Business support for our BAME businesses webinar, as part of Black History Month - 29th October - 10:00am for 60 minutes

We are really pleased to announce that Sir Kenneth Olisa, OBE is able to be part of our panel. Sir Kenneth is the first black Lord Lieutenant of Greater London. This is one webinar you should not miss.

Panellists include:
  • Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE - Lord Lieutenant of Greater London.
  • Seema Malhotra - MP for Feltham & Heston
  • Beyant Ryatt - Hounslow Council, Commercial Manager, Procurement and Contracts Team
  • Carol Sam - Ealing Council, Business Growth & Inward Investment Manager
  • Nauzar Manekshaw - MD, Branduin Business Support

"I am so pleased you are holding this seminar, well done. This is a great subject to cover." - Cllr Hanif Khan, Hanworth Park Ward

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now:
Covid-19: Chancellor announces increased support for jobs (courtesy of Moore Barlow)

The Chancellor has announced plans to increase support through the Job Support Scheme, which is due to come into effect from 1 November. The Job Support Scheme will take over from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) which will come to an end on 31 October.

When originally announced back in September, the Job Support Scheme would require employees to work and be paid for a minimum of 33% of their normal hours. The employer and the government would then each contribute 33% of the wages for the unworked hours and the employee would receive no pay for the remaining 33%. 

The scheme has been amended so that the minimum hours requirement will be 20% instead of 33% and the employer contribution for unworked hours will be reduced from 33% to just 5%. This means that the government will provide up to 61.67% of wages for the hours not worked (subject to a cap of £1,541.75 per month). 

As a working example: If someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the government would be contributing £543 and their employer only £44.

The government has been under increasing pressure to help struggling businesses following the introduction of the 3-tier “lockdown” restrictions that limit the way in which members of the public are allowed to socialise in different areas. This is particularly the case in tier two areas (also known as High Risk areas) where businesses can remain open but members of the public cannot gather indoors with people outside their households, or meet outside in a group of more than 6. These restrictions will be increasingly problematic for pubs, restaurants and other hospitality industries as we head into winter and outside gatherings become less viable. As a result of these restrictions, companies in the hospitality sector argue that they would be financially better off if they were under tier three restrictions and forced to close, then becoming eligible for greater government support. 

We are still waiting for the government to release further guidance with details about the Job Support Scheme, but in the meantime we would suggest that any employer who might need to rely on the scheme reviews its business plan and staffing requirements for the next six months. Any employee placed on the scheme will require an amendment to their contract of employment, similar to the furlough scheme arrangements earlier in the year.  
Time is running out for businesses to prepare for brexit (courtesy of White Label)
Business leaders have been urged not to get caught out by new rules at the end of the transition period by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove this week.
In a call with business leaders the Prime Minister and Michael Gove will discuss preparations and ask businesses to step up their efforts to get ready for the changes and opportunities in little more than eight weeks. The call to action comes as the government launches the latest phase of its public information campaign emphasising the increased urgency to prepare for the end of the UK transition period with the strapline “Time is running out”.
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Skills Escalator – WorkHounslow is currently running a Business Mentoring Programme targeted at residents, in receipt of a means tested benefit, working(self- employed or Sole trading) or recently made unemployed due to the pandemic, looking to start a business. Please click here for more details.

What is the Green Recovery? 
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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