Business rates and hardship relief from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC)

For businesses that had no, or restricted, access to their premises over an extended period  following the fire (including Baseline Studios, Silchester Road and Blechynden Street rail arches):

  • No business rates to pay from 1 June 2017 to 28 January 2018
  • Any arrears prior to June 2017 will be written off. Businesses that have seen a reduction in trade since the fire can apply to RBKC for hardship relief

All business premises on the Council’s database that are within the inner cordon map of the Grenfell site are having automatic rate relief applied and are being written to about their
rates.

To apply for hardship relief, download an application form here: www.rbkc.gov.uk/business-and-enterprise/business-rates/relief-and-discounts/hardship-relief

For any queries regarding the application form, please contact the Council’s Policy and Control Team on 020 7361 3276 / 2539 / 2598 or email ltclient@rbkc.gov.uk

Rent and rate relief for business tenants of Baseline Studios from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC)

Business tenants of Baseline studios in Whitchurch Road, W11 4AT, will receive rent and rate relief as follows:

  • No rent to pay for the period 1 June 2017 to 31 January 2018
  • No business rates to pay from 1 June 2017 to 28 January 2018
  • Any arrears prior to June 2017 will be written off

Tenants at Baseline Studios are being directly contacted about both rent and rate relief by the Council.

Grants to businesses in the Blechynden Street rail arches from the Royal Borough of Kensington  and Chelsea (RBKC)

Businesses in the Blechynden Street rail arches, which suffered from ongoing major disruption,  will each receive an initial grant payment of up to £5,000.
These businesses are also eligible to apply to the Business Continuity Fund below.

Portobello Business Centre (PBC) is administering these payments and processing applications.

PBC can be contacted on 020 7460 5050 or email info@pbc.co.uk

Business Continuity Fund Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Mayor of London’s fund for Grenfell, Southwark, Finsbury Park and Westminster attacks.

Business Continuity Fund Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Mayor of London’s fund for Grenfell, Southwark, Finsbury Park and Westminster attacks

Businesses in the immediate area of the fire can apply for:

  • Support with the costs of business support advice, to help navigate the challenges and help  businesses get back on their feet.
  • Direct grants to businesses whose turnover has been impacted by the disaster, who are not  covered by any insurance.
  • Bridge funding to businesses who are covered by insurance but the payments aren’t coming in  quickly enough – with the expectation that once the insurance have been paid out, the funding  is recovered.

Any applications made from outside the immediate area of the fire will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This will be delivered through the Portobello Business Centre (PBC), 6–7 Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA.

Details of the fund’s operation are being developed by the Council, the Greater London Authority and PBC.

Businesses should register their details with PBC on 020 7460 5050 or email info@pbc.co.uk

Discretionary Fund for businesses that have contributed to the relief effort Royal Borough of  Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC)

Many businesses will have contributed to the relief effort, for example by providing hot food to residents made homeless, or by utilising their premises to support meetings as part of the  response.

A Discretionary Fund will respond to businesses seeking support on a case by case basis.

Businesses should register their details with PBC on 020 7460 5050 or email info@pbc.co.uk