Chamber News

JULY’S TOP FEATURE – Menzies

With less than six months to go until the end of the transition period, and even though it has never been completely off the agenda, businesses have no time to waste in completing their Brexit […]

COVID-19 Updates

4/08/20  Covid-19 update: 4th August – https://conta.cc/39VvFfz – 29/07/20  Covid-19 update: 29th July – https://conta.cc/310H6yn 27/07/20  Covid-19 update: 27th July – https://conta.cc/2X18hYL – 24/07/20  Covid-19 update: 24th July – https://conta.cc/30PxAym 22/07/20  Covid-19 update: 22nd July […]

R&D Tax Relief & its Benefits

Research and Development (R&D) reliefs support companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology. It can be claimed by a range of companies that seek to research or develop an advance in their […]

An update on Heathrow’s operations

COVID-19 continues to weigh heavily on travel demand with Heathrow’s passenger numbers down by over 95% compared to the start of last year’s summer season. Since the beginning of this pandemic traffic and passenger numbers […]

Oasis info on First-time Buyer Stamp Duty

Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced several new initiatives to help jumpstart the economy. The main aim of his Summer Statement was to outline the government’s plan to stabilise the workforce and to stimulate new […]

Dagenham film studios plan approved

Plans for new Hollywood-style film studios in Dagenham, east London, have been approved by councillors. The £110 million proposals include sound stages and workshops on a 22-acre former pharmaceutical factory site at London East Business […]

Coronavirus Q&A: deferral of VAT payments

HMRC has set out answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the government’s VAT payments deferral measures, including which businesses are eligible and what will happen afterward. The VAT payments deferral measures […]

Hyatt Place West London is re-opening – 4th July

Hyatt Place West London Hayes is preparing to be open from 4th July 2020. Their primary concern at this time is the safety of their teams and guests, so they will be operating in line […]

Spa de Sal re-opens its doors on Monday 6th July.

People who know salt therapy have been waiting with bated breath for this news.  Finally, after 15 weeks of closure due to Government lockdown, they can start taking their regular relaxing hour of salt therapy […]

The very modest West London home where Freddie Mercury lived as a teenager

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Self employed income support scheme explained!

What are my ‘trading profits’? HMRC Guidance indicates that, in calculating trading profits, they will deduct: Allowable business expenses (e.g. deductible costs of travel, premises, staff stock etc.). The £1,000 trading allowance (where claimed instead of […]

Hounslow Chamber member, Ash Sanjenbam launches innovative sanitising station.

Hygiene Station that brings safety and confidence back in your business. Woodnet Lifestyles Ltd., seller of SaniPro Stations has been established on the back of the current pandemic. Ash Sanjenbam, MD of Woodnet Lifestyles Ltd, […]

HR Dept – Getting back to business beyond lockdown

Everything Speaks! How we as employers act now will be remembered by employees, customers and the local community long after the present health and economic crises end. Helping employees return to a safe place of […]

SMEs are being denied Business Interruption Insurance claims

Thanks for signing our open letter to the Association of British Insurers. Our campaign is growing in numbers and is catching the eye of the media. Last week we spoke to The Sunday Times, the […]

Bank of England Monetary Policy Report – May 2020

Please find attached the following link to the May Monetary Policy Report; this will include PowerPoint slides and Excel sheets containing the final charts and tables, as well as the visual summary.   MPR and […]

The Red Lion, Ealing, opens its doors as a Community Store

The Red Lion in Ealing has opened its doors to the local neighbourhood in a temporary new role as a community store. Like all pubs, The Red Lion is unable to operate in its usual […]

Hounslow Town Centre – The Way Ahead

Summary: A local government film seeking public comment of redevelopment plans for Hounslow. https://www.londonsscreenarchives.org.uk/title/406/

Rugby stars to speak at Fuller’s pubs in March

Fuller’s has partnered with London Pride and Guinness to host events with rugby stars Danny Care, Lewis Moody, Ben Kay, David Flatman and Tom Shanklin in selected pubs throughout March. The events will include a […]

METRO BANK OPENS IN HAMMERSMITH

Seven days a week, 362 days a year, early until late banking arrives in Hammersmith Grand opening celebrations take place on Friday 14 February More than 2,500 safe deposit boxes available to be reserved now […]

Brentford FC x The Shire London

North London venue join the Brentford Football Club partnership family The Shire London, the only UK golf course designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, have joined forces with Brentford Football Club as an Official Club […]

Ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East hotel opens in style

On Thursday 30th January, Splendid Hospitality Group hosted the launch party and ribbon cutting for the new ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East hotel. The event was attended by over 100 guests consisting of Splendid […]

Microbusiness Training Programmes

We are pleased to announce the Microbusiness launch event was published yesterday afternoon on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microbusiness-launch-event-tickets-85630159111 For more infomation click the link below: Self Employed Business Support Flyer  

Kate Eastwood joins Fuller’s as Operations Director – City

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, the premium pubs and hotels business, today [3 February 2020] announces the appointment of Kate Eastwood to the role of Operations Director for the City division. Kate has a background […]

The reason why Hounslow Council will continue to fly the EU flag after Brexit

Britain has officially left the EU, but in our hugely diverse capital not everyone is happy about the impact Brexit may have. Local councils across London are helping EU nationals to apply to settle in the […]

Brentford FC x Tela Technology

Technology, telephony and IT service providers partner with The Bees Tela Technology, a trusted provider of business communication solutions across mobile, telephony, connectivity, unified communications and IT managed services, have joined the Brentford Football Club […]

Clarendon School opens new Sensory Room

thanks to The Cabbage Patch 10 The Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham raised £15,000 for Clarendon School through the 2019 Cabbage Patch 10, enabling the school to build a new sensory room in its Secondary […]

IBIS STYLES LONDON HEATHROW EAST HOTEL NOW OPEN

The new Art Deco inspired ibis Styles London Heathrow East hotel is now open. Situated in a prime West London location and just a short drive from Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the ideal location […]

University of West London on board for Brentford FC’s last Emirates FA Cup campaign at Griffin Park

With Brentford Football Club preparing for what may be their final Emirates FA Cup tie at their historic Griffin Park home, the University of West London have further expanded their long-standing partnership. Brentford – third […]

IKEA comes to Hammersmith

IKEA UK has announced plans to open a ‘unique’ store in Hammersmith. Its uniqueness comes from its relatively small size. IKEAs are normally the size of a small town, but this one represents ‘a whole new […]

ACCOR ANNOUNCES OPENING OF IBIS STYLES LONDON HEATHROW EAST

The new ibis Styles hotel will open in December Accor, the leading augmented hospitality group, today announces that the newly built ibis Styles London Heathrow East will open by the end of December. The hotel […]

Financial results for the 26 weeks ended 28 September 2019 A solid start for our focused premium pubs and hotels business

Financial Highlights • £164.5 million profit from the sale of the Fuller’s Beer Business • Revenue* up 6% to £174.8 million (H1 2019: £165.0 million) Comparable basis, excluding the impact of IFRS 16*: • Adjusted […]

Sadia Barlow Photography

Sadia Barlow Photography is a Hounslow based husband and wife team and work with entrepreneurs and SMEs on their personal branding portfolio.  From time to time they like to collaborate with local professionals and for […]

Thomas Cook refunds 40,000 customers by deadline

About 40,000 customers owed money after Thomas Cook’s demise have been refunded within a promised 60-day deadline, according to latest figures. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) initially said all 67,000 claims made on the first […]

Sadia Barlow Photography Giveaway

To celebrate the Launch of its new Personal Branding Photography Service, Sadia Barlow Photography, a Boutique Photography Business based in London, has decided to mark the launch by giving away a high-end personal branding photo […]

Brentford Travelodge Fire Being Treated as Suspicious

The Metropolitan police have confirmed to BrentfordTW8.com that they are now treating the fire that took place at the Travelodge Hotel as suspicious. 160 staff and guests including small children had to be evacuated from […]

Accor Announces Opening of Ibis Styles London Heathrow East

Accor, the leading augmented hospitality group, announces that the newly built ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East will open by the end of December.  The hotel has been conceived in partnership with Splendid Hospitality Group, […]

The Get Together: celebrating 174 years of Fuller’s

On Tuesday 19 November, Fuller, Smith and Turner, the premium pub and hotel business, is holding The Get Together – an anniversary event held across all its managed pubs. In 1845, the partnership papers of […]

CAPITAL WEST LONDON PUBLISHES CREATIVE MANIFESTO

Capital West London, the groundbreaking inward investment and trade promotion programme commissioned by the West London Alliance, has published a manifesto  for the Creative Industries in West London, aimed at cementing the sub-region’s place as […]

The Magazine TW7 & TW8

The Magazine Tw7 & TW8 is a Monthly publication. The magazine focuses on bringing local businesses and communities together to connect. The areas covered are Osterley, Isleworth, Brentford and Syon. Coverage on local events, businesses, […]

Garner & Hancock Myth Busting Seminar

Hounslow Chamber of commerce COO Sally Smith and Director Alan rides attended the Garner & Hancock Myth Busting Seminar. They were very pleased to have attended the seminar and those who couldn’t attend the seminar, […]

Feltham and Hounslow Aldi stores will be among first to trial new vegan range

Britain’s fifth largest supermarket is determined to take a slice of the (vegan) pie Shoppers in Feltham and Hounslow can now be the first to try Aldi’s new vegan range. The range is being trialled […]

Fuller’s acquires Cotswold Inns & Hotels

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, the premium pubs and hotels business, today announces it has exchanged contracts to acquire Cotswold Inns & Hotels Ltd for a total consideration of £40 million. The Acquisition comprises a […]

Waitrose and John Lewis to stop putting plastic toys in Christmas crackers

Waitrose and John Lewis are to stop selling Christmas crackers containing plastic toys from 2020 as part of plans to cut down on single-use plastic. Instead crackers will be filled with toys made from recyclable […]

Closed garden centre in Hounslow may reopen in 2020

A garden centre in West London which closed last month may reopen in 2020, its site owners have revealed. Wyevale decided to relinquish its lease on the site in August, with the decision part of plans […]

Brentford FC sign Levy UK as official catering partner for new stadi

Levy UK on board for Brentford Community Stadium, due to open next summer Brentford FC has appointed sports stadia catering market leaders Levy UK as their official food and hospitality partner for their new stadium. […]

Pound gains as Johnson says Brexit deal reached

The pound has risen after a Brexit deal was agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams. Sterling jumped more than 1% against the dollar at first, climbing above $1.29, after Boris Johnson said the UK […]

Car financing crackdown ‘to save drivers £165m’

The UK’s financial regulator has announced a crackdown on the car financing industry which it claims will save drivers £165m. The Financial Conduct Authority wants to ban the way that some car dealers and brokers […]

Over 1,000 a Day Predicted To Use New Brentford Rail Line

At least a thousand people are predicted to use a proposed new overground line to Brentford for their morning commute. It is anticipated that it will open in 2026, and when it does, the line […]

Fuller’s to Sponsor UK National Team in Bocuse d’Or Competition

Fuller, Smith and Turner – the premium pub and hotel business – today announces that it is to sponsor the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy, the organisation set up to represent Team UK in the global […]

#AYearOfBuses 281: Hounslow – Tolworth

Today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is the holder of a very special award! London United’s 281 runs from Hounslow, in Outer London, heading due south to Tolworth, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. In […]

Trio hit hat-tricks as Oxford United Women hammer Hounslow

GEORGIA Timms, Lauren Haynes and Emily Allen grabbed hat-tricks as Oxford United Women ran riot against Hounslow. Cheryl Williams and 16-year-old Carly Johns were also on target in an 11-0 thrashing at Court Place Farm. It was […]

The areas of West London that will be connected to Crossrail by new railway line

Hounslow Council has commissioned Network Rail to begin a detailed study, known as GRIP 4, on building the new train link. The proposed West London Orbital (WLO) will on completion constitute 11 miles of routes […]

UK set to avoid recession despite poor August

The UK’s economy is expected to avoid a recession after showing better-than-expected growth in the three months to the end of August. The 0.3% three-month rise came despite a contraction during August itself. The economy […]

Thomas Cook’s 555 shops to be bought by rival

All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs. The independent travel agent is buying the shops from the Official Receiver, […]

KIA Beauty Salon

KIA Beauty Salon have completed 9 years in style and now have a fantastic New Look. This was in line with Asda’s New Look launch. Mrs. Abhnash Bains, the Director and Owner of KIA Beauty […]

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters provides useful, free resources to encourage adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover free, simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. They would […]

Hong Kong drops £32bn bid for London Stock Exchange

Hong Kong’s stock exchange has dropped its multibillion-dollar bid for the prized London Stock Exchange (LSE). The bid was worth £32bn ($40bn) and was dependent on the axing of the London exchange’s planned purchase of […]

Thomas Cook refund form launched online

Thomas Cook customers who had booked holidays with the collapsed travel firm can now claim for a refund online. About 800,000 people had been due to take trips with the firm in the coming months, […]

Unilever to cut plastic use to appeal to Gen Z

Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf and PG Tips, says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers. The firm is responsible for […]

BP names new boss as Bob Dudley steps down

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley is stepping down next year after running the oil company during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. Mr Dudley – who has spent 40 years with BP […]

Airivo Offices Acquires New Business Centre In Chislehurst, Greater London

Airivo, flexible office space provider, are delighted to announce the acquisition of Chislehurst Business Centre in Kent. The 15,000 ft² Grade II listed building, can deliver flexible office accommodation for up to 35 SME’s and […]

Ex-Tory MP Rory Stewart stands down to run for London mayor

Former Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart is quitting as an MP to run for London mayor as an independent candidate. He will stand in next year’s election against current Labour mayor Sadiq Khan and Tory […]

Metro Bank chairman Vernon Hill to step down

Metro Bank has announced that its controversial chairman and co-founder Vernon Hill will leave the embattled lender by the end of the year. The bank said in July that Mr Hill would be stepping down […]

Tesco boss Dave Lewis in shock departure

Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis is to leave next year after leading a turnaround plan for Britain’s biggest supermarket chain. In move that surprised analysts, Mr Lewis – who took the helm in 2011 – […]

John Lewis axes third of top jobs in restructuring

A third of senior management jobs will be axed at the John Lewis Partnership as the company streamlines its structure from February next year. The partnership is merging the managements of its High Street department […]

Sainsbury’s to close 60 Argos stores as profit set to dip

Sainsbury’s will close 60-70 Argos stores as it adds more of the catalogue shop’s outlets to its own stores.The company will open about 80 Argos concessions in its supermarkets, it said in a trading update. The […]

Climate change: Firms make green energy vows as call for action grow

Some of the world’s largest firms including Amazon and Google have committed to big-spending green energy plans as calls for climate action increase.Amazon has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040 and Google said it […]

RBS is first UK big four bank to be led by a woman

RBS has named Alison Rose as its new chief executive, making her the first woman to lead one of the UK’s big four banks.Ms Rose, who joined the bank 27 years ago as a graduate […]

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions Q3 2019

This is a summary of economic reports compiled by our Agents during July and August 2019. It generally compares activity and prices over the past three months with a year ago. The information in this […]

British Airways pilots call off next week’s strike

British Airways pilots have called off the next strike in their dispute, which had been scheduled for 27 September.Last week, a two-day stoppage called by the pilots’ union, Balpa, forced BA to cancel almost all […]

Feltham Opticians nominated for national award

Local Opticians Feltham Eyecare Centre has been nominated for a national award by the optical industry.  The practice is one of only four in the UK to be nominated for Marketing Campaign of the Year […]

Sainsbury’s pledges to halve plastic packaging by 2025

Sainsbury’s has become the latest supermarket to target packaging waste, pledging to halve the amount of plastic used in its stores by 2025. Its customers will have to change their behaviour to achieve the “bold […]

SSE sale of retail business to Ovo creates new UK energy giant

Ovo is set to become the UK’s second largest energy supplier after it agreed to buy SSE’s retail business for £500m. Ovo – which was created 10 years ago – is already the UK’s largest […]

BRENTFORD COMMITS TO ERADICATING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BOTTLES AT TRAINING GROUND

Today, the Club took a big step forward in reducing our plastic waste by introducing reusable bottles for every member of coaching and playing staff at our Jersey Road Training Ground. In line with Sky […]

Four-day work week unrealistic, says Labour-commissioned report

People should work fewer hours to earn a living, but capping their hours would be unrealistic, a report commissioned by the Labour Party has claimed. The report, by cross-bench peer Robert Skidelsky, said working less […]

Hanworth Park house

Hanworth Air Park was built right next to a grand old house, Hanworth Park House (HPH). After the war HPH became a hotel and being so close to the Aston Martin Lagonda premises became quite […]

London Stock Exchange gets £32bn Hong Kong bid

The company that owns Hong Kong’s main stock exchange has made a £32bn bid to buy its rival in London. Shares in the London Stock Exchange Group jumped by more than 15% on news of […]

California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

Assembly Bill 5, as its known, will affect firms like Uber and Lyft, which are based in California and depend on those working in the gig economy.Some estimates suggest costs for those firms would increase […]

Violent retail crime leading to PTSD for shop staff, report says

Shop workers are experiencing “severe mental health consequences” as a result of violent store crime, a study says. The report by City, University of London, says a rise in violent retail crime is causing “long-lasting anxiety […]

Wage growth stays strong as unemployment falls

Wages have continued to grow at a strong pace and employment remains at record highs, official figures show. Earnings excluding bonuses grew at an annual pace of 3.8% in the May to July period, down slightly […]

We are back!!!

You may have noticed some radio silence recently, I was on holiday. We are now back in action, raring to start the next 110 years and more specifically the Autumn, so usual service will be […]

Hounslow Highways is now a Refill Station

Be a part of the solution don’t add to the pollution! Hounslow Highways are happy to announce they have recently been added to Refill’s station list. This means that anyone using Refill’s app will find […]

Feltham in Bloom!

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Partnerships Director for GWC Creative Enterprise Zone

We are delighted to share that Bill Boler will start as Partnerships Director for the Great West Creatives (GWC) Creative Enterprise Zone – based at West London Business – from Monday 2 September.   Bill has […]

Commuters to receive free travel for a month from Gospel Oak to Barking

Sadiq Khan the London mayor has requested free travel for commuters who use the Gospel to Barking Overground line due to software setbacks and repeated delays. Around 30,000 commuters will receive free travel as compensation […]

InterContinental Hotels Group sees Profit Surge

Despite slowing growth in China with the trade war with America and the protests in Hong Kong, Holiday Inn owner InterContinental Hotels Group has seen half year profits soar 25%. In the six months to […]

Together We Are Making Hounslow Cleaner and Greener

We have some fantastic spaces, communities and neighbourhoods in Hounslow, and like many other places, we are experiencing challenges from littering, increases in fly tipping, and a perceived loss of civic pride. These behaviours are […]

UK services sector shows sign of improvement

Activity in the UK’s services sector improved in July, according to the IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index for services. It climbed to 51.4 in July, from 50.2 in June, the highest since October. A reading […]

The Duke’s River Path Opens between Twickenham and Isleworth

It was officially opened by the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Tony Louki and Deputy Mayor of Richmond Cllr James Chard at a special launch on Friday (26 July). The Duke’s River runs between Kneller Gardens […]

Fall in Sterling could lead to surge in Chinese citizens visiting the UK

JGOO, the next generation mobile payments platform, says the increased chance of a hard Brexit and the growing possibility of a general election means Sterling could fall further, leading to a possible surge in Chinese […]

Abundance London Street Party!

Piazza launch street party Sunday 15th September 11-4 PM In association with the Cookbook Festival, the Book Festival and Car Free Day. We will be closing Turnham Green Terrace, putting tables down the center, music […]

AA reminds business drivers to think ahead when heading abroad

With almost five million UK drivers heading abroad each summer, many of those in leased vehicles, the AA’s business services team is reminding fleet managers, finance providers and rental companies to update the checklists they […]

New Hounslow group to help those impacted by welfare reforms

The formation of this group is part of an initial three stage project to devise a joint action plan to help residents across the borough mitigate the impact of recent reforms, particularly around increased poverty. […]

International shoppers overlook mainland Europe in favour of UK

The UK was the European destination of choice for international shoppers in June, with retailers experiencing an impressive 13% spike in sales to non-EU shoppers. The UK was leagues ahead of its European neighbours, as […]

Council Commits to Action on Climate Emergency

At a meeting of Borough Council on 23 July, Hounslow Council declared a motion recognising the Government’s amendment to its Climate Change Act Environmental and Sustainability Strategy (Paper No.19-197), that introduces a legally binding net […]

Fuller’s Financial Results

Fuller’s financial results for the 52 Weeks ended 30 March 2019! Click here to view.

AccessAble Hosts First Workshop in Hounslow

The first part of the workshop was led by Ellen Iliot, and Amy Waumsley, Partnerships Managers at AccessAble who explained what is involved in the surveying process and how their Access Guides help people with […]