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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for businesses

Government support schemes

The Government is delivering a range of measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by Coronavirus.

Coronavirus support schemes for businesses


Additional local business grant fund scheme

On 13 May the Government published guidance for an additional fund to support certain small businesses previously outside of the scope of other Covid-19 business grant fund schemes.

The funding available is limited. Because of this, and in line with Government guidance, the additional fund will be prioritised for businesses that meet the national criteria and other eligibility requirements within the scheme guidance.

The national criteria are:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Our initial assessment indicates that the additional fund is likely to be over-subscribed within this priority group of businesses and further discretionary funding is unlikely to be available.

Details of our local scheme and the application form for eligible businesses to apply will be published on this page as soon as they are available.

We expect to begin making grant payments under the scheme in June.

Government guidance on the scheme


Business rates holiday and grant funding

We are responsible for administering the business rate holiday and grant funding for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and the small business grant funding for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.

Eligibility for the business support may be subject to certain Government criteria.

We passed on the money to eligible businesses during April.

Expanded retail discount guidelines 2020/2021


Operating as a hot food takeaway

To support communities through the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government is allowing restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

Find out about the operating as a hot food takeaway.

Social distancing poster

Poster for shops and takeaways to encourage customers to social distance.

Download the poster

Business support letter

On Monday 23 March 2020, we sent a letter to every business in the District listing the funding and support available during the Coronavirus outbreak.

View the letter


Coronavirus advice for businesses

We've launched a dedicated business support line for Coronavirus-related issues, which is available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Call 03333 602300. The service is being delivered by the Kent & Medway Growth Hub.

Coronavirus: working safely guidance

GOV - guidance for businesses

Social distancing in the workplace during Coronavirus

Guidance for people working in the transport sector

Decontamination and cleaning of environments in the community

Advice for small businesses from the Federation of Small Businesses

Information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses 

CBI - Coronavirus: best practice for business

Visit Britain advice for tourism-related advice


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