EU - End of Transition Readiness
Webinar - 1st December 2020 from 3:00 pm - 4:30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1mnu5HrsQhSguyGGeBSJCQ

We are very pleased that our panellists will be:
  • Alan Rides MD Hounslow Chamber of Commerce - Former DIT Trade Officer
  • Phil Rees - Commercial Director, OCS Worldwide
  • Nauzar Manekshaw - Director – Branduin Business Support

Covering:
  • HR / Business Travel
  • Data Protection / Intellectual Property 
  • E-Commerce - VAT and Taxation

Followed by Q&As

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If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Local restrictions: London in Tier 2
The Government has announced new local restrictions, to come into effect from 2 December. Hounslow and the rest of London fall under Tier 2 High Alert restrictions.
The Government will review the restrictions every 14 days, with the first review by 16 December.

A message from the Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill
Hounslow's Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill said, 

"While London will be in Tier 2 from 2nd December, this is no cause for celebration or complacency.

"It is evident that the Government still has worries about our infection levels and will soon review London's status.
 
"If we are going to avoid Tier 3 restrictions, the challenge to Hounslow residents is clear - we must follow the Tier 2 rules."
Christmas Celebrations
There will be special restrictions for five days over the Christmas period, the Government has announced.

Deadlines for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

The CJRS has been extended to 31‌‌‌ ‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1‌‌‌ ‌November, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The government will review the terms of the scheme in January.

You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before to claim for periods from 1‌‌‌ ‌November.

What you need to do now

  • Submit any claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌ ‌October on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌November – they will not be accepted after this date. Claims are subject to eligibility and the rules in force at the time.
  • Submit any claims for November, no later than 14‌‌‌ ‌‌December. You can claim before, during or after you process your payroll as long as your claim is submitted by the deadline.
  • Keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grant you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them. You can view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on GOV‌.UK.

For claim periods from 1‌‌‌ ‌December, you cannot claim CJRS grants for any days that your employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement or resignation.

You can check if you’re eligible, and work out how much you can claim using our CJRS calculator and examples, by searching 'Job Retention Scheme' on GOV‌.UK.

Claims deadlines

There are now monthly deadlines for claims. Claims for periods starting on or after 1‌‌‌ ‌November must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend in which case the deadline is the next weekday. Your deadline to make claims for employees furloughed in November is Monday 14‌‌‌ ‌December.

Publishing employers’ information

HMRC will publish the names, an indication of the value of claims and Company Registration Numbers of employers who make CJRS claims for periods from December onwards. We'll write to you again with details of when this information will be published.

For claim periods from December, your employees will also be able to check if you have made a CJRS claim on their behalf through their online Personal Tax Account. To set up a Personal Tax Account go to GOV‌.UK and search 'Personal Tax Account: sign in or set up'.

Where you can get further support

Thousands of people have joined and benefited from our live webinars which now offer more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you. To book online, or to view updated guidance, go to GOV‌.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

There’s also a helpful step-by-step guide on GOV.UK, summarising the latest information on CJRS and the steps you need to take to make a claim – you can find this by searching 'step by step guide'.

Our phone lines and webchat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on GOV‌.UK. This will leave our phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most.
Wow, what an incredible demo day...

Thank you for joining on Tuesday afternoon, as the compassionate innovators to watch in 2021 became the 7th cohort to graduate from the CRL accelerator. 

We have been so honoured to support them on this journey. By helping humankind, their inventions are united through compassionate innovation, their missions bound to deliver a better living experience for us all. 

You can catch the replay and all the pitches from Cohort 7 through the link below.

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Some exciting stuff in this month’s issue:

  • A Christmas tree on the high street sponsored by Ballymore will be put up by end of day 1 December outside Verdict, thank you to Brentford Voice as ever for working with us on this. We’re not proposing a formal lights switch on moment due to the likely large crowds closely gathering that are tricky to manage at such an event.
  • We’ve also been working with the high street committee at BV on supporting the December Sunday market with some additional stalls (on the high street and Catherine Wheel Road) – at The Brentford Project we’re inviting local makers and producers to sell their wares for Christmas gift shopping. There’ll be food and mulled wine, too. 10am – 3pm, plenty of distancing, crowd management, track and trace all in place, plus a one-way system on Catherine Wheel Road.
  • We’ve exchanged contracts with Morrisons, for a new store within The Brentford Project to open 2023. 

Click here for more details.
Donald MacKenzie provides musical entertainment to celebrate St Andrew's Day on Monday 30th November at 7pm 
St Andrew's Day Concert & Silent Film with Donald MacKenzie on Wurlitzer

Monday 30th November at 7pm 

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day - Musical Museum presents a special concert with renowned Scottish organist Donald MacKenzie. Known for his stylish accomplishments to silent films Donald presents the riotous Laurel & Hardy film “Putting Pants on Philip”. There will also be a selection of music with a Scottish flavour - ranging from the lively ‘Swing of the Kilt’ to a tribute in music to Sir Sean Connery and a selection of music from ‘Brigadoon'. Raise a glass of your favourite wee dram with us from the comfort of your own home and enjoy the music!

Wednesday, 9th December at 6:00 pm. 

The cost is £29 plus VAT and booking fee per person for a Standard Ticket, this ticket is just for the Ceremony.


I do hope you decide to enter into the spirit of the online 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.
November issue of Let's Talk Business out now

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