Coronavirus - Other useful resources

This page will be used to collate and signpost other useful resources and information that you may find useful at this time. 

Government guidance

Advice on mass gatherings and public events

Guidance for employees, emplyers and businesses

Guidance on social distancing and vulerable people

Cleaning of non-healthcare settings

Guidance on supply chain support

Guidance for the charity sector

Guidance for food businesses

Travel advice


Business information and support

Government business support hub

VisitBritain business support hub

South East Business Hub have created a page with information and guidance for businesses and employers

The Kent and Medway Growth Hub provides support and information for businesses

District Council business information and grants

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has published advice and information around sick pay and leave

The FSB have guidance for small businesses including advice on financial support

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has advice for the voluntary sector

Advice from Arts Council England for funding recipients

Advice from Sports England for funding recipients

Golf England has advice for golf courses

UK Hospitality has advice for businesses on managing linen

Brachers have provided some guidance for managers and HR staff and commercial agreements

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce have a business support hotline: 03333 602300 

Arts Council England has announced a £160 million emergency fund to support those in the cultural sector who have been affected by Coronavirus

Heritage watch has produced business advice on security during business closure, staff safety and security and site plant security 

Training and webinars

Free Digital Support on Offer for Businesses in Kent - delivered by digitalbeans in partnership with Canterbury BID and Produced in Kent - Friday 3rd April, 2pm - CLICK THIS ZOOM LINK and use this password: 739080

Legal Guidance with Girlings Solicitors in partnership with Canterbury BID - Tuesday 7th April, 9am - To book your place contact Rachel:

Sleeping Giant Media bring you the Business As Unusual Show discussing the latest in business, current trends and goings-on - every Wednesday 12noon and Friday 4pm

Kallaway PR are offering free webinars to help marketing/PR teams, brand/asset managers and others in communication or leadership roles develop a clear and effective communications plan. 


Coronavirus fundraising

The Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a secure way for individuals, philanthropies and businesses to contribute to the WHO-led effort to respond to the pandemic.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations. 

The Hospitality Action Covid-19 Emergency Appeal to provide one-off awards to eligible workers facing hardship.

Support Hotlines

HMRC Business Support Helpline - 0800 024 1222 Monday - Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.  

Kent Covid-19 Business Support Hotline  - 03333 602300 Monday – Friday 8.30am – 6.30pm

Coronavirus WhatsApp Information Service

The Government has started a Whatsapp information service  to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus out to as many people as possible. It will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth-busting via a chatbot. 

To use this free service, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

District Council Business Support

Your District or Borough Council is responsible for administering the business rates relief and coronavirus grant funding. Below are the links to general business advice and contact pages for each local authority as well as the form you should complete if you think you are eligible for grant funding.

Ashford Borough Council -  Direct link to grant form

Canterbury City Council & Canterbury BID - Direct link to grant form

Dartford Borough Council - Information on business grants

Dover District Council - Direct link to grant form

Folkestone & Hythe District Council - Direct link to grant form

Gravesham Borough Council - Direct link to grant form

Maidstone Borough Council - Information on business grants

Medway Council - Direct link to grant form

Sevenoaks District Council - Letter sent to businesses about business grants

Swale Borough Council - Information on business grants

Thanet District Council - Information on business grants

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council - Direct link to form

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - Information on business grants