East Herts Council bids to banish empty shops, offices and industrial units with new one-off grant of £5,000
East Herts Council has launched a grant scheme to revitalise empty shops, offices and industrial units in Bishop's Stortford and other parts of the district.
As restrictions on social distancing are lifted, the authority wants to encourage the use of all commercial space in East Herts.
A one-off grant of £5,000 is available for any new or established business that plans to utilise redundant premises.
Cllr Jan Goodeve, EHC's executive member for planning and growth, said: "I'm really keen that we support our businesses to expand and encourage any entrepreneurial residents to try out new business ideas. A one-off grant of £5,000 should make this easier by helping to cover some of the costs, such as rent or new fittings.
"We've been fortunate in East Herts as the number of business closures due to the pandemic has been low. However, even before Covid hit us there were vacant commercial premises across the district and I want to do everything we can to encourage investment, employment and growth in these areas."
For more details on the eligibility requirements and how to apply, see www.eastherts.gov.uk/premises-grant.