Last month TFL launched a briefing for businesses to assist the planning and preparations for returning to work. The briefing brings together Government advice on returning to work, their travel guidance and the work TFL are doing to support London.
Find out more here https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/restart
The NHS Test and Trace service forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care sector. Once launched, this service will also play a vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the Government’s approach to stop the spread of the virus. Here is the full document Test and Trace workplace guidance
From RBKC’s Economic Development Team
We have now launched a COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund to support RBKC businesses and self-employed that fall through the gaps of the various measures announced by Government. This discretionary fund has a link on the Council's RBKC COVID 19 BUSINESS PORTAL, Details below.
The Council has set up a fund which will allow smaller, private enterprises in the borough, with either fewer than 20 employees or a turnover of less than £2 million, access to a grant of up to £5,000. This emergency fund is only open to those who have experienced disruption to trading and income due to the Coronavirus and have not been able to source working capital from any other Government support scheme to cover essential business costs.
We will also expect any applicant to demonstrate what they’ve done to mitigate the various impacts themselves which is not just other Government schemes.
To Apply for the Business Interruption Fund, businesses will need one of the following documents:
A copy of the business' accounts
A copy of your tax self-assessment for the previous two years
If started recently, a copy of your most recent management accounts or trading summary showing turnover figures.
Businesses will also need:
A copy of the most recent bank statement for your business, showing the name, address and account details (we need this to be able to pay any grant awarded to you) - the transaction details can be redacted.
One form of identity documentation for the named applicant (driver's licence, passport).
Small but important note: The size of the fund is £500,000. That would for example provide 100 successful applicants with maximum £5k.
This was our First Tuesday Question & Answer Event with our expert panel; Graham Hart, Head of Economic Development at RBK&C Council, Robert Moore, Managing Partner at Bright Graham Murray Accountants, and Anthony Wilcox, Partner - Employment Law at TWM Solicitors.
Members and guests put questions to our expert panel about business support during the COVID-19 crisis. The event was chaired by Michael Stone, our Chairman.
RBK&C - the businesses for SBRR will have been identified off the current register and contact attempted. The portal includes a form for registering and also a dedicated email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Access to this information is included on the portal at www.rbkc.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Anthony Wilcox TWM Solicitors for help re the Staff Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) Tel: 01483 752 784 Email: Anthony.Wilcox@TWMSolicitors.com
Bright Graham Murray Accountants for help re HMRC and business loans please contact Andrew Boyd Tel:07375 072091 Email: AndrewBoyd@bgm.co.uk
Our March networking event was hosted by the Mayor in the Mayor's Parlour. It was an opportunity for the Mayor and Cllr Catherine Faulks, to tell us about the council's Economic Policy.
“As a Council, we understand how important local businesses are to our borough’s economy and employment, and we are determined to support them in every way we can. Last year, we launched Live, work and learn: our plan for a successful local economy, where we committed to delivering 49 actions to boost the local economy, support local businesses and entrepreneurs, and help residents from all walks of life access opportunities in Kensington and Chelsea. We have already started implementing some of the strategy’s key actions. For instance, we are delivering a local supply chain project, supporting new local business forums, providing funding for enterprise advice and training for local entrepreneurs, helping improve access to affordable workspace, supporting the revitalisation of high streets, and we are putting together a business-guide.
One of the main pledges within our strategy is to ensure residents have access to training and work opportunities, and we hope you will be able to assist us by recruiting locally, offering valuable work experience or creating apprenticeship opportunities.
The borough is rich with opportunities, and we are determined to help businesses and residents thrive and prosper in Kensington and Chelsea."
Cllr Catherine Faulks, Lead member for Skills and enterprise, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea