Coronavirus Covid-19: Business tenants

We know your health and that of your family and staff, will be your primary concern at the moment.

We are also aware that trading is significantly affected by Government advice to stay at home. We want to do what we reasonably can to help all our traders because of the vital services they provide to our community. 

Shops re-opening 

With many non-essential shops allowed to reopen from 15 June, Chrisp Street traders can download guidance on how to work safely here.

Temporary suspension of credit control 

Poplar HARCA has temporarily suspended credit control activities, and we won’t charge interest on late payments.  

You will need to take decisions to protect your cash flow, your business and your staff.  You should check with your insurer about business interruption cover.  And please talk to us as soon as you are worried about your business finances.  

Your contacts about any concerns are:

  • Knight Frank (for payments and invoices)

               Michaila Banks, or 0191 594 5049

  • Poplar HARCA (for retailer's enquiries)

               Chris Clarke,

  • Poplar HARCA (Leaside Business Centre and Viewtube)

               Rhnay Miller, or 020 7517 7640

  • Poplar HARCA (Accents)

               Danny Tompkins, or 07739 070 521

Staff are no longer working on-site, so please bear with us if responses take longer than usual.

Tower Hamlets Council

        Chrisp Street Market traders

  • Open to limited pitches for non-prepared food and household items only. 
  • For any questions about Chrisp Street Market, contact Damian Patchell at Tower Hamlets Council,

The Government

The Government is providing support to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Use their business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Check the Government’s website for more including;

  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • A job retention scheme
  • Grant funding for different types of businesses
  • Business rates holidays
  • Sick pay relief
  • Business Interruption Loans
  • Support for renters and landlords
  • Lending facility from the Bank of England

HM Revenue & Customs (HRMC)

HRMC has lots of information for businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

Telephone for help and advice: 0800 024 1222

We also recommend talking to your accountant. 

Mayor of London

Pay It Forward - free crowdfunding platform where small businesses ask consumers to pay for goods and services in advance of being delivered, when restrictions are relaxed.

London Growth Hub - daily updates, free 1-2-1 support and more.

Culture at Risk Office – support for freelancers, artists, creative workers and the self-employed.

London Funders - with the Mayor of London and City Bridge Trust, London Funders has launches a new emergency fund for the voluntary sector.

More support

Allia - Building Resilient Businesses’ programme is for businesses operating or creating opportunities in east London and about managing the effects of COVID-19. 

Arts Council (ACE) – has made £160m of emergency funding available for organisations and projects.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Emergency Fund – business support for smaller charities affected by Covid-19.

London Community Response Fund – groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic can apply for a grant of up to £5K.

Social Entrepreneurs Programme - Lloyds Bank and the Bank of Scotland have reopened this programme for applications which includes grants, learning and mentoring.

We will make sure this webpage is regularly updated.

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