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RBKC News. 30.11.2020 Covid-19 News

Local Restrictions Support Scheme Grants

Note that the list of evidence that will be required for an application has just been published on this page – we are advising our clients, members and businesses to make immediate preparation. Application forms will be live on this site any time from now so please check daily.  The businesses that were forced to close will get an automatic grant so will not need to provide evidence of impact.  This applies to those that have premises and is linked to rateable value.  The other Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) is a one-off local grant to help those businesses which have not been legally forced to close but have been severely impacted by the restrictions. The detailed eligibility criteria is being developed this week. 


🎄‘Shop Local’ 5 December🎄.  We need businesses help to encourage residents to ‘Shop Local’ especially those offering takeaway, delivery or click-and-collect services and help to bring in customers once all businesses are allowed to open fully.  To be featured on our social media, we just need businesses to send us a few photos or a 1 minute video about your business, your top products and Christmas must-haves.   Outline how people can shop with your online or visit your for takeaway/click and collect.  Send everything to

Recruiting now: RBKC – Economic Development Team – Employment Opportunities Co-ordinator.  

Link to position here. Closing date 6 Dec 2020.  This will be an important post within our team and help drive forward key aspects of the local employment and skills efforts and recovery activities. Contact details for an informal discussion: Employment and Skills Manager Tel:  07739316957 

‘A London Community of Entrepreneurs’ – FREE for 2020 

Wimbletech are launching this new digital platform alongside their ‘Workary’ workspace in three of the borough’s libraries.  This will help borough entrepreneurs, freelancers + business owners to connect, collaborate and support each other; through Covid and beyond.  To redeem the offer click this link  select ‘monthly membership’ and use code: ‘CICDigitalHubBeta’ – live until today providing you with a Digital Network free for 2020..  

Upcoming business support from PBC

Social Media for SMEs Business Planning from Laurie Bernard and PBC Conversations.  See attached

Businesses – we need your views!  

Latest potential sites for new Council homes revealed .  Silchester Arches and Barlby have been named as the latest proposed sites for stage two of the Council’s New Homes Delivery Programme (NHDP).  If you have any questions in the meantime, please email  We have chat sessions available 

Barlby Road  Join the live chat sessions online.

  • Thursday 3 December, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Saturday 5 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

Silchester Arches  Join the live chat sessions online.

  • Friday 4 December, 5.30pm to 6.30pm 
  • Saturday 5 December, 1pm to 2pm

Central Government News and Resources

National Lottery Grants for Heritage to Reopen for Smaller Grant Applications

National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has announced that a phased reopening of project funding will begin in late November 2020:  Phase 1 – applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted starting from 25 November 2020. Phase 2 – applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted starting from 8 February 2021. 

Intellectual Property (IP) Growth Funding – How to use your IP to Unlock Financial Opportunities

Tuesday 8 December 2020 – 11:00 – 12:00 pm.  Register here. The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) continues its popular partnership webinar series helping business owners and business advisors get to grips with IP-related subjects – run in partnership with UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). It looks at how to use your IP to unlock financial opportunities and become investor ready. 

Tier 2

London is confirmed as moving to tier 2 on Tuesday 2nd December with the specific guidance for hospitality and other business venues

Partner News

Pay it Forward and the Back to Business Fund 

Over £1.3 million has been raised through the Mayor’s Pay It Forward London crowdfunding scheme to help businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Sign up today and get the opportunity to access up to £5,000 in match funding from the Mayor’s Back to Business Fund.

London Business Hub – one stop-shop for businesses.  

·         Financial Planning for SMEs.  Thursday 3 December 2020, 09.30am – 4.30pm.  Identify any gaps in your financial planning with expert speakers from the British Business Bank, NatWest and the Small Business Commissioner. London Business Hub

·         Social Media Advertising for SMEs.  Thursday 10 December 2020, 09.30am – 4.30pm.  Take your social media strategy to the next level with online advertising. Learn the fundamentals of social media advertising and how it can help grow your small business. London Business Hub

·         Peer Network – to connect businesses with one another to share experiences and learning. This programme will create a community of businesses.

·         EU Transition Business Resource Hub – a podcast series where you can hear from London businesses on the challenges they are facing as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

And lastly,

Transition arrangements – training grant

If you are an importer or exporter and complete, or intend to complete, customers declarations internally for your own goods, you can apply for £1,000 per organisation to support the cost of basic customs training. See guidance on GOV.UK.

Business Readiness Bulletin – The UK transition

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension.  All information on the UK Transition can be found at  

Transition Period: Business Secretary writes to businesses sectors 

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, has written to specific business sectors. The letters provide tailored advice about key actions that businesses must take after the Transition period ends on 31 December 2020, which is 32 days away.  lick to view the sector-specific guidance for: The Construction sector and The Professional services sector