Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses

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The Borough Council recognises the huge strain being felt by a large number of our businesses at present and is committed to doing everything we can to provide support during this difficult period.

Update: Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan - setting out a range of measures to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

Update: Government has introduced a new service to create a QR code for display in your venue that visitors can use when they arrive, and that will help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus. To find out more go to the Coronavirus NHS QR Code webpage.

Financial Support Measures

Local Covid-19 Business Helpline (part-funded by TMBC) is up and running on 03333 602300 (open 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday). If you need to talk over any aspect of your business, including the availability of financial support, they will be able to help.

Grants and Loans Information

Kent County Council have information on a wide range of grants and loans that are available for local business. To find out more go to the KCC business webpages.

Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants - NOW CLOSED

Please not that this scheme closed on 28 August 2020. The Borough Council allocated over £19m to over 1,500 eligible businesses through these schemes. These grants have been vital to our local economy, helping to ensure the survival of many local businesses.

Small Business Covid-19 Discretionary Fund - NOW CLOSED

Please note that this scheme closed to applications at 5pm on 10 June 2020. The Borough Council has now allocated all of this fund to around 150 businesses in the borough.

Other Support Available

There have also been a number of other announcements from Government aimed at providing support to business, including:

To check if you might be eligible for any of the above schemes (including the grants), you can visit the Business Support Finder.

Re-Opening of Local Business

There is a range of essential guidance available to businesses looking to open back up including the following:

Useful Advice and Information

A range of practical advice, support and information is also available via the following links:

Central Government Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Federation of Small Business

British Chambers of Commerce

Confederation of British Industry

South East LEP - Digital Skills Support and Advice

South East Growth Hub

Visit Kent- geared specifically towards businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Locate in Kent

Food Standards Agency - advice for food businesses on re-opening and adapting.

Entitledto has provided useful information about accessing benefits for self-employed people or employees that have been affected by coronavirus.

This page will be continually updated as soon as further information is made available from Central Government.