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We hope this information is useful for you. Do get in touch if you have questions, comments or ideas about any of the items in this newsletter, or anything else to do with the Earls Court Business Forum.
Grant deadline at 5pm today!
The four current Government grant schemes (Tier 2, Tier 3, and 4 Local Restrictions and National Lockdown Restrictions) and one-off payments for retail, hospitality and leisure will close at 5pm TODAY (Wednesday 31st March). You can find all the information for these grants on this council webpage - be sure to apply as soon as possible if you haven't already!
Other council funds available
The council's hub page also includes links to a number of other grants and funds, as well as useful information, including:
  • Additional Restrictions Grant: The eligibility now includes start-ups who had begun operating within six months before March 2020 lockdown. Sole traders and other small business owners will still be eligible as before. All information and evidence will need to be submitted as part of the online application form. The closing date is Friday 9th April at 5pm.
  • Restart Grant: The government requires additional information for this grant, hence it will not be administered automatically so you will need to apply. Online application form and info will be on the hub page soon. 
  • Other information on the page: one-off payments for retail, hospitality and leisure; funding for employers through the Kickstart scheme; extra protection for commercial tenants; additional information on loans; information for the self-employed, and one-to-one advice and guidance provided through Portobello Business Centre.
Earl’s Court Business Forum meetings
Earl’s Court Business Forum works together in partnership with the council and Earl’s Court Development Company. We have been awarded funding to deliver projects to help make Earl’s Court cleaner, smarter and to welcome back customers safely. Businesses are invited to join upcoming Earl’s Court Business Forum meetings and can find more info here.
Pavement licences
Networking opportunity
Al fresco dining and shopping is due to make a welcome return to our streets in April. You can apply for a pavement licence via the council website here.
Businesses are invited to the West is Best Networking Event at 12:30pm on Thursday 22nd April - it's virtual and free of charge, and you can find out more here.
Reopening guidance
As we're sure you'll know, the Government released a roadmap out of lockdown in February, and some key changes are coming up for businesses in April. You can see a key breakdown of the roadmap here, while the council's Director of Public Protection has released a letter to provide guidance to businesses that are currently operating or will be planning to reopen in line with the Government’s proposed dates for easing of current restrictions. The letter advises on how to return and maintain both a safe working environment and a safe, hygienic setting for customers and staff - read the full letter here.
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