Council acts to fill empty town centre units
19th September 2012
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The Town Centre Business Rates Discount Scheme is how the Council is using the £100,000 that was awarded from the Government’s High Street Innovation Fund (Portas funding) earlier this year. It is one of a number of initiatives the Council is implementing to rejuvenate town centres.

The Council wants to do everything it can to bring empty shops and prominent High Street business premises in Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley back into use and to encourage businesses to take them on.

A business that meets the essential criteria will receive 100% discount on their business rates for the first 12 months or a £10,000 contribution – whichever is lower.

The Council also wants to work with landlords to reduce the number of empty units and is encouraging them as part of the scheme to match the Council’s business rates discount or offer businesses a rent-free period.

Betting shops, charity shops, off-licences and businesses located in a market or trading a market-style operation are not eligible under the terms of the scheme.

Applications for business rates discount should be made in writing to Glenn Watson, Economic Development Manager at Cannock Chase Council, PO Box 28, Beecroft Road, Cannock WS11 1BT.

Applications must set out the following information:  Name of business and contact details  Name and address of retail unit to be occupied  Details of landlord or landlord’s agent  Letter or other evidence from landlord of a matching financial contribution  Estimated start date  Confirmation of the exact amount of business rates grant claimed and for what period.

Businesses who are interested in the scheme but want more information should call 01543 464529 and ask for Bob Phillips, Glenn Watson or Tony McGovern.

Cllr Diane Todd, Cannock Chase Council Town Centre Regeneration Leader, said: “The Council has consulted with traders’ associations and other interested bodies in the District, as well as district councillors and town and parish councils, to finalise the business rates discount scheme. I would encourage start-up businesses or businesses looking to expand to talk to us about how we can help meet their business rates bill. This scheme is intended to improve the retail offer in our town centres and increase footfall, which will be good news for all businesses.”

Information couresy of Jamie Summerfield

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