Build your professional network, explore new partnerships, share ideas, or just make friends, at one of our networking events. Contact us to sign up for the next one.
Regular Networking events
Insight on the town centre
Get an insight into how Kingston is performing and changing over time, with our monthly reports into footfall, spend, vacancy rates and more, helping you to plan for the future. Contact us to sign up to our distribution list or for the most recent report.
Influencing and representing
From business rates and town centre safety, to environmental issues and traffic, we’re here to support you with any problem your business faces. Together, we’re an influential collective voice that ensures your needs are heard.
We present your ideas, lobby for your interests, and raise your concerns to the town’s decision-makers; so that Kingston is shaped by the businesses that help it thrive. Contact us to let us know how we can help your business.
Energy Bill Relief Scheme
The current Scheme fixes gas and electricity prices for businesses from 1 October to 31st March 2023.
Details of the support package
- The scheme is available to everyone on a non-domestic contract, including businesses, voluntary and public sector organisations.
- Under the scheme wholesale prices are expected to be fixed for all non-domestic energy customers at £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas for six months, less than half the wholesale prices anticipated this winter.
- Discounts will be applied to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.
- The scheme applies to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1 April and variable and flexible tariffs and contracts.
- Equivalent support will also be provided for non-domestic consumers who use heating oil or alternative fuels instead of gas.
Businesses do not need to contact suppliers, the discount will automatically be applied to bills.
From 1st April 2023, a new scheme will provide 12 months of transitional support, where the government will offer a discount on wholesale prices of electricity and gas subject to a wholesale price threshold.
Until 31st March, organisations are charged £211 per megawatt hour (MWh) for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas. From 1st April 2023, a unit discount of up to £6.97/MWh will be automatically applied to their gas bill and a unit discount of up to £19.61/MWh applied to their electricity bill.
This discount will be subject to a wholesale price threshold of £107/MWh for gas and £302/MWh for electricity. This means that organisations experiencing energy costs below this level will not receive support.
The government says energy providers will automatically apply the discount to bills.
Other sources of help and advice
The Retailer Clinic – runs free workshops teaching you how to take control of your cash flow with supply chain tips and tricks that work for small retailers.
London Business Hub – includes guides on managing cash flow, managing unpaid debts, and insurance cover, as well as links to external resources including:
CBI resources – tackling rising business costs
NatWest Support Hub – advice and support to navigate rising costs
Mayor of London Hub – support for Londoners who are struggling
Other resources that may be useful include:
Citizens Advice Kingston Toolkit
RBS support hub – business support and advice
Mental Health at Work Toolkit
StepChange – debt advice
CIPD – advice for supporting employees
Ofgem – for advice on energy