We have compiled links for all Kent & Medway Coronavirus help and information in your area or borough
The Kent and Medway Growth Hub has set up a Covid-19 Business Support Hotline. Call 03333 602300 between 08.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday for advice and information.
Produced in Kent have launched a new website to help food and drink producers. Producers are invited to list your company on helpKentbuylocal.co.uk and advertise for staff on this new platform.
Kent County Council have set up a 24 hour HELPLINE
The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.
If you or someone you know is over 60 and would like to speak with someone, Age UK have a befriending service. They’ll match you up with a likeminded person who’s keen to make a new friend, and every week they’ll give you a call. Find out more here: AGE UK
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The government has announced £617m worth of funding to help co-working space tenants and market traders ineligible for coronavirus business rates grant scheme
The additional funds will go to “businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates,” the government said.
Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.
There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. It will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.
The grant will be awarded via local authorities and councils, so check your council website for how to apply