Q&A Event with Expert Panel re COVID support for business

Q&A Event with Expert Panel re COVID support for business

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.

Contact details:

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 covid19businessrates@rbkc.gov.uk. 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

March Networking in the Mayor’s Parlour

March Networking in the Mayor’s Parlour

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

K&C Business Awards 2019

K&C Business Awards 2019

Well done to all the finalists and winners at the K&C Business Awards 2019

The winners of the second Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards were announced on Thursday at a glittering ceremony at the Millennium Gloucester Kensington Hotel.
Hosted by KCCC in association with the Holiday Inn - Kensington High Street, the Awards aim to recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
The Business of the Year award was presented to Da Mario Restaurant, an Italian restaurant in Kensington with family roots back to the formation of Pizza Express in the 1960's.

K&C Business Awards Winners 2019

Business of the Year

Winner: Da Mario Restaurant

Best Business for Customer Service

Winner: Enjoy Education

Highly Commended: Holiday Inn Kensington High Street

Commended: Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road

Finalists: Beauchamp Foot Care, Jenny Lee Beauty Salon, Susan Metcalfe Residential, City Relay, Threads & Co, Ask The Boss, Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Independent Retailer of the Year

Winner: Cass Art

Highly Commended: Notting Hill Gate Opticians

Commended: Daniela De Montby Handbags

Finalist: Real Ale Ltd, Blush & Ivory, The Baby Cot Shop, Initially London, H&Y Jewellery, AntikBar Ltd, The Eye Establishment

Young Entrepreneur or Innovator of the Year

Winner: Chez Artists

Highly Commended: Sterling Media

Judge’s Special Commendation: Incognito

Finalists: Zuaya

Best SME

Winner: Innovative Aged Care

Highly Commended: Ivy Education

Commended: Bluebird Care Kensington & Chelsea

Judge’s Special Commendation are awarded to: InCognito,

Finalists: Beauchamp Foot Care, Kensington SkinCare, Susan Metcalfe Residential, Sterling Media, City Relay

Small Employer of the Year

Winner: Initially London

Highly Commended: Ashley Wilson Solicitors LLP

Commended: Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road

Finalists: Beauchamp Foot Care, Da Mario, City Relay,

Best Charity or Social Enterprise

Winner: Friends of the Royal Marsden, Chelsea

Highly Commended: London Children’s Book Project

Commended: Friends of Chelsea Children’s Hospital School

Finalists: Solidarity Sports, WestWay Trust

Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Da Mario Restaurant

Highly Commended: Katherine Pooley

Finalists: Les Manufactures Catry

Large Employer of the Year

Winner: Holiday Inn Kensington High Street

Highly Commended: Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Finalists: Designer Exchange

Best Business Start Up

Winner: Fit for Life Youth

Highly Commended: Atelier Sara

Commended: Definitely Definitely Ltd

Finalists: Threads & Co

Best Hotel

Winner: Royal Garden Hotel

Highly Commended: Holiday Inn Kensington High Street

Commended: Hotel Indigo London Kensington

Finalists: The Milestone Hotel & Residences, Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road, Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Best Bar or Restaurant

Winner: Romulu Café

Highly Commended: The Milestone Hotel & Residences – Stables Bar

Commended: Zuaya

Finalists: The Chelsea Cellar, Alexandrie, Da Mario