Retail Start Up Scheme Helps Three New Businesses Set Up In Rugby Town Centre
|Author: Chris Stanley||Published: 16th December 2015 10:36|
The Nest has opened in Rugby town centre thanks to a Start Up Grant.
Three new shops supported by the Retail Start-Up Scheme have opened for business in previously vacant units in Rugby town centre.
The proactive award winning initiative set up by Rugby First and funded by Rugby Borough Council includes a grant and was specifically designed to help support and attract new businesses to the town centre.
The scheme, established for a number of years, is designed to reduce vacancy levels in Rugby town centre by attracting, supporting and helping new businesses to set up, establish, develop and promote their business in the crucial first few months of trading.
Since its inception, the successful and popular scheme has benefitted the town centre keeping the vacancy levels well below the national average.
The retail start-up package includes a grant, and if businesses have the opportunity to take up further free services should they choose which include the first £1000 of accountancy advice free, half price solicitor's fees, a rent free period, extended free banking period, free planning advice and free business start-up support from the Chamber of Commerce.
The three new businesses, Anna Lorimer Art and Framing, The Nest Rugby and Alberts Rugby Ltd have opened their new premises on Henry Street, High Street and Regent Street respectively. *
Aftab Gaffar, Managing Director of Rugby First said:
"The scheme has undoubtedly been very successful in helping to keep vacancy levels low, improving working relationships across business sectors, attracting and supporting new businesses, ensuring empty units are clean, attractive and appealing and providing a real positive boost to the local economy. Its success has been recognised by the local authority who have added more funding to the pot and by the Federation of Small Businesses who awarded it ‘Best Small Business friendly programme or campaign'.
Aftab continued: "I am delighted to welcome the new businesses to the town centre.
All three will offer a variety of quality products and services at affordable prices that will complement and further enhance the current retail offer we have here in Rugby. As always I would encourage people to support them and in doing so help to ensure your town centre continues to develop and thrive. Over the past few months we have seen the town centre occupancy rates continue to improve and there are more new businesses planning to open in Rugby town centre over the next few months."
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the economy, said:
"It is pleasing to see these great new businesses opening in Rugby. Opening time can be a difficult period with many expenses such as stock and marketing
as well as getting the shop ready, so I hope this grant will make those crucial first few weeks easier."
For further information on the Retail Start-Up Scheme please call Aftab Gaffar on 01788 569 436.