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Latest Update for Southwark Businesses Affected by COVID-19.

New grants for small businesses affected by the second lockdown

Grants are now available for small businesses in Southwark that have been legally required to close from 5th November 2020, and those that may not be required to close but have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

The application process is intended to be light touch, but please check the requirements carefully as missing information may mean a grant cannot be awarded or payment will be delayed.

The first round of applications for grants covering this closure period will be open until 8th December 2020. 

Different processes will apply for businesses that pay business rates directly to the council and those that do not.


You can also further advice for your business and employees by visiting Southwark Website by clicking buttons below.


Joint Letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Leader of Southwark Council, the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Culture & Skills and the chair of Blue Bermondsey, alongside the four Business Improvement Districts in our borough have asked that Alok Sharma expands on the Government’s strategy on engaging and supporting businesses in London.

The letter calls for consideration on the following points:

  •  Clarity on timing and support for planning
  • Rateable Value Threshold review
  • A collective partnership approach

Networking and support opportunity available for startups

The Southwark Council-backed programme Stride is running a ‘Startup54’ weekend for entrepreneurs and brand new businesses.

Startup54 provides an opportunity over the course of a weekend to meet like-minded future entrepreneurs, team up with new co-founders, create exciting business ideas and test them out. You will be supported throughout the weekend by Foundervine and OneTech, alongside mentors from the startup scene.

This event is virtual, and is only open to residents of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth. The deadline for applications is 9th December.

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