Businesses across Medway can continue to get advice on the government restrictions as well as financial help.
We have distributed more than £82million of government funding to hundreds of Medway businesses affected by the pandemic.
Business owners, whether they are self-employed, have just a few employees or are a larger company with hundreds of staff, are encouraged to visit our website to find out more about the support available.
Medway’s Trading Standards team is also continuing to offer advice and support to businesses about the latest national lockdown restrictions.
They have visited more than 3,729 businesses since the third national lockdown began.
The majority of businesses in Medway have been found to be following government guidelines. However, as of Wednesday, 10 February, seven formal warnings have been issued to Medway businesses found breaking the latest guidelines.
On Saturday, 6 February the team issued a formal warning to a food takeaway in Rochester which was selling takeaway alcohol, which is not permitted under the current government restrictions. They also issued a warning to a clothing shop in Rochester which was allowing customers select purchases in the shop, not using a click and collect service. Both business owners have been given further advice and asked to review the latest government guidance.
Our Trading Standards team will not hesitate to issue notices and fines to businesses repeatedly failing to follow government advice and is working closely with Kent Police to enforce the new national restrictions.
Working closely with local businesses
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: We are committed to supporting Medway’s businesses during the pandemic and I am pleased that the majority are continuing to follow the latest national restrictions. Our Trading Standards team are continuing to work closely with local businesses and provide advice however, they will not hesitate to take further action against businesses found to be flouting the rules and putting residents, and their staff, at risk. I would encourage anyone who has concerns about a business or venue they suspect are breaking government guidelines including: staying open when the government has ordered them to close; not following social distancing measures; encouraging employees to go into the workplace when they should be self-isolating and not having adequate safety protection measures such as barriers and screens to report it to us, on our website. We must all continue to follow the latest government guidelines to keep our loved ones safe.”