Coronavirus advice for businesses

This page contains information for Westminster businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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We are speaking to local businesses to ask what we can do to help, and are also calling on the government to do as much as possible. We are working closely with central government and the health service to cope with whatever contingency plans are needed.

1. Find out what financial support is available

The easiest way to find out what financial support is available to you is through the government's online help tool.

Find financial support at GOV.UK

You can also read our guide to support for individuals and businesses (PDF, 139KB).

2. How the council is supporting businesses

It's a priority that we do everything to enable the business sector to bounce back following this period of immense uncertainty. The council will continue to advocate with a strong voice for the needs of businesses in Westminster to ensure we get through this situation as a cohesive and enterprising community.

Learn more about how the council is helping businesses

3. Promote your local business

As part of the wide range of initiatives to support the local economy during the pandemic, Westminster City Council has launched a new and interactive online map for residents and others to quickly and easily find out what shops are open for business, either physically open or offering online services.

Whilst we don’t wish to exclude any Westminster businesses from taking part, initially we want to focus on shops or takeaways. We are particularly keen to hear from those that are currently open, operating and delivering from local high streets and neighbourhoods. Our primary focus is ensuring the safety of our community and every business taking part will need to set out the measures that they are taking to ensure compliance with all social distancing rules.

Send information relating to your business

Take a look the our new interactive map to find out about local shops open across Westminster.

5. Market traders

Read the latest information about markets in Westminster during the COVID-19 outbreak.

6. Rubbish and recycling

Read our advice for businesses about commercial rubbish and recycling during the COVID-19 outbreak.

7. Planning and council meetings

Committee meetings

Council committee meetings, including licensing and planning meetings, are now being held virtually and streamed publicly using Microsoft Teams.

Find out more about committee meetings

Planning and Building Control

Read the latest guidance on planning and building control services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

8. Funding for coronavirus support organisations

Find information about grants and funding available for organisations, including voluntary and community sector organisations, responding to, or affected by, coronavirus. 

9. More information

You can find more information and advice about coronavirus on the following pages:

Last updated: 14 May 2020