The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Council now has a dedicated web portal on Coronavirus (COVID-19) containing information about the virus for residents and groups including care homes, businesses and schools.
Support from the Portobello Business Centre in RBKC; PBC are at the moment planning to provide business-support services until further/new government announcements. If you need business advice you can book a telephone call/meeting with one of PBC’s business advisors and from 25th March you will be able to book a Skype call too so there is no need to attend at their office if you prefer not to. Please call them 020 7460 5050 to discuss.
Government advice to businesses:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses Guidance for UK businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses Information on healthcare advice for employers and support for businesses.
Coronavirus: if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time If Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts, you should act before your filing deadline.
Keep up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Funding for SMEs impacted by coronavirus from Nat West: click here for London’s Growth Hub portal and news on Nat West’s funding
Support package from Lloyds Bank for businesses impacted by coronavirus: click here for more information
Repayable loans of up to £1,000,000 now available to support the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises from NESTA. The Arts & Culture Impact Fund offers repayable finance between £150,000 and £1,000,000 with a repayment term of one to ten years and interest rates ranging between 3% and 10%. Click here for information.
Funding open for entrepreneurs with products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle. From People's Postcode Lottery, maximum amount £ 445,000, deadline 1 April 2020. The global eco-innovation competition is backed by Sir Richard Branson and is open to UK entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.
Support and grants available for budding community business ideas. Maximum value: £ 15,000. Application deadline: 6 April 2020. Power to Change is providing funding to support and grow community businesses in England. Click here for more information
RBKC Environmental Health are considering developing a regulated one day Level 2 Award in Understanding Infection Prevention and Control in Health and Care Settings (RQF) course. If you think you or users of your services may be interested, please contact Euan.Macauslan@rbkc.gov.uk as soon as possible.
Details of courses on offer by the Environmental Health Training Service are in the leaflet attached. Further details are at www.rbkc.gov.uk/compliance-training .
Mayor’s scrappage scheme open to more businesses and with increased grant amounts. Businesses may also be eligible for support to scrap older vans and switch to cleaner vehicles that meet the ULEZ standards through the Mayor’s van scrappage scheme,
Information from the FSB on new immigration system and its impact on small businesses. The FSB has published a report looking at what a new points-based immigration system will mean for small businesses. It proposes new social care and remote community visas, meaningful options for the self-employed and expanded Migration Advisory Committee. Read more here.
Information relating to business rates measures in the budget: Retail Discount. The current local discount scheme for properties with rateable values under £51,000 is 30 per cent and was due to be 50 per cent from 1 April 2020 but has been increased in the Budget to 100 per cent. Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR): The government announced that any customers receiving SBRR will receive a £3,000 cash grant. There is no indication on how and who will administer this yet. Pub Relief: The government announced that they will be increasing Pub Relief from £1,000 to £5,000. Part of the qualification criteria is that the rateable value must be below £100,000.