Council to offer relief for town businesses

Northwich Guardian: Council to offer relief for town businesses Council to offer relief for town businesses

BUSINESS owners in Northwich and Winsford will be given a discount of up to £1,000 on their premises thanks to a council initiative.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is introducing the grants from April, which will provide relief to businesses who move into previously long-term empty premises.

The reoccupation relief forms part of the council’s strategy of bringing empty shops in town centres back into use.

Clr Les Ford, executive member for resources, said: “This is really great news for our small to medium-sized businesses operating within the borough and I am delighted that businesses which may have been feeling the squeeze will soon see a real saving on their outgoings.

“Government announced changes to the country’s businesses rates system last year and we are now in a position to implement these new reliefs for the benefit of our local businesses.”

The council estimated that more than 1,700 local businesses will benefit from retail rate relief discount and by using the rating information already held by the council, the £1,000 discount will be included on business rate bills being issued in March 2014.

The discount will also apply the following year.

The grants will be given to businesses on the requirement that the premises used as either shops, restaurants, cafes or drinking establishments and the rateable value of the premises must not surpass £50,000.

The council will also grant a discount of 50 per cent to any business which moves into any retail premises that has been empty for a year or more.

The discount will be subject to state aid limits, available for 18 months, and will apply to any business which moves into long-term empty retail premises between Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2016.

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3:23pm Fri 21 Mar 14

47thmoon says...

they're like a throwback from the Carry On Days aren't they - everything costs a pound or a pee as more and more shops close and broken Britain contracts.

A great place to live, we are told. Never ad it so good?

Who needs the Benefit Office when there's a food bank and the gutter to sleep in and David Cameron's Big Society ideas to comfort all our troubles, and big bonus grubbing bank managers happy enough to look after whatever spare cash we haven't yet let them gamble away?

Let's give a large round of applause to the man in the mask as he mounts his grey clothing horse and gallops home for his tea (hi ho Silver - awaaaaay)!!
they're like a throwback from the Carry On Days aren't they - everything costs a pound or a pee as more and more shops close and broken Britain contracts. A great place to live, we are told. Never ad it so good? Who needs the Benefit Office when there's a food bank and the gutter to sleep in and David Cameron's Big Society ideas to comfort all our troubles, and big bonus grubbing bank managers happy enough to look after whatever spare cash we haven't yet let them gamble away? Let's give a large round of applause to the man in the mask as he mounts his grey clothing horse and gallops home for his tea (hi ho Silver - awaaaaay)!! 47thmoon
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8:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

Higgy40 says...

What about supporting those businesses that have stayed loyal to the town centres and have fought hard to stay in business, what support are they getting ?

Oh well I suppose that means well get another dozen charity shops, cheap card shops and shops that will last for 23 months and then disappear. Just what Winsford needs !!!!
What about supporting those businesses that have stayed loyal to the town centres and have fought hard to stay in business, what support are they getting ? Oh well I suppose that means well get another dozen charity shops, cheap card shops and shops that will last for 23 months and then disappear. Just what Winsford needs !!!! Higgy40
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