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:
- Borough-wide Reopening Guidance (Kingston Council)
- Kingston Town Centre: Reopening Guidance (Kingston First)
- What the Government is doing to support businesses
- Additional government resources to support your business
- Working safely in the workplace during COVID-19
- How to clean workplaces safely
- Connected Kingston for local advice and support
- London Growth Hub
- Sector-specific support (London Growth Hub)
- Government guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers, and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
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.
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
Business update 28 May 2020
Business update 21 May 2020
Business update 14 May 2020
Business update 7 May 2020
Business update 30 April 2020
22 April - video message from Councillor Caroline Kerr
Business update 23 April 2020
Business update 16 April 2020
Business update 9 April 2020