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Discretionary Business Grants fund now available

Please see below a message from Medway Council which might be helpful to local businesses.

The government has recently announced details of the Discretionary Business Grants fund. This is an additional fund aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

Aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs, businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates, will be prioritised. However, consideration will also be given to other businesses based on local economic need.

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

We will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000 based on local circumstances. Please note applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday 5 June. Full details of qualifying criteria and to apply visit the coronavirus business page.

For a summary of all available support, please visit www.medwayforbusiness.org.uk. Details of a secondary scheme for the self-employed will be announced at a later date.

As individuals are being asked to look out for their neighbours, I encourage businesses to do the same, and ask that you forward this message to any Medway business contacts you feel may benefit.


Guidance for employers & Businesses on coronavirus

COVID-19 Support for businesses

Kent & Medway Growth Hub

COVID-19 Business Support Hotline - 03333 602300

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Links to find out more information regards what you need to do can be found below:




Fancy a fun evening playing Crazy Golf at Rochester Cathedral?

Crazy Golf inside Rochester Cathedral!

Enjoy an evening of informal networking, while playing a round of crazy golf inside Rochester Cathedral's Medieval Nave on Wednesday 28 August from 6-10pm. 

The Rochester Cathedral Buisiness Guild are putting on a fantastic evening of fun and networking just for businesses.  Joining us will be Marc 'The Force' Chapman, two-time World Crazy Golf Champion.  Mark will show us his amazing crazy golf skills as well as help those less able to hit a ball. 

We are putting together a small MBA team which you are welcome to join, however why not bring your work colleagues along and create your own team, you just need to come up with a team name!

Full details below, or if you want to book or have any questions please contact the event organiser, Lynne Bax on


 Rochester Golf Invite (004).pdf

Hot desking and more at Dragon Coworking in Rochester

Hot desking and serviced offices in Rochester

Dragon Coworking situated at the The St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Rochester is a cool, funky, modern open work space with an industrial theme.  As well as the popular hot desking facilities they also offer serviced offices and smaller pod sized areas, all almed aimed to meet your individual needs and budgets. 

Coworking working is a great way to make new friends, meet potential clients, share equipment and most importantly knowledge.  If you work from home and need a bit of business chat or looking for collaboration on a project, or you commute to London and need to WFH one day a week, then it's definitely worth checking out the facilities at Dragon Coworking.

Prices start from £20 per month, there is a barista style coffee machine, kitchen facilities, stand up desks, river views and creative whiteboards available!

They also run regular events which are free of charge and always very well attended.  Full details on each event and how to book can be found on their website www.dragoncoworking.co.uk or give them a ring on 01634 957077

Below are a couple of events happening at Dragon Coworking:

4 December 2019 - 4.30-7pm BRAND ROCKSTAR WORKSHOP

This is a round table discussion and an individual feedback session on your branding. You can bring in anything you would like feedback, or if you just have a question that you need help on, the team are there to help.

16 January 2019 - 4.00-5.30pm - WAFFLE 10.0

Teas, coffees and freshly made warm waffles - what's there not to like and all you have to do is go along and enjoy time waffling to other guests!  This event is sponsored by Ash lawrence from Changing Minds.







35th Anniversary Launch Event

The sponsors of the Medway Business Awards and the Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust would like to invite you to a joint 35th Anniversary drinks reception.