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RBKC News, 14.05.2021.

Thank you to our businesses: a message from Lead Members

As we get ready for the next step of lockdown easing, we want to say thank you to all the businesses who have worked tirelessly to follow Covid safety regulations and bring Kensington and Chelsea back to life since 12 April. You have used space creatively and made outdoor dining irresistible, despite facing the coldest April since 1922.  Today we issued our 500th licence for outdoor hospitality. Across all the bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs, there’s around 3,000 outdoor seats for people who live, work and visit our borough to enjoy some much-needed normality.  Thank you for all your efforts. You really do make our corner of London the best place to be.  Thank you.  Cllr Catherine Faulks and Cllr Johnny Thalassites.  Read full letter.

Restart grants for reopened retail, leisure and hospitality businesses – applications close Wednesday 30 June at 5pm

See our website here Covid19 support for businesses.  

Businesses can still apply for a National Lockdown grant – applications close Monday 31 May at 5pm

Grant available for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 if your business was forced to close.Businesses that have already applied for a Lockdown grant for a different time period, will automatically be paid for this period as well. If not, apply here Covid19 support for businesses.  The amount of the grant is dependent on rateable value.

Government regulations for re-opening May 17th

Venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry must:

  • ask every customer or visitor (over the age of 16) to provide their name and contact details
  • keep a record of all staff working on their premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details
  • keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested
  • display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can ‘check in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app as an alternative to providing their contact details
  • adhere to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Hospitality venues must take reasonable steps to refuse entry to anyone who refuses to participate. The venue should satisfy themselves that they have done all that could reasonably be expected to refuse entry.  Failure to comply with any of these requirements could result in fixed penalty fines.

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace – GOV.UK (

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 Pavement licencesvia the Council website

From BEIS. Scaleup Week: The Business Plan – 18-20 May

ScaleUp Week is a week-long series of free virtual debates – speakers from across the UK from a variety of backgrounds including BEIS Ministers and other politicians, business and academia, as well as a live audience Q&A.  ScaleUp Week – The Business Plan – Register Now

From BEIS.  Help to Grow: Management

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support small business leaders to develop their strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption.  If you regularly engage with SMEs, please use the Help to Grow Stakeholder Toolkit to reach senior decision makers in SMEs. The toolkit contains suggested newsletter text, social media posts and digital assets. You can find out more information on the scheme at the Help to Grow campaign page.

RBKC. New One-Off Project Grant Available for Creative and Cultural Activities

£45,000 is available and will be distributed through grant applications of up to of £15,000.  Email for further information. Deadline Tuesday 25 May 2021. Arts Grants Scheme | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (

From KCSC.  For Charity Entrepreneurs – Meet The Funder – Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Thursday 27 May.  10am – 11am.  Online via Zoom.  They will be giving a presentation about their grant programme and eligibility criteria.  To be eligible your organisation must be a registered charity with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1m per annum.  Register here.

Launch of Zinc Venture Builder for Social Impact Entrepreneurs

The programme is designed to be mission-led for pre-team and pre-idea individuals.  Financial support will be provided in the form of a stipend.  Deadline Friday 25 June 2021.  Venture Builder — ZINC

RBKC Summer of Love.  We wanted to share with you that the Council will be launching its ‘Kensington and Chelsea Summer of Love’ campaign this summer, and we would love to have you involved. Webpage coming soon! 

From the 21 June 2021 through until September.

Let us know about any large-scale events and/or activities that you’ll be running during the campaign period for inclusion in our timetable of events. Email

The SoL theme is 70s flower power inspired and will pack plenty of colour into our campaign materials.  As the campaign launches, we’ll be providing plenty of imagery and content for businesses to use to help promote the campaign.

Activities already part of the Summer of Love will be: Kensington + Chelsea Festival, RBKC Libraries Creative Collective, Notting Hill Carnival, and many others.

The draft Kensal Canalside SPD and background documents are now out for public consultation

See  10,000 sqm of office space and 2,000 new jobs.  Comment by 11:59pm on 24th May 2021.

The Sun’s Kitchen Table Grants Scheme

25 x £5,000 grants for existing microbusinesses and 25 x £5,000 grants for to set up a brand new business.  Deadline May 22. A panel of experts will choose the winners and grants will be allocated in June and July.  See the full terms and conditions