RBKC Latest Updates

HM Government – New guidance launched to help get businesses safely back to work

Government publishes guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely. See here

RBKC Open – Support Your Local Businesses  

KCCC have opened a Facebook page for all businesses in RBKC to post offers to residents and businesses in the community.  Please feel free to post and share the page links and information to anyone who might be interested.  For everyone in RBKC. 

Kensington and Chelsea News

#Ask RBKC series

Cllr Catherine Faulks, the Council’s Lead Member for Skills and Enterprise, answered a question from a local resident about how the Council has supported businesses in North Kensington post-Grenfell. The video is part of our #AskRBKC series Twitter.

Businesses in North Kensington area use e-cargo bikes for pharmacy deliveries

RBKC funded electric bicycle scheme in North Kensington has been helping vulnerable residents get prescriptions to their door.  This is to be extended for another eight weeks with treble the capacity thanks to council funding.  See e-cargobikes.com for more. London

Central Government and Partner News

Growth Hub has published two comprehensive factsheets in line with the latest guidance published by Government this week. The two factsheets cover: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy and Working safely during COVID-19, go here and scroll to ‘Factsheets’

From The owner of The Mail on Sunday in collaboration with FSB

£3,000 of free advertising in The Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Metro, the i, Mail Online and Metro.co.uk.  Applications opened on Wednesday, May 13.  Go to grants.fsb.org.uk and create an account.  The Daily Mail’s HQ is in the borough.   

From K&C Chamber of Commerce – Marketing in Uncertain Times Webinar

Jaimie Sarah from Definitely Definitely who specialises in helping successful directors build and grow their businesses will be presenting this Webinar. Tuesday 26th May 5pm  This event is free for KCCC Members and Non Members.

Enabling Enterprise: Creating Inclusive Supply Chains

From Newable & JP Morgan Chase Foundation a programme supporting diverse entrepreneurs grow and connect with new markets/access new supply chains. The programme will support 150 SMEs, 65% (98) of which will be Female owned. See here.

Coronavirus support for business from outside government.

Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees see here.  Chartered Institute of Marketing has added a link to its website which provides guidance on marketing for businesses.

London Growth Hub is launching the ‘COVID-19 Business Help Series’

Starting Wednesday 20th May the first webinar will cover: Gateway to Finance: Loans, Grants, Cash Flow & Tax Relief. With expert insights, advice and crucial information to help you explore and access financial support quickly. Register for the FREE webinar here

HM Government – Information added about the extension of Job Retention scheme.

Information added for workers that are furloughed that want to volunteer. Look for new guide called ‘Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’. Click here

HM Government – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy blog.

See the Coronavirus Business Support Blog to help businesses get the support they need to help with the impact of coronavirus. This blog contains additional information and resources, including: Case studies.

HM Government – National business loans statistics

More information here.Cumulative number of approved facilitiesCumulative value of approved facilitiesCumulative number of applications
Bounce Back Loan Scheme268,173£8.378 billion363,646
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme35,919£6.094 billion71,316
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loans Scheme59£359 million358
IP for Business

Intellectual Property Office – Get a head start with IP Basics

There is a playlist of 12 short animations that break down IP into bite-sized chunks and clearly explain the different rights and their benefits.

Financial Support


The Pay It Forward campaign was created to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. CAR.O.L have launched a campaign to support gym owners offering all commercial clients a commission of $500 per sale on CAR.O.L bikes.  See here.

London Community Response Fund for ‘Delivering Differently’

Deadline 5pm, Tuesday 19 May 2020.  Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable different ways of working to support communities’ needs. New funding rounds to be announced in from early June  2020.Link here for details and application form.

The Creative Workspace Resilience Fund:

Deadline 4pm, Wednesday 20 May 2020.  £1.5m fund to help studio and creative workspace providers support artists and makers.  Link here for details  and application.

The Esmée Fairbairn Sustaining Engagement with Collections Fund

Deadline 5pm, Tuesday 26 May 2020. £350,000 to support 12-15 organisations to explore different ways of engaging with museum or gallery collections. Offering grants of up to £30,000 for projects of up to a year. Link here for details.

Film and TV Charity Community Grants

Deadline 6pm,  Monday 1 June 2020. Offers small grants between £150 – £1,000 for those who work in film or TV or cinema to produce an activity to support colleagues in the industry during the crisis.  Link here for details. 

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund:

Deadline 2pm, Thursday 18 June 2020.  £1 million fund for freelance creative practitioners experiencing financial hardship, providing grants of £1,500 to £2,500.  Link here for details  and application.

Information and Resources

GLA Culture at Risk

Comprehensive range of support pulled together by the Mayor’s Culture At Risk team, from resources for arts organisations to freelancers, theatres to music venues. Link here for details.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week 18 -24 May 2020

Spotlighting the benefit of the arts to our wellbeing with a series of curated events. Check out the blog of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Director, Victoria Hume, link here.  Register your online events or activity here, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service

The GMVCF will give MVT the funding it needs to place its existing Emergency Response service on a crisis footing. Last year, the Emergency Response Service. Providing sector support, advice and staged interventions. Link here for details  and application.

Boundless Creativity Campaign

Accompanies and promotes research into the digital future for the creative sector by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Link here for details.

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Sharing opportunities, including professional development, commissions and bursaries for playwrights across the UK. Link here for details.