Thursday, December 18, 2008

News: Rotherham town centre business vitality scheme


A council report has outlined plans for a £450,000 business vitality scheme aimed at encouraging new independent retailers to open up outlets in Rotherham town centre. Supporting the Rotherham Renaissance programme, the scheme aims to increase the quality and diversity of the retail offer, reduce the number of vacant retail units, provide assistance to both new and existing businesses, enhance the quality of the shop frontages and the street scene and strengthen the quality of the street café culture. Utilising funds from the government's Local Authority Business Growth Initiative (LABGI) and the council's Rotherham Economic Regeneration Fund (RERF), the scheme may provide discretionary financial assistance in the form of rental contributions, business planning, business advice, and contributions to shop front grants, fit out costs and street furniture. Targeted retailers include high quality coffee houses, juice bars, internet cafes, ice cream parlours, independent fashion boutiques, perfume and cosmetics retailers, delicatessens, craft bakers and confectioners, contemporary high quality jewellery retailers, high quality furniture and interiors and independent bookshops. Further details of the scheme are expected in February.


Anonymous,  February 4, 2009 at 10:37 PM  

Let us indeed hope that the Rotherham Renaissance will be as productive and long-lasting as the Italian Renaissance and produce buildings of equal architectural merit and beauty. That said I don't think that Rotherham will ever feature on "The Grand Tour" not while "the evening economy" prevails with its pavement pizzas and shopdoor urinals. Yours in Hope, BramleyBoy

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