KCC welcomes £20m business fund

Kent County Council has welcomed news of a £20 million fund to support businesses trading with the EU. Announced today (Thursday) the government said the SME Brexit Support Fund will help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. KCC Cabinet Member…

National Apprenticeship Week: Share apprenticeship levy to help small businesses and boost the economy

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, businesses in Kent are being reminded to continue sharing their apprenticeship levy to help the economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a large employer, Kent County Council pays an apprenticeship levy to the Government and, in return, receives levy funds to spend on…

New multi-million fund unveiled to help most in need

A further £10million of emergency funding is being rolled out to continue helping Kent’s most vulnerable households and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, Kent County Council has announced. The Helping Hands Scheme includes a raft of support – ranging from assisting just-managing families with heating bills and helping struggling firms stay afloat, to tackling…

KCC welcomes progress on London Resort plans

Kent County Council has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to allow the £2.5billion London Resort scheme to go through the Development Consent Order process. London Resort Company Holdings (‘LRCH’) have made a DCO application under the 2008 Planning Act to the Planning Inspectorate to develop the site at Swanscombe Peninsula for a large…

More successful No Use Empty projects near completion

Three very different schemes being undertaken with the backing of KCC’s No Use Empty initiative are nearing completion. The scheme was initially aimed primarily at providing loans to assist with the renovation of empty homes to bring them back into occupation, but the scope has since been widened to include new-build projects and commercial premises.…

Coronavirus Business Support

Businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. See here for more information. Kent County Council, in collaboration with all the local authorities in Kent, will launch a dedicated business support line for coronavirus-related issues, delivered…