Supporting business and encouraging enterprise

We want to support stable levels of economic growth and employment by creating and maintaining an attractive and vibrant business environment in the borough.


Business and Enterprise

The Royal Borough's economy is characterised by the number of small and unique businesses, with over three quarters of businesses employing fewer than five employees and only 2 per cent employing more than 50. However, we are also home to some flagship business brands and renowned commercial centres.

These pages include information on doing business in the borough and where to find help to grow and succeed.


Superfast broadband grants

Kensington and Chelsea's small and medium sized business can obtain a connection grant of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme.

The scheme is active in 22 cities across the UK and is administered by each city through over 600 registered suppliers. Businesses are eligible if:

  • They are a small or medium sized enterprise, registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader.
  • Installation of their new broadband connection will cost over £100.
  • The connection is for business premises (you can apply for a connection at home if this is your main work base, but this does not apply if you work from home occasionally).
  • They are willing to sign up to a minimum 6 month contract with a broadband supplier.
  • The broadband service selected delivers a speed or performance improvement on the current connection.
  • They have not received more than around £120,000 in grants in the last 3 years.

To check eligibility and for more details:


New Schools Art Loan programme for local businesses to launch in 2015

The Art Loan programme is a new initiative of the Council’s Arts Service, building upon the success of the Art on Show project, the Royal Borough’s annual Schools Art Competition and Exhibition. 

Local businesses will be able to loan original artworks created by students in the borough, to enhance their workspaces spaces, providing a unique opportunity for businesses show their links to the community and enhance their working environment.

The artwork, presented to professional gallery standards will be available to hire for a period of up to 12 months, starting from July 2015.

This short film provides further information about the Schools Art Loan programme

For further information and to get involved, contact Jen Wood via email or call on 0207 361 4378.


RBKC Business Direct



The Council wants to strengthen the way it communicates with local businesses and Business Direct is our new emagazine designed to keep you informed of key local news that matters to business, including:

  • major public realm projects 
  • transport infrastructure projects
  • planning and development issues
  • regulation
  • law and order
  • education, employment and training
  • the local economy

To subscribe you just need to provide an e-mail address and we will send Business Direct to your inbox every month. Subscribe to Business Direct

Page last updated: 03/12/2014