EU review and the impact of US presidential election on global trade 
Webinar - 15th December 2020 from 3:00 pm - 4:30pm

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
  • 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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Against a headline in Monday's Evening Standard

Matt Hancock urges Londoners to ‘stick to the rules’ as Covid cases rise

Congratulations to Hounslow whose figures were
Hounslow 418 cases, down 48 (10.3 per cent) with a rate of 153.9,
Please continue to be careful, follow the rules and stay safe.
Your Safer Business Hounslow team will be on the streets to help all the way through the Christmas holidays working hard, if you see any of the team please show your support with a “thanks for your help” comment to them
The Hounslow pound - Keep it local this Christmas

Our ‘Keep it Local’ campaign supports local businesses in the run up to Christmas.
We are encouraging residents to do their Christmas shopping locally, as businesses can remain open under Tier 2 restrictions. But you must remember to wear a face covering when shopping.

‘Keep it local’ showcases independent businesses across the borough and encourages residents to support local businesses, including online, after a difficult year.

The DWP have launched the West London Rapid Response Service for Redundancies. If you are at risk of being made redundant you can receive:

  • Job search support
  • Referral to supporting organisations
  • Benefits advice
  • Upskilling/Retraining support

Contact Mohit (Team Leader) on 07979512538, Mona on 07385414723, Priya on 07385414681 or Rishika on 07385414642.
Targeted support for residents who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19

More than £12 million has been made available through the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) programme to help people to find work and to develop new skills and retrain to improve their chances of securing alternative employment. The scheme is designed to help people who have been unemployed and in receipt of benefits for at least 13 weeks. Employment advisers will support individuals for up to six months and candidates will have access to online courses, training and information on suitable vacancies. Find out more here.
Are you a woman interested in any of the varied roles available in the Construction Industry? Women Into Construction is partnering with West London College and the Mayor's Construction Academy West London to run a programme for 15 unemployed women. The programme will enable you to gain a CSCS card and includes a two-week work placement followed by support to gain employment in the industry. An information session will take place on 11th January 2021 from 12.30 to 3.30 - to reserve your place you must register in advance here
Digital Skills Courses

Hounslow Adult and Community Education (HACE) provide a wide range of courses to help adults discover their full potential and are currently offering an extensive range of great online learning opportunities.

Here are some upcoming free courses to help you and your family improve your digital skills

Essential Digital Skills; FREE qualification course
Learn how to use your laptop, computer or tablet to access information, use the internet and communicate online safely.
This is a 12-week course starting in January 2021, taking place over 2 mornings for 4 hours per week.
Before you register for the course you will need to book an initial assessment on either:
9 December (9.30am – 2.00pm) or 16 December (10.00am – 2.00pm)

Digital Skills for Employment
This course is held on a Saturday from 9.30am – 11.30am.
The course runs for 5 weeks; you can choose between 9 January - 5 February, or 27 February - 27 March.

Please call 020 8583 6000 for further information.
£2,000 worth of construction training for free!

MIT Skills in partnership with Ecoworld London are offering a 4-6 week construction training programme with a guaranteed 2-week work experience placement and a job interview. Applicants must be Hounslow residents and over 18. The training will take place in Brentford and recruitment is underway now for the next course which will start soon. For more information please email here and put "Referred from Work Hounslow" in the subject box.
Stage two of the Cavalry Barracks public consultation has begun.
Virtual consultation events are taking place next week. Interested residents and businesses can take a moment to visit the project website – – and register for one of three events.

Heathrow uncut: at noon this Friday, December 11 – on our Facebook page

I am pleased to say that we have a Christmas treat for you with our final Facebook Live guest of the year. Nigel Milton is Director of Communications at Heathrow airport and will give us an inside view into an extraordinary year at the airport.

His responsibilities include managing the airport’s relationships with politicians, government, businesses and he regularly represents the airport in public meetings.

He has a long association with transport and was Private Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, John Prescott.

I would welcome some tough questions from you – Nigel enjoys a robust debate! We will be reviewing a year like no other – from quarantine to strikes and from a collapse in passenger numbers to legal challenges on expansion, get your questions to me as soon as you can by replying to this email today.

You can watch the interview live on Friday at noon, right here.
Newable has just launched the new Global Young Innovators Programme on behalf of Innovate UK and UK Aid, delivered in partnership with Exemplas, Innocircle and Advance International Business Development.
This programme is a fantastic opportunity to support the UK’s next generation of future innovators and leaders (aged 18-30) in the current climate.
About the programme:
The Global Young Innovators programme offers 60 forward-thinking, entrepreneurial minds from across the UK and South Africa (aged 18-30), a platform to join forces, ignite ideas and co-design solutions that can help solve five of the greatest challenges facing our global community.
Providing mentorship, industry leading training and the chance to pitch for £10,000 in grant funding, this bespoke 3 to 9-month programme is designed to connect and equip UK and South African young innovators with the resources needed to bridge the gap, and transform their early-stage idea into a viable business.
Application page:
You can also read more in this programme flyer – view flyer here.
Who is the programme for?
  • UK-based early-stage or start-up businesses
  • Founders and entrepreneurs who are aged 18-30 years
  • With an early-stage idea or solution to address one of the five global challenges
  • Eager to collaborate with a South African Young Innovator on a joint project
  • Have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last 3 fiscal years
  • Committed to fully engage with the programme's package of support and attend all events
Programme dates:
Applications close: 5.00pm (GMT) 08 January 2021
Phase 1: 15 Jan - 19 March 2021
Phase 2: 19 Mar - 30 September 2021
Oasis Accountants & Peninsula HR invites you for the LifeSize Webinar


  • Shankar Devarashetty, Director Oasis Accountants
  • Matthew Blossom, Business Development, Peninsula

  • The NEW H&S guidelines published
  • What goes into a COVID-19 Risk Assessment?
  • What training you need for your staff?
  • 52 new Employment Laws published April 6th 2020- Good work Plan
  • How to protect your business from the upcoming recession? 
  • Second Furlough Compliance - Flexi & Full Furlough

Date:  10 December 2020 12:00 noon - 1:00pm
Covid Community campaign launched (courtesy of London Councils)

Former homelessness tsar Dame Louise Casey yesterday launched a Covid Community Campaign to support and coordinate efforts to ensure people do not go hungry over the winter and beyond.

The campaign, which is kicking off in London, is supported by London Councils, the Mayor of London and charities including the Trussell Trust, Fair Share, Magic Breakfast and Social Bite.

said: "The impact of Covid on lives, jobs and communities has been devastating. Across London we have seen residents forced into desperate situations, parents going without so their children can eat.

"Councils working with their communities are doing everything we can across the capital to provide a vital safety net. But we need help to meet the scale of the need we are seeing this winter.

"The last year has been tough but it's also shown when we come together to support each other we can do extraordinary things and I know by working together as Londoners we can make sure that no one goes hungry this winter."

If you would like to donate locally, or if you are in need of support, you can find a link to your local council pages here.
West London NHS Trust are recruiting for the following:

  • Seasonal Flu & Pandemic Immuniser - fixed term contract - based at any vaccination site across North West London - salary band 4 (£21,892 - £24,157)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Admin Support - fixed term contract - based at any vaccination site across North West London - salary band 3 (19,737 - £21,142)
  • Volunteer Services Manager - based at Armstrong Way UB2 - salary band 7 (£38,890 - £44,503)

For a full job description please email here and put the job title you are interested in into the subject box.

Please note the deadline for applications is 18th December.
Brentford Celebrates Christmas with Festive Market 
On Sunday 13th December, the spirit of Christmas will descend on Brentford for a festive market, with a range gifts, arts, crafts, and food stalls on offer across two locations in the town centre.
Alongside Brentford’s regular, much-loved Sunday market on Market Square by Verdict on Brentford High Street, there will also be stalls at The Brentford Project, on Catherine Wheel Road - both of which will offer a great selection of craft traders, independent sellers, and festive food and drink.
There will be a thoughtful selection of stalls for visitors to browse, eat and shop, including seasonal gift ideas and hand-made products by some of Brentford’s craftiest artisans. Social distancing measures will also be in place across both locations. 
The markets have come together with the support of local community group, Brentford Voice, which has been working with Ballymore to support high street retail at these challenging times.
Verdict will be selling coffee and cakes, and bakery and grill, Rye by the Water, will also be serving up some festive treats, alongside its regular freshly baked breads and pastries. While a festive offering from Santa Maria Pizzeria, and other food and drink stalls will offer visitors a choice of takeaway options.
The Brentford Christmas Market will be open from 10am – 3pm and welcomes everyone to celebrate the season. Let us know you’re coming by registering your details on our Eventbrite
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