Hounslow supports London’s hub for small businesses preparing for Brexit

Hounslow Borough Council has announced its support for a series of Business Hubs being set up across the city specifically for London small businesses preparing for Brexit.

Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019

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This follows Mayor Sadiq Khan’s unveiling of a range of new, free-to-access support options for London’s million-plus small businesses as they prepare for Brexit, which he launched at City Hall today, Monday 7 October. 

Although the nine new London Growth Hub centres offering face-to-face advice and resources are not in the borough, Hounslow Council is recommending its local businesses to avail of the free-to-access services at nearby Hammersmith & Fulham (The Huddle), Haringay (639 Community Enterprise Hub and Wood Green Library) and Harrow (the Civic Centre).  

Here at these locations, the new London Growth Hub service will start to operate across London and will help small business leaders take the basic steps they need to prepare for the impact of Brexit on areas such as import and export arrangements, EU staff, and potential changes to contracts and insurance.  This will be fully operational from 1 November.                             

Launched in 2017 and delivered by LEAP, London’s local enterprise partnership, the Hub brings together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online resource – and is now being expanded to offer in-person support as well. 

According to a recent survey by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), only nine per cent of London business leaders polled, say their business is prepared for a no-deal Brexit and nearly a fifth say they require support in planning for one.                                          

Speaking at the launch, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Brexit is a disaster for London and one of the biggest risks of a hard or no-deal Brexit is that the majority of small businesses remain unprepared. The Government has failed to provide any kind of certainty or the information and resources that entrepreneurs and businesses need. That’s why I’m stepping up the advice and support available from City Hall during this important period.” 

Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Business at Hounslow Council said: “The London Growth Hub is a vital resource for SMEs – and whether you need help with Brexit preparation, or other challenges facing your business, I urge all of London’s entrepreneurs to make use of the brilliant new business advice centres Mayor Khan and his team have established across the city.” 

He added: “These half day workshops are free of charge to all London-based businesses with some sessions tailored to specific sectors.  I recommend all Hounslow businesses to sign up now and Brexit-proof your business.” 

For further information, Hounslow businesses can contact the borough at: LGH@brexithelp.net or go to: 

https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20004/community_and_living/1946/brexit_-_business_and_employers

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