Bromley BID Members Area

Posted on: November 26, 2021

Covid rules update for licensed premises

The Metropolitan Police Licensing team have issued guidance regarding the latest Covid rules update, you can read below:

New Covid Rules

To The Premises Manager

From Wednesday 15th December, the coronavirus (COVID-19) rules are changing so anyone entering certain premises must be able to demonstrate their valid covid status.

Please check if your venue might be effected by the rules, if for example, it is classed as a Late Night Dance Venue. This could be relevant on certain days over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period.

The full rules for events and venues are HERE, but we have summarised the ones most relevant for the majority of local operators to Bromley as follows:

Venues that must check Covid status:

Proof of COVID-19 status, must be used as a condition of entry by all nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques.

Proof of COVID-19 status must be ascertained at all late night dance venues - defined as any venue where ALL of the following apply:

 the venue is open between 1am and 5am

 it serves alcohol after 1am

 it has a dancefloor or space for dancing

 it provides music for dancing, whether live or recorded.

The responsible person at the venue must ensure the covid status of everyone (not exempt) at the venue by verifying their:


 an approved international equivalent

 A valid text or email confirmation from NHS Test and Trace of a negative PCR test or negative lateral flow test within the past 48 hours.

Exemptions for venues:

 nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques that close their dancefloor, or cease to provide music

 other late night dance venues when operating outside of the hours of 1am to 5am, or which close their dancefloor, or cease to provide music, or cease serving alcohol between the hours of 1am and 5am

Exemptions for people:

 Local authority officers and emergency services responders, including police officers, medical professionals, and fire fighters attending a venue in a professional capacity.

 Children under the age of 18.

 People who can provide proof of medical exemption (for example, because they are taking part in a clinical trial). More guidance HERE

Please get in touch with us or the local authority if you want any help or advice.

We feel that venues that make efforts to educate staff and customers about the new requirements (especially before they attend the premises, via social media for example), explain why the rules are necessary (to keep everyone safe), and positively engage with people will find it easier to implement these rules.

Yours Sincerely

PC Edwin Sear 2157SN

Police Licensing Team


Bromley Council Grant update

Information and support for businesses

The information in this e-bulletin is accurate on 1 December 2021.

Stay informed at

Business Start Up during COVID grant - We are providing grants to start-up businesses who started trading after the 1 January 2020, due to the severe impact of restrictions on new businesses during COVID-19. Applications for grants up to £10,000 will be accepted. More information at the link below:

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - business start-up during COVID | Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - business start-up during COVID | London Borough of Bromley

Urgent - update to deadline for Business Growth Grant

The Governments Additional Restrictions Grant has enabled us to directly support thousands of our local businesses with much needed funding to help recover from the enforced COVID restrictions.

The Business Growth grant has proved to be a very popular addition to the funding streams that we have been able to provide.

We have already received a great number of applications for the Business Growth grant and, in light of this, the closing date for applications is now Wednesday 8th December at midnight.

If you wish to apply for this grant, then please visit the Business growth grant web page, prior to this deadline.

For further information about our other grant funding streams please visit Additional Restrictions Grant

Bromley Business Grants

Over £2.6m in Bromley Council grants are now open for applications. These include:

  • Grant for occupying a vacant unit - provides grant funding to existing businesses based either within, or outside the borough of Bromley to assist with the set up costs associated with occupying a vacant unit. Applications are open for grants between £25,000 and £50,000. Visit: Further information on ARG - grant for occupying a vacant unit
  • Cultural Grant - provides grant funding to cultural organisations (including self-employed artists and performers) to bring events and activities into our town centres. Activities such as theatrical productions, family art activities, and traditional live music are being encouraged. Applications are open for grants between £2,000 and £20,000. Visit: Further information on ARG - cultural grant
  • Business Growth Scheme - We are offering grants to existing businesses that are looking to grow into or from within the London Borough of Bromley, such as by refurbishing their offices to create more space or purchasing equipment to enable their business to grow, including online. Applications are open for grants between £5000 and £25,000. Visit: Further information on ARG - business growth grant

The deadline for the grant for occupying a vacant unit is 31st December 2021 and for the other three applications is 31st January 2022.



TFL has launched a new campaign to encourage workers to arrange personal deliveries to their home rather than office addresses to help cut down on congestion and pollution in London. If you would like to display the poster in your workplace you can download it here.


Mayor Of London's ESOL Plus Employer Partnership project

The Mayor’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Plus Employer Partnership guidance is designed to provide advice to employers as well as adult learning providers on how to set up English language provision on employer premises. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to opportunities to upskill, including English-language skills, has become essential for Londoners to get back into work and improve their career prospects in key sectors to our recovery. The toolkit outlines the benefits of workplace-based ESOL programmes for the organisation as a result of their employees’ enhanced English-language competence and confidence. The guidance also contains a checklist for employers on how to set up partnerships with adult learning providers based on best practice in the sector and learning from the Mayor’s ESOL Plus Employer Partnership project.

For further information on this resource, please contact


Offers, events, jobs

Have you got an offer in store, an event coming up, or a job posting? We can post your listings on the Your Bromley website, simply fill out this form, here:

Offers, jobs, events, directory listing form

Cyber Security Webinars

Free webinars by Police DSC in partnership with The Metropolitan Police! Learn top tips to prevent cybercrime and fraud. All are welcome! Check out available dates here:

The webinars provide an overview of good cyber security practices, aimed towards the current times of working from home and fraud prevention. Everyone who signed up will receive a recording of the webinar to playback in their own time and a copy of the presentation.


First Mile customers

First Mile are running a waste and recycling service for all businesses.

Businesses are encouraged to use up all their current stock of sacks and tapes and to order further supplies direct with First Mile by calling 0800 612 9894.

Don’t forget, you can log in at any time using the First Mile Portal to manage all of your services.


Bromley BID have also stopped the fortnightly jet washing services till further notice.


Crime Prevention

For businesses remaining in the town centre, here is a quick guide on how to reduce the risk of Burglary when leaving your premises unattended overnight.

Download the advice here.


Mental Health and Well-being

The government have put together some guidance for the public on the mental health and well being aspects of Coronavirus, such as where to get help, what you need to know and helping those suffering with mental health issues.


This page is being updated regularly, so please do come back to check

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