- RBKC’s e-newsletter. Get alerts to latest support including grants, subscribe to Business Matters here.
- RBKC Pavement licences. Register via the Council website.
- RBKC Hospitality business helpline is 020 7361 2161. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for help with matters directly related to re-opening. Please leave a message.
- RBKC One Place for Business. Links you to all the business information pages on our website, including Covid19 support for businesses
- London Business Hub. Advice for London based businesses. www.businesshub.london with an EU Post-Transition Business Resource Hub. Also on Twitter
- Greater London Authority. Crowdfund for your small business with Pay it Forward
- UK Government Business Support. Enquiries@businesssupporthelplline.org. Tel: 0800 998 1098. https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline . Also on Twitter.
- UK Government Financial Support. Use the checker tool to find out what coronavirus financial support is available for you or see a list of financial support measures for businesses. The Recovery Loan Scheme loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million.
On Tuesday 1st December 2020, Michael Stone, Chairman, issued the following statement to BBC London News:
The Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce supports environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy transport options, such as cycling.
The temporary cycle lane in its current form is detrimental to business on Kensington High Street and beyond, and we support its removal.
Kensington High Street is very wide, and we would welcome a full review of the streetspace to enable a safe and permanent cycle lane, whilst allowing for the free movement of public transport, and easy access to business premises.
The Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce Ltd
Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the London Chamber of Commerce to offer you a series of webinars called the London Business Resilience Webinars
If you would like to attend the webinars then please use the booking link
We hope you find them useful
Monday 19 October at 10.45am – 11.30am
Black History Month: A Celebration of Black Business with Lord Hastings. Guest speakers Andy Ayim MBE, Creator of The Angel Investing School and Kenny Imafidon, Co-founder & Managing Director of ClearVie
Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am – 11.15am
GDPR update: Practical guidance on collecting data from colleagues and clients with Penny Bygrave - Senior Associate; Sarah Thorley, Solicitor, VWV
Wednesday 21 October at 5.00pm – 6.00pm
A Quick Webinar on Expedited Arbitration - Sao Paulo Arbitration Week (SPAW) with James Clanchy, Maria Claudia Procopiak and Joe Tirado. Hosted by Jonathan Wood, LCAM Board Director
Wednesday 4 November at 11.00am – 11.45am
Masterclass: Forecasting & financing your way to a brighter future with Sadie Channing, Senior Manager, Menzies LLP
Thursday 5 November at 1.00pm – 1.45pm
Capital Conversation with Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute
Monday 9 November at 1.45pm – 2.30pm
EU EXIT: Keep moving: navigating business travel challenges and the UK’s new immigration system with Raj Naik and Jennifer Fackleman, Fragomen LLP
Wednesday 18 November at 10.45am – 11.30am
LCCI export documents and customs declarations – key issues for 2021 with Peter Bishop, Deputy CEO, Davor Mckinley, Head of Export Documentation, LCCI
Thursday 19 November at 10.45am – 11.30am
Capital Conversation with the Lord Mayor of London
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.
The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.
The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped.
Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.
For further reading go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/job-support-scheme
Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be acting as a gateway for the Kickstart Scheme and to help enable employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
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.
The first placements are likely to be available from November.
Funding will cover for each job placement:
100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
the associated employer National Insurance contributions
employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.
Government have confirmed plans to provide the London Growth Hub with £1.6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to launch a new Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) grant fund.
Eligible SMEs will have access to grants between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access business and professional services such as legal and financial advice, or help to adopt new technology and purchase equipment that will help them get back on track, following the impact of COVID-19. The Fund will be launched next month and will be available for established businesses (12 months +). There will be two separate pots of funding being made available:
- For SMEs in the Visitor Economy sector
- For SMEs in the wider economy (which covers all other sectors)
Register your interest here