Support for Kingston businesses

Support for Kingston's businesses

This page provides the latest information for Kingston businesses, including resources to support you. 

You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.

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View the latest business update (31 July 2020)

Guidance and Advice

Thanks to our partners Kingston First and Kingston Chamber of Commerce for their support and input as we collectively respond to the challenges we share. Do explore their web pages for additional information and guidance. 

You can also visit our business support and advice pages.  

The Revenues & Benefits Team can be contacted at [email protected] or on 020 8547 5007 (Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm).

Government and local advice and guidance:

 

Grants for businesses

Discretionary Grant Fund

The second round of Discretionary Grants Fun applications is now open until 31 July. The fund has been set up to help certain small and micro businesses and others outside the scope of the previous business grants schemes. Find out more on our Discretionary Grants Fund page. 

Culture at Risk Fund

The Mayor of London has announced a targeted emergency fund to help London's creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are an arts organisation, business or individual working in the cultural sector, creative industries or night-time economy, visit the Mayor of London's Culture at Risk page.

Reopening Guidance - 15 June 2020

To help support businesses and organisations across Kingston Borough who are planning to reopen over the coming weeks, we have collated an overview of the projects and services we are implementing to help ensure customers and employees are confident in returning and have a pleasant, welcoming experience.

The Reopening Guidance document can be downloaded on our website

We will be reviewing the document as Government guidance changes. Please do share your feedback, experience or insights with us so that we can adapt our response and support our businesses and high streets over the coming weeks. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact your Neighbourhood Manager at [email protected]

Businesses will be responsible for ensuring that they reopen safely, with primary consideration being given to the safety of customers, staff and visitors. A risk assessment will need to be completed in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and businesses will need to take the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure. It is crucial for the wellbeing of the community that businesses adhere to the guidelines, and new powers are in place to enforce action if they don’t.

The government is publishing updated COVID-19 secure guidelines to help you reopen your business safely, which includes eight different types of work environments. Also available is a working safely webinar series, as well as safer workplace case studies.  

The Federation of Small Businesses has a number of resources on their website which can help, including articles and blogs about reopening and carrying out risk assessments, as well as a downloadable COVID-19 Health and Safety Checklist. 

Have you had success in transitioning your business online?

We would love to hear from you so we can share your experience and any advice with others. Please let us know by emailing [email protected]

Read previous business updates

 

Important guidance from council business-facing services

Service update from Licensing

Service updates from Parking

Service update from Environmental Health- changes to running a food business

Information for council service providers