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RBKC News, 12.03.2021.

From Lankelly Chase Foundation.  Grants are available to sole-traders, self-employed, working in the UK journalism sector

To support a collection of independent conversations, partnerships, experiments or spaces where people can come together to explore what it means to reimagine and renew parts of the news and media system.  The deadline for expressions of interest is 22 March 2021.  Information here.

From Imperial College.  Entrepreneurs as scientists

Wednesday, 24 March 2021.  Understanding and addressing financing frictions in Deep Tech entrepreneurship.

March Deadline for Amazon Launchpad’s Business Innovation Awards

Amazon is inviting entries to the first edition of the Amazon Launchpad Innovation Awards, a competition designed to support innovative UK startups.  28 March deadline.  Information here.

Further round of RBKC NCIL funding

The second Call for NCIL Projects is now open. Deadline 11:59pm on 8 April 2021.  Community organisations such as Business Forums may apply for NCIL funding. The application form and accompanying guidance note is available on the Planning Policy Consultation page.  The Call for NCIL Project funding will be open twice a year from 2021.

Heritage Trade Up Programme for Social Enterprises

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and the National Heritage Lottery Fund have joined together to create the new Heritage Trade Up Programme.  The programme is designed for people who are leading a heritage organisation or trading project. The fully funded programme will offer eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK. Deadline for applications is 9 April 2021 (13:00).  Information here.

RBKC Hospitality business helpline

Supporting businesses providing al fresco dining space once they reopen from 12 April. Twitter.  We have a dedicated hospitality business helpline for specific Covid-19 queries, such as re-opening, on 020 7361 2161 – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.  This line is purely for matters directly related to Covid-19.  For standard service queries find other advice and guidance here

From London Business Hub Property Advice Masterclass 

Tuesday 13 April 2021.  Free masterclass will help you find right space for your business. We will help you to fully understand the costs associated with renting a property, understand leases, rent negotiation and business rates.  Register your interest now

From the Workary.  Workspaces from £3 per day

Live and work, safely, closer to home, less commute, more community.  News and updates here.  All sites safely re-opening over the next 2 months

The Princes Trust.  Enterprise. 18-30 year olds

Enterprise provides business know-how and confidence to grow from budding entrepreneur into successful business owner.  A free online programme from The Prince’s Trust has just been launched offers easy-access learning workshops, 1-2-1 support and the opportunity to secure funding for your business.

SME Brexit Support Fund

Offers up to £2,000 support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures. Eligibility: Up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover, SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes. For guidance click here.

RBKC Community Safety Survey

A request to local business owners to complete the survey.  This survey is an opportunity to tell us how resources from agencies across a range of statutory services, including Police, Council, The National Probation Service, and Health services – should be used to make the borough a safer place to live, work and learn.  Click here:

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We reminded business owners of the lockdown grants before the deadline of 31 March and to check eligibility for all other grants available. Twitter.

From FSB How to respond to a cyber security incident

FSB Cyber Protection share their do’s and don’ts for your cyber incident response plans.  Information here.

SME Toolkit: Trading with the EU and Northern Ireland

A new summary of actions SMEs may need to take to trade with the EU is now available.  To view the toolkit, click here 


Brompton Road, Knightsbridge – Iconic Red Phone Box to rent on a daily basis.

Being advertised on the ‘Appear Here’ platform which provides a space for landlords to provide commercial premises for pop-up lettings.  Showcase your product from this iconic red phone box, with shelving, and a small amount of storage, and a surrounding outdoor space for use as a potential terrace.  Information here.  Note that this is actually on the Westminster side of Knightsbridge.  Here is the link to their street trading team if your clients/members have questions: