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Dinner held at the Uzbekistan Embassy

We were privileged to attend this event on the invitation of the country’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Said Rustamov, and the Head of Trade and Investment, Ravshanbek Duschanov held at the Uzbekistan Embassy, London on the evening of Thursday 6th May.

His Excellency the Ambassador

The purpose of the Dinner was to discuss the development of international trade between the UK and Uzbekistan. The meeting was attended by senior representatives of major companies in the UK, some of which are already trading with Uzbekistan and others planning on doing so.

Group Photo at Embassy

His Excellency Said Rustanor and Mr Duschanov both delivered fascinating and most informative presentations on the current economic and political development of Uzbekistan and this was followed by a truly delicious meal comprising traditional Uzbek dishes.

Embassy Reception
Dinner at Uzbekistan Embassy

The Embassy are members of Southside Chamber of Commerce, and participate in many Chamber events. We ran a highly successful Trade Mission to the country in 2019 and a further such Mission is planned for autumn this year with the assistance and co-operation of the Embassy.

Gerry sitting at Embassy Reception
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BUSINESS WEBINARS – Disability Awareness

LSCC Virtual Meetings Powered by Zoom

Dates: 2nd, 9th & 16th June 2021, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Be approachable and professional when dealing with disabled clients
As a business you might well already be providing or able to provide goods and services to this market. However, there exists a fear factor and there are many pre-conceptions associated with disability which act as a barrier.
This virtual training is designed to help break down and remove the fear factor and the pre-conceptions and teach simple techniques that will help to remove unnecessary obstacles in communication.

The seminar will be led by Jennie Williams the CEO of Enhance the UK. Enhance The UK are a charity run by disabled people, challenging perceptions and providing fun and educational disability awareness training.

Do you need to:
• Meet the legal requirements of disability discrimination legislation such as the Equality Act (2010)
• Ensure that staff have the confidence and the know how to appropriately communicate with and best support disabled people?
• Plan inclusive and accessible events
• Ensure that your business environment, policies, and procedures are accessible
• Check that your internal and external communication is reflective of best practice accessibility guidelines, tone and terminology
• Become disability confident
• Increase revenue
• Increase staff retention and disability disclosure
• Embed inclusion into the ethos of your organisation


You will then receive a confirmation email with links to join the meetings


For maximum benefit you should attend all three events but let me know if one or two of the dates are inconvenient

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A presentation by the Bank of England

An Update About this Event

This was a joint online event for London Southside Chamber of Commerce and Southwark Chamber of Commerce. It provided an opportunity to learn from our most important independent financial institution about what is really going on in the London economy and the benefits to our members’ businesses.

Rob Elder, the Bank of England Agent for Greater London, set out the existing position as he sees it.  See Rob’s details HERE.

Prior to COVID-19 restrictions only those who could get an invitation to lunch at the Bank had access to this kind of insight but now with the magic of video conferencing they were able to have a virtual breakfast briefing at the Bank.

In the course of a truly fascinating talk, Rob covered the effects to date and the possible future impact on London’s economy of the Pandemic and of Brexit. The event was well attended by members of LSCC and of Southwark Chamber.

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So, what has open source research ever done for us?

Thursday 29th April 2021, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

LSCC Virtual Meeting Powered by Zoom

Using Open Source research for Due Diligence

If you employ someone in a role that involves commercial confidentiality, or there is some sensitivity around it, or if you are looking to sign a contract with a new company, you will know about conducting “due diligence” enquiries and, at some stage, you will be doing “open source research” but what exactly is that? This webinar will explore how effective it can be.

Many people and businesses think that “open source research” involves nothing more than a Google search, and are content to rely on that as the extent of their due diligence enquiries. If you get it wrong there is the risk of employing someone who is not who they appear to be – which can have a significant impact on your business. Furthermore, recent legislation and court cases have due made plain that regulatory authorities are focusing much more on what steps businesses have taken to ensure that the companies and businesses they deal with are legitimate. Failure to do so can result in both financial penalties and reputational damage.

Ventham Consulting specialises in open source research, using techniques and skills based on those learned in specialist operations of policing and intelligence, and adapted to the wider business and civil world. We recently submitted evidence about the value of this form of investigation to the House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee inquiry into economic crime. This webinar is designed to give a background to the sort of problems encountered, the opportunities offered by online research, and how it can assist your business.

You are invited to join the meeting via Zoom.

When: 29th April at 4:00pm UK time.

Meeting ID: 950 2236 5708

Passcode: k7N%3vxL8D

For further information please contact Gerry on 07958 584479 or email

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A presentation by the Bank of England

Tuesday 13th April 2021, 9.00am to 10.00am

Virtual Meeting Powered by Zoom

About this Event

This is a joint online event for London Southside Chamber of Commerce and Southwark Chamber of Commerce. Hear from our most important independent financial institution about what is really going on in the LONDON ECONOMY and the BENEFITS FOR YOUR BUSINESS – without the spin.

Rob Elder, the Bank of England Agent for Greater London, will set out the current position as he sees it.  For Rob’s details you can look at

Prior to COVID-19 restrictions only those who could get an invitation to lunch at the Bank had access to this kind of insight but now with the magic of video conferencing you can have a virtual breakfast briefing at the Bank – as long as you provide your own food and beverages of course.


You will then receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting


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Member Webinars


Upcoming webinars being presented by members are:

Introduction to Self-Havening®: Letting-go of Traumatic Stress & Trauma:

Self-Havening® – Resilience Building in Your Hands:

Also on 9th March at 17.00, a look at the benefits of the London Healthy Workplace Award and the COVID19 checklist that can be used in your workplace.  You can register HERE.

The next on 16th March at 17.00 gives practical guidance on applying for the London Healthy Workplace Award.  You can register HERE.

Also The London Business Hub often has useful information, as does

Company of the Month – May 2020



At CoPear global communications, we are focused on delivering innovative, cutting edge services and future-proofing solutions, providing intelligent cost-effective solutions and services that enable businesses and individuals to evolve. CoPear gives them the ability to embrace new technologies and benefit from them.

CoPear specialises in IT, communications networks and platforms, working with clients of varying sizes and needs. In addition, we can help clients maximise the return achievable from their IT investment and infrastructure.

In recent months we have been forging and developing relationships with strategic partners in the UK and overseas. This is with a view to extending our capabilities within, new innovation, R&D education and training.

We offer tailor-made packages and services which best meet your current and future needs. This month we are delighted to be able to offer members of the London Southside Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to benefit from our services for less.

Our “LSCC members end of year offer” entitles all members to at least 30% off any of our services booked before December 2020.
Call us today to book your free consultation: 020 3475 3272

We very much look forward to hearing from other LSCC members and working with you.


Free IT Health Check

Our comprehensive IT audit is carried out by senior consultant specialists that provides:

  • A list of key risk areas
  • General security review
  • Review of disaster recovery & business continuity plan
  • Hardware and inventory review
  • Review of system performance
  • Security updates and patch audit

To find out if your organisation qualifies, contact us today by completing the form.

IT Health Check – (


Nidal Jurdi | IT Manager



t. +44 203475 3272


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Business News: COVID-19

Dear Members and Colleagues

I hope you are keeping well and managing to cope as best as possible in the current situation. Given the advice from the government, we have postponed all networking events until further notice, when we are all informed that things are improving.

However, let’s all try and stay in touch and do please feel free to let me know if there is anything we or other members can do to help out with.

Tel: 07958 584479

Many LSCC members have offered up advice along with their own services as an aid during this time, we’ll be updating this page with info as it comes:
  • Guy Bridger of Taxfile suggests looking at the following site:

  • Debra Wilson of Anthony Gold suggests looking at the documents below:

  • Andrew Charnock of HR Dept suggests He is also happy to speak to members regarding advice on employment-related issues in the current situation and can be contacted on 0845 8630663 or He has also sent a PowerPoint detailing the job retention scheme which can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • Simone Bowman of Bow Law Chambers is offering 15-minute legal advice sessions over Zoom/Skype on anything relating to:
  1. Immediate drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney (In Welfare and Finance/Property, which means granting a loved one the power to deal with their affairs in the event that they cannot)
  2. Probate advice and administration of Estates for anyone who has unfortunately passed away
  3. Reviewing their Employment Contracts, Risk Policies
  4. Consideration of Redundancies and the legal framework they should follow
  5. Advice on temporary laying off staff
  6. Professional Ethics and Compliance with Home Working and drafting disclaimers and data protection of Client data if appropriate
  • Cosimo Fenocchi of Mbare points out that his restaurant in Clapham is currently closed but members can purchase vouchers for when it reopens on the following site:

  • Radiana Vlahova of Staybridge Suites tells us: Staybridge Suites Vauxhall is remaining OPEN. We are here to support key workers and we are taking every possible measure to ensure the safety of our team and guests while cooperating closely with UK Government requirements. We have reduced many of our services to comply with social distancing rules – this is for both YOUR safety and for the safety of our EMPLOYEES. We are following rigorous cleaning routines providing calm, positive, and well stock sanctuary for our guests. Sanitizing wipes and handwashing facilities are available throughout the property.  With effect from Monday 23rd of March to avoid gatherings, the Social Evening events are canceled until further notice and breakfast are offered on a ‘grab and go’ basis for guests to enjoy in their suites. Drop me a message for any questions: #weareinthistogether #staybridgevauxhal
  • Maria Lacatus of Morley College points out that, when it becomes possible, the College will be running some courses that could be of interest to other members or their employees. They lead to professional qualifications such as ATT Diploma or Certificate in Accounting and Payroll Level 1 and 2.
    • Level 1 Award in Payroll for Business – acc Bridge Rd – Learners will gain knowledge and skills to process the payroll under edited course – Start date: 15 September 2020 – End date: 24 November 2020 – Tuesday – 18:00-21: 00- At Morley College – Westminster Bridge Rd. – This course Introduces payroll record keeping and processing Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business – accredited course – Start date: 19 January 2021 – End date: 27 April 2021 – Tuesday – 18:00-21:00 – At Morley College – Westminster Real Time Information (RTI) regulations and keep accurate payroll records –Full fee £545- 20% discount per student enrolled sing using commercially available computerized software –Full fee £500- 20% discount per student enrolled
    • AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping – accredited course – Start date: 19 September 2020 – End date: 16 January 2021 – Saturday – 09:30-17:00 – – At Morley College – Westminster Bridge Rd – This AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping qualification will develop your understanding of the role of the bookkeeper.  This qualification is suitable for students with no previous accounting experience but who wish to develop basic bookkeeping skills to improve their employability or to progress in their current occupation – Full fee £691 – 20% discount per student enrolled

  • Stephen Ventham of Ventham Consulting has expressed concerns of fraudsters capitalizing on the outbreak and you can find more detailed advice he has provided on the matter here.
  • The Government recently announced advice and plans for the future, these can be found here.
  • Guy bridger of tax file is aiding chamber members and the public in claiming all they can from the government aid schemes, to find out more click here.
  • Phillip Henwood of 4 Eyes Ltd talks about the surge in alcohol prices caused by the pandemic, how the EU distance selling regime is fueling this, and the implications this has for distributors and online sellers alike. If you’d like to read this in full click here.

Note: The last day to submit a new member of staff to the furlough program was Wednesday 10th June. This was because the furlough scheme is being closed for new entrants from June 30th, after that employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June.

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John White Awarded MBE

We are happy to congratulate a construction-industry stalwart and LSCC member, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

John White is the manager of Southwark Construction Skills Centre, which has provided training to 8,000 people since it was founded three-and-a-half years ago and joined the Chamber at the same time. The Centre is a partnership between another member, Lendlease, which is sponsoring the Awards and Southwark Council, one of the programme’s organisers.

John received the confidential news of his award a few weeks before the formal announcement on January 1.

“It was a surprise, very shocking,” he said. “I was digging the garden and someone said ‘you have a letter here, do you want to open this, it looks very official’ and I did, then I went back to digging as I couldn’t quite believe it.”

The Skills Centre, located in Lendlease’s Elephant Park, works closely with employers and residents, to provide employees with the skills required by businesses.

John said: “We work within our community, within South London. We are going to employers, finding out what they want. If they are going to employ people, what jobs are on offer? What are the skills they need? What kind of person are they looking for? Then, we run the training.”

“My big push is to make sure the training is open to everyone. There are barriers to training, maybe age, previous qualifications, and we want there to be no barriers. If you are 16 or 74, no matter where you come from in the community, the opportunity is open. If you’re the right person, you’re the right person.”

The centre trains ex-offenders, ex-military and ex-gang members, people referred from the job centre, or those who just drop in – for no appointment is necessary – such as mums with children in tow. The training includes new skills as well as upskilling, for example, of retired members of the construction industry coming back to work in a less labour-intensive, more plant-dominated environment. John also reached out to the local Latin American community in Elephant Park, with more than 200 people turning up to his initial presentation.

Apprentices are also important and John is “keen that they go into the community to work rather than just into our yard or classroom”.

The many and varied projects apprentices have become involved in include Southwark Peace Gardens in Walworth Road, dedicated to reducing knife crime and providing support to community members affected by it.

The Diversity Garden in King James Street and Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe are also beneficiaries.

In 2020, the Centre will be expanding to Brixton and to Stratford in partnership with Transport for London. John will also be attending Buckingham Palace to receive his medal.

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Company of the Month – January 2020

We offer the next level of Home away from Home. Only celebrated our 5th Birthday this year, we have 93 Studio and one-bedroom suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and welcoming amenities. Our aim is to make every guest feel like a VIP and become part of the StaybridgeFamily.

A comfortable central London hotel offering suites for short and longer stays with kitchens, free Wi-Fi and a daily buffet breakfast included. We are in a quiet and leafy street, only five minutes’ walk from Vauxhall’s bus and Tube stations, with fast connections all over the city. You can walk to Westminster within 20 minutes, where Big Ben and the London Eye can be explored. Albert Embankment and Tate Britain are just next door as well.

You can hold meetings on-site in The Den, a smart space for up to 14. A 52-inch TV with a wireless connection helps take the stress out of presentations. Major exhibition and sports venues like Olympia and The Oval are less than five miles away.

Enjoy our fitness centre or stock up on groceries from The Pantry, open 24 hours, and prepare dinner in your suite’s fully equipped kitchen. If you’re up late, the free laundry is also open 24 hours. Don’t miss the midweek Manager’s Social, with free drinks and the chance to network with your neighbours.