Latest Update Coronavirus

Business Support – Latest Updates

RBKC News, 06.08.2021.

What’s your opinion?  Your views are sought on plans affecting businesses and trading locations.

From RBKC on market-trading: closes Friday 17 September.

From RBKC on planning policies. The consultation will run for ten weeks and ends in October 2021. Results affect areas including town centres.  See Planning Consultation Hub.

From TfL, is your business on a red route? Deadline – Sunday 19 September 2021.  TfL are proposing to increase the fine level from £130 to £160 (TfL penalty charge) for people who fail to follow the rules of the red route network.  Have your say at or Email:

From RBKC – do you want to broaden your talent recruitment?

Find out more about what it means to be ‘disability inclusive’ and how it can benefit businesses.   Introductory session to becoming a Disability Inclusive Employer on Tuesday 12 October 10am to 12pm at the Great Hall in Kensington Town Hall, W8 7NX. To sign up email

From Resilience First and Facebook – Re-emergence Guide – Building small business resilience

Webinar: 14 September 2021, 4pm to 5pm BST.  The guide looks at issues to consider when re-emerging or rebounding from any major disaster whether it be a pandemic or local flooding and for building the resilience of your business. Includes short vignettes for each of the pillars to apply from a legal or regulatory perspective.  See here.

From RBKC markets team – check out the next generation of disrupters and business leaders.

RBKC’s New Youthquake 2021 initiative gives traders under 30 the chance to showcase their talent at Portobello and Golborne Road Market over the summer including 6-8 August 2021.  Go and check them out! Youthquake entrepreneurs Meesha, Ali, Lauren and Aaron in episodes 294 and 295. Listen at

From RBKC libraries team – are you a female entrepreneur of colour in tech in tech?

Tuesday 10 August, 7pm to 8pm Book now.  Award winning author, speaker and computing specialist Susanne Tedrick will be discussing her new book, covering key barriers to talent entry and retention in the tech industry.

From RBKC arts and culture team – looking for a great visual Instagram moment to promote your business?

The ‘Museum of the Moon’ – a huge glowing sphere decorated with a detailed 1:500,000 replica of the moon’s surface – will illuminate Kensington Town Square from 11-15 August. Time Out and London On The Inside report that the installation is part of the Kensington + Chelsea Festival.

From Earls Court Development Company – news and updates for businesses

See ECDC’s first Earls Court Community Newsletter, distributed to 19,000 homes and businesses across the area  click here to view.  Addressing the frustration at a long-standing empty site has been a priority for them and newsletter covers the installation of the London Wonderground at Earls Court, that opened on 15th July. Entry is free and tickets for the events programme can be purchased at    See also news of funding for local charities, community groups and others, visit   

From UK Govt.  – coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government have updated the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme site for businesses, including information on when claims for September must be submitted.

From UK govt. – government-backed insurance scheme events businesses.

The live events sector now have government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million. Info here.

From The Workary in RBKC libraries – work locally From £3/day in 3 borough locations.

Less Commute, More Community.  Follow this link to borough library locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill and Brompton.  There are a limited number of fixed desks, flexi space plus private offices for individuals and teams

From the trade body UK Hospitality – safe reopening

UK Hospitality continues to update guidance on safe reopening, including venue’s risk assessments and most museums continue to require masks and operate at reduced capacity.

From London Business Hub – Event Calendar and Business Help Series – London Business Hub.  

Three upcoming webinars: Website Optimisation for Business Growth  – 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday 2nd and 9th September. Navigating HR & Employment Law – 10am to 1:00pm, Thursday 14th September. Using Content Marketing & Digital Storytelling to Generate Sales 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday 23rd September. 

From Portas Point of View – Inspiration for Retail Entrepreneurs.

we are portas | transformational ideas for people ready to live, buy and sell better.  Guests have included Rosie Brown, co-CEO of frozen food brand Cook; Simon Mottram, founder of sportswear specialist Rapha; and Edzard van der Wyck, co-founder of carbon-negative knitwear label Sheep Inc. 

From FSB – FSB is #Recovery Ready

From employment advice to help with late payments, prepare for the next step with FSB’s Recovery Ready hub covering; moving on from COVID-19, meeting new people, managing your cash flow.  Are you ready for the unexpected? Ready to start your own business?  Also regular Events Calendar here.

From Enterprise Nation – Amazon bootcamp

Amazon Bootcamp: Exporting for Success event:10 August, 9am-1pm Register here

From Google Digital Garage – Find Customers

Find Customers with Google Maps Webinar: 13 August, 10am-11am Register here


From Techstars – 2022 ‘Anywhere Accelerator’ Open to Companies Worldwide

Entrepreneurs are being supported to commercialise new technologies, with equity funding and supplementary support. Go here and apply by 6 October 2021

From UK Govt. –  Women in Innovation Awards 2021-22

Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support.  £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.  Competition opens Monday 23 August 2021 and closes Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:00am.  Go here.

From Arts Council/National Lottery grant – Supporting Grassroots Live Music

Supporting activities that help grassroots music venues and promoters to deliver and develop their work, getting live music to more people across England.  Total fund £1.5 million.  Grant range £1,000 – £40,000.  Deadline 31 March 2022.  Go here.

From Fiserv – grant award of £10,000

£10,000 to small businesses with ethnically diverse ownership that have been impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  Deadline: 31 Dec at 12:00 am (EST), apply today.


November 8-14, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Will rally 180 nations to empower entrepreneurs and encourage citizens to become starters – finding new and better ways of doing things. In the wake of the pandemic and its impact, GEW 2021 is also a call to action for society to be resilient and come together in leveraging the power of new ideas and innovation for the benefit of all.  Watch this space for RBKC focused events.