Grants aimed at encouraging people to fill empty shop units in Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley have proved so popular the scheme could be expanded next year. Wyre Forest District Council earmarked £20,000 earlier this year to help start-up businesses fit out, repair or improve empty shop units.
Interest in gaining grants of up to £4,000 has been very high. The scheme helps small businesses who would not normally be able to fund the cost of shop refitting.
Businesses can apply for the grant and will be eligible if they provide proof they have spent money on refurbishing their premises. Areas of particular focus are Load Street in Bewdley, Lombard Street in Stourport and Worcester Street, Blackwell Street and Coventry Street in Kidderminster.
The Grants are aimed at smaller units and intended for start-up businesses and those relocating to the Wyre Forest district.