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  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: May 29, 2020

    Folkestone & Hythe District Council will be launching their COVID Discretionary Business Grant Scheme at 9am Monday 1 June 2020.

    This scheme draws on the Government's 5% top-up allocation to the Council for the original Small Business Grant (SBG) and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant (RHLG) schemes for a discretionary scheme to support small and microbusinesses that did not benefit from the earlier funding.

  • Sandgate Chain of Office
    Article: May 19, 2020
    By Tim Prater in Opening Remarks on Election as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council

    I'm hugely honoured to have been elected as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council. Thank you all for your support: I can only promise to do my best.

    Since the formation of the Parish Council in 2004, there have been four Chairman - Joy MacMillan, Jonathan Greenwall, Geoffrey Boot and Robert Bliss.

    Robert has been Chairman since 2011 and served longer than all other Chairmen combined. We've known each other since I stood in my first election in the area to Kent County Council in 2005 against him. He won. We've evened up that score since then, and become, possibly unexpectedly for both of us, good friends. I'm really honoured to be taking over from him as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council.

  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Apr 28, 2020
    By Kent and Medway Growth Hub in Email to Businesses

    The Government announced a new loan scheme for small businesses.

    Aimed at the UK's smallest firms, the scheme will offer loans of between £2,000 and £50,000.

    • Businesses can borrow up to the value of 25% of their turnover up to a maximum of £50,000.
    • The Government will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months.
  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Apr 22, 2020

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have released figures on local authority Covid 19 grant payments as of 20 April 2020.

    The data for the local authorities in East Kent is as follows:

    Local Authority Initial Allocation Identified grant recipients Number of grant payments made Value of payments (£) Payments made/Identified recipients (%) UK rank/315 Value/Allocation (%) UK rank/315
    Ashford Borough Council £30,262,000 2,646 1,546 £18,505,000 58.43% 134 61.15% 96
    Canterbury City Council £48,240,000 2,728 1,628 £21,380,000 59.68% 124 44.32% 217
    Dover District Council £27,634,000 2,040 1,205 £14,330,000 59.07% 129 51.86% 161
    Folkestone and Hythe District Council £28,808,000 2,297 1,551 £18,090,000 67.52% 69 62.80% 86
    Thanet District Council £40,108,000 3,036 1,896 £20,985,000 62.45% 105 52.32% 156
  • HMRC Furlough Scheme Site
    Article: Apr 22, 2020
    By HMRC Business Help

    More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

    To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

    Accessing the system

    HMRC have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:

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