Griffin Park. The five-year arrangement will see a range of Asahi’s brands available for fans of both The Bees and London Irish RFC, who will also play at the stadium, at bars across the venue, both in Premium and General Admission areas.  

Please click here for more details
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