Chamber News

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.


  • The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.
  • Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. The candidates are aged between 16-24 and are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors can get involved.


How to apply if you are an employer?

If you are applying for 30 or more job placements, you can submit your application online. If you are creating fewer than 30 job placements, a Kickstart gateway organisation can act on your behalf and apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.  Hounslow Chamber is applying to be a gateway organisation.  Please contact Sally Smith on

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Business support for our BAME businesses webinar, as part of Black History Month – Click here to watch

Retraction: During our recent BAME webinar, Carol Sam referred to the ‘murder’ of George Floyd.  We wish to point out, at the request of one of our attendees, that the American former police office, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter, with the trial taking place some time in 2021.

Back Heathrow – Facebook Live 4/09/20 – Thank you to last week’s guests – Sally and Alan from Hounslow Chamber of Commerce. you can catch-up on their advice for small businesses here.

Building confidence / Health & Wellbeing featuring Safer Business Hounslow, Covid – 19 advice for reopening your business 16/07/20 –

Webinar Advice from Hounslow Chamber Task Force 14/05/20 –

Webinar Health and Wellbeing 12/05/20 –

Webinar Advice from Hounslow Chamber Task Force 07/05/20 –

Advice from Hounslow Chamber Task Force 30/04/20 –

Micro business support in these unprecedented times 22/04/20 –

Advice from Hounslow Chamber task force 16/04/20 –

Business Advice From Hounslow Chamber Task Force webinar  08/04/20 –

Cash Flow/Finance webinar 06/04/20 –

Launch of Task Force on 31/03/20 –


An amazing discussion with Alan Rides MIEx (Grad), Managing Director, West LONDON Local Chambers, Director Hounslow Chamber and BICC, plus Council British Exporters Association, discussing his experience, and the initiatives the Chamber is undertaking. He also talked about the Chamber’s secret weapon Sally Smith, and said she is a fountain of energy. Lots of value for #smeuk and for businesses abroad.

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Every click earns £1 for the NHS – how can you not do it?

The Uspire message is:

we energise your people to transform your business

Your first step is easy – give us one hour of your time, so we can learn more about your specific needs.

Javier Echave CFO speaking at the Heathrow Summit

For over 20 years, the Heathrow Busines Summits have enabled SME’s to meet face-to-face with Heathrow’s top suppliers- connecting them to new contacts, advice and business oppotunities.

The English Job: understanding Iran and why it disturb Britain

A discussion on the book with the author, former Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Jack Straw

About the book : With tensions rising sharply between Tehran and the West, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw unveils a richly detailed account of Britain’s turbulent relationship with Iran, illuminating the culture, psychology and history of a much-misunderstood nation. Informed by Straw’s wealth of experience negotiating Iran’s labyrinthine internal politics, The English Job is a powerful, clear-sighted and compelling portrait of an extraordinary country.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw served in the 1997 – 2010 Labour government as Foreign Secretary (2001 to 2006), Home Secretary (1997 to 2001), Leader of the Commons (2006 to 2007), and Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007 to 2010). In 2001 Straw became the first British foreign secretary to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution. He has since visited the country multiple times and continues to contribute to the conversation on Iranian-British relations, most recently publishing The English Job: Understanding Iran and Why It Distrusts Britain, the subject of this CMEC event.