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Help and advice for employers about supporting your staff through Covid-19.

COVID-19 - support for businesses

The Government has announced a support package to protect against the economic emergency caused by the coronavirus. This includes loans, grants and business rates support to help manage cash flows through this period. 

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This service is funded by Kent Local Authorities and delivered by the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.

  • Discretionary business grants
    The discretionary fund is to help small businesses that do not qualify for other support schemes.  
  • Small business and Retail, hospitality and leisure grants  The government has made cash grants available to support small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
  • Business Rates support
    Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors plus childcare providers will pay no business rates for the financial year 2020-21, regardless of their rateable value.
  • Government financial support for businesses
    Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme
    To support businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures. Delivered by British Business Bank and its partners
  • HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
    If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559. 

Food Businesses

Other support


Our Town Centre Business Grant Scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 to businesses in Dover, Deal and Sandwich town centres.

Business rates

Business Rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency

Licences & permits

Includes Alcohol & Entertainment, Gambling and Taxi licensing

Food businesses

Register a food business and find out about food safety

Advice & information

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Selling to DDC

The processes we carry out in selecting and awarding contracts

Health & safety

We carry out inspections, investigations and enforcement

Private Landlords

Advice and information for Private Sector Landlords


Environmental information and advice for businesses 

Parking permits

Permits and waivers are available for businesses

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