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Business support by Hounslow Council and externals organisations

Work and Skills Team at Hounslow Council

Work Hounslow are the Skills and Employment Team  at the Council who work to support unemployed and low-paid, in-work residents as well as local businesses to thrive and realise their full potential.

The team offers free support, including 1-2-1s with an adviser, for businesses with up to 10 staff based in the borough – contact on 020 8583 6174 or work@hounslow.gov.uk

Work Hounslow in partnership with other training consultants have designed workshops for Hounslow Businesses ranging from topics such as Digital business, Tax and legal terms, Business growth plan and many more.

If you’d like to enrol on any of theses courses please visit  Work Hounslow Event Brite

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce

Hounslow Chamber of Commerce is the business focused advisory, networking, marketing & business opportunity organisation for the 18,000 businesses in Hounslow. It is the voice of business in the region as a lobby and representation structure with all levels of government.

Hounslow Chamber in conjunction with Chiswickbuzz is holding FREE webinars  for Businesses in Hounslow covering a range of topics from Cyber Security, Doing business online, to Legal advice. 

The free webinars take place on Thursdays at 10am and run for 60 minutes. Hounslow chambers expert panel is here to give you that advice and help.

If you need any help, please contact Sallysmith@hounslowchamber.org.uk

West London Business

The West London Business is a non-profit business leadership forum for West London A new micro site and phone line dedicated to providing answers to West London businesses’ Coronavirus queries has been launched by West London Business the non-profit business leadership forum for West London. The micro site includes a knowledge base that is updated daily, as well as access to events and answers to frequently asked questions.

The helpline can be called Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm: 020 8607 2500

The London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub is here to help London based businesses through COVID-19 and beyond. Businesses can access free virtual support from the a team of dedicated advisers.

Business advisers can provide expertise across a broad range of business needs and can help with  free one-to-one support to access financial help, planning to deal with potential impacts of COVID-19 etc

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a national not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of members in Hounslow, where they work with the Council on projects such as Small Business Saturday, and are represented on the Hounslow Skills Training and Employment Partnership. Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

As experts in business, the organisation offers its members a wide range of vital market leading business services. These include advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. The FSB lobbies the government on issues affecting SMEs and supports a UK-wide network of members providing local change and networking.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responding by taking steps to ensure that, wherever possible, apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship, despite any break they need to take as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), and to support providers during this challenging time.

The guidance is for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). It outlines the changes that the Education and Skills Funding Agency is making to the apprenticeship programme during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here

 

DiT Support for UK Businesses trading internationally

This guidance is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read 

DIT can advise on:

  • smooth clearance of products with customs authorities
  • intellectual property (IP) and other issues with business continuity
  • export plans and exploring market opportunities
  • finding new routes to markets
  • dealing with agents and distributors
  • finding alternative suppliers
  • selling online and updating your digital (online) presence

 

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