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WELCOME TO THE

KENSINGTON MAGAZINE

 

We are delighted that service for the magazine will be resumed with the publication of our July/August edition due out on Thursday 25th June.  Special rates are being offered to businesses who supported the local community during hard Lockdown, and profits will go to NHS Charities Together.  Please get in touch if you are interested.  In the meantime, if you would like to take a peek at our April edition, just click on the front page of the magazine opposite.

 

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Monday 1 June

The library had RBKC has an impressive array of activities;  from how to write fiction, how to draw, book club, children's art, talks and photographic contributions reflecting this time in lockdown.  Please see council's website for more information.

 

Friday 29 May.  K&C Council are conducting a 'Small Business Survey' to better understand the challenges we face and how best to help us.  Deadline for survey is 11 June.  This is an important peice of work for all of us.

URL: http://https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/survey/businesssurvey/business_survey.htm

 

Wednesday 20th May

Calling all Golf & Tennis Players:  Practice golf nets are now open at Holland Park, and tennis is available for singles (two people) and 1:1 coaching on courts in the borough.  For more info call 0207 602 2226 to hire a court/nets.

 

Tuesday 19th May

RBKC are working hard to ensure social distancing can be maintained, for residents & businesses. As from 8th June, Portobello Road will be closed to traffic; the borough will be restricted to 20 mph for cars, and planned cycle ways will be constructed, alongside more bike parking bays. Everyone is being encouraged to either walk or use bikes to to get to work/school. 

 

Wednesday 13th May

Kensington is still definately open for business, with many small retailers open to serve the community.  The list is being updated daily, for example Ffionas is now offering a delicious Take-Away service. Please see www.kensingtonbusinessforum.co.uk

 

Monday 11 May

Today at 2.00 pm. Smuggers Way and Cringle St Recycling centres will open for garden and general waste.  Please note restricted access and operating on registered number plate system.  For more information please see www.wrwa.gov.uk

 

Thursday 23 April

A surprising number of local shops/businesses are still open for business in W8.  Members of the Kensington Business Forum have worked extremely hard, to give you a definitive guide.  Please see URL: http://https://kensingtonbusinessforum.co.uk/list-of-open-retailers and support our local businesses.

 

Monday 20 April

Today the lines will be open for you to make claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Make sure you have all your paperwork to hand, and on line follow the step-by-step guidelines;  if you have a payroll provider they may be able to help you with the figures.  Go to www.gov.uk to apply.  This scheme has been extended by a month, and so is now valid from 1st March - 30 June 2020 allowing businesses to protect millions of jobs in the UK. 

 

Wednesday 15th April

RBKC council have produced #TogetherKandC which directs residents to online resources including tips for working from home, staying active, for entertainment, family, community and mindfulness during this difficult time. Also residents can apply online to read ebooks.

 

Wednesday 9 April

CWPlus, the Charity arm of The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital are desperately looking for donations for their front line staff, in the form of bulk:

Toiletries (travel shower gel, shampoo, soap, flannels, hand & face creams, feminine hygiene products)

Underwear, Pyjamas (workforce is split 75% female/25% male)

A few sleeping bags

If you can help, please deliver to: C Peumala or M Courtney, Goods in/Catering Bay, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH, Thank you

 

Tuesday 7 April

Jim Havra, First Permanent Sec & CEO of HMRC has now issues guidelines for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme giving more info;  how to claim and what constitutes wages.  For more info. see 

www.gov.uk/contact-hmrc

 

Monday 6 April

As a reminder, the below are various initiatives to help business owners at this time:

- Self employed income support

- Income tax and VAT deferred for Self E

- More time to pay Corporation Tax

- Benefits for self employed workers

- Employment and Support Allowance

- Relief from paying back loans and credit cards

- Mortgage repayment holidays

- Coronavirus business grants

- Business ragtes holiday for tax year 2020 - 2021

 

Friday 3rd April

BBC London Radio have launched 'Make a Difference' with updates every 30 mins from 6.00 am - 6.00 pm 7 days a week, bringing together those in need with local volunteers and organisations, e.g essential supplies to a terminally ill father of three, finding a lift for an NHS worker whose car had broken down, and stopped a man from being evicted from his home.  Tune in if you are in need, or if you can volunteer in any way to lend a hand.

 

Thursday 2nd April

Did you know RBKC can support local businesses with grants, suspended invoicing and rent holidays?  Check out their website for more info (web address under 31st March)

 

Wed 1st April (sadly no fooling here)

Be aware of scams relating to CV-19 either on your doorstep or on line, particularly via What'sApp.  If you have any concerns or have been scammed, you can get in touch via www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 

 

Tuesday 31st March

 

Advice for Business Owners:  RBKC have put together a Hub of helpful information to support you with aspects such as business rates, benefits, job retention scheme and more.  They will contact you if you are eligible for business rates relief and government grants.  However for much more information see:

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-covid19/coronavirus-advice-business-and-self-employed

 

Monday 30 March

 

Opening hours and special arrangements for Banks, Boots and Supermarkets in W8:

Lloyds:  10.00 - 14.00 hrs M-Fri

HSBC:  10.00 - 14.00 hrs M-Fri

Barclays:  Could not find information

Metro:  10.00 - 16.00 hrs

Nationwide:  10.00 - 14.00 hrs

 

Boots:  08.00 - 18.00 hrs M-Sat 

12.00 - 17.00 hrs Sunday

NB:  Relevant to pharmacy only 

 

 

Whole Foods:  Over 70s 09.00 - 10.00 M-S

General Public:  10.00 - 19.00 M-Fri

Sundays 12.00 - 18.00 hrs

 

Waitrose:  08.00 - 09.00 over 70s M-Sat

General Public:  09.00 - 22.00 hrs M-Sat

Sunday:  12.00 -13.00 Elderly

13.00 - 18.00 hrs General Public

 

M&S:  09.00 - 21.00 hrs M-Sat

Sunday:  12.00 - 18.00 hrs

 

Sainsburys:  Over 70's 08.00 - 09.00 hrs on Monday, Wed and Friday, otherwise General Public:  08.00- 20.00 hrs M-Sat

NHS staff, disabled customers and carers 07.30 - 8.00 am. M-Sat

 

Please note all these opening times are subject to change 

 

 

 

Friday 27 March

(Received from Hillgate Village Residents Association)

 

Please support our local businesses who are offering delivery services of grocieries and meals by way of Deliveroo:

Groceries:  Chegworth Valley, Notting Hill Fish Shop, Provenance Butcher, Sally Clarke

 

Restaurants for meal delivery: 

Farina, Cottons, Taqueria, Ranoush, Cocette, Portobello Juice and Chakra

 

Thursday 26 March

 

As seen on BBC why not download the self reporting Covid-19 Sympton Tracker which will help slow the outbreak;  identify those at risk sooner and help understand pockets in the UK where it is worst.  Takes one minute a day and will identify high risk areas in the UK; who is most affected by underlying symptons and how the virus is speading.  Even well people should sign up See https://covid.joinzoe.com

 

RBKC are working closely with the Gov to secure financial assistance.  There will be a business rates holiday for those in retail, hospitality and sport leisure relevant to 2020 - 2021 tax year.

 

Financial assistance will be given to those whose rateable value of business property is under £15K of £10K and from £15,001 to £51K of £25K.  For more information please see RBKC website details below

 

Another helpful website;  

www.british-business-bank.co.ukourpartners/coronavirus-british-interruption-loan-scheme-cbills/for-business-and-advisors/

 

  

 

Wed 25 March

Are you a local business and worried about how to remain financially secure during this time?  if so please see https://www.thekensingtonbusinessforum.co.uk website for further details of what is avilable to help you during this time.

 

RBKC will continue to provide esssential services during this time, including street cleaning and binmen.

 

If you are fit and healthy with unforseen time on your hands, please confsider volunteering:  www.volunteerwork.org.uk 

 

Tuesday 24 March

 

RBKC Boost financial hardship fund by £500K for residents affected by Covid-19.

Fund available for those feeling financial impact. 

Council working with partners to support local food banks.

Residents can apply now for hardship funding.

 

 

 

Age UK K&C is leading a major community response to get ongoing food, basic essentials and social connection.  They need your help to do this 020 8 969 9105

 

23 Monday 23 March

In light of recent events, if you need help with respect to any aspect of the Corona Virus please consider using the below email or phone links:

 

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-covid19/

 

Your local Ward Councillor will also be able to help with any queries/concerns: rbkc.gov.uk/yourcouncil/yourcouncillor/postcodesearch.asp

 

Nextdoor is an app, linking up people who require help with people offering help.  It is known and a trusted site in Kensington.

www.nextdoor.co.uk to download app/sign up

 

For business owners concerned about the impact of Covid 19, RBKC are working hard to keep up to date: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-covid19//coronavirus-advice/businesses-and-selfemployed

 

Other numbers:

Age UK (local branch):  020 8 969 9105

Asthma UK:  0300 232 5800

British Heart Foundation:  0300 330 3311

MIND:  0300 223 3393

Scope:  0808 800 3333

Siver Link UK:  0800 470 8090

 

We will be updating this page regularly.