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Grant scheme to revitalise district centres goes live

Independent retailers are now able to apply for UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) grant funding to help them realise their business dreams and breathe life back into Bromsgrove district’s retail centres.

Whether retailers have plans to improve their shop frontage or set up in a new vacant unit, all local independent traders are being encouraged to grab their share of the UKSPF funding.

The Centres Enhancement Grant scheme aims to encourage longer-term occupation of vacant retail premises, improvements to the internal appearance, frontages, and accessibility of occupied units, in turn helping boost footfall, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of businesses.

The grant is available to existing and prospective independent retailers who can bid for up to £10,000 for a vacant unit and £5,000 for an occupied unit, depending on their eligibility and the project put forward.

Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Regeneration, Cllr Sue Baxter, said: “With everyday costs rising, improvement works or moving to new premises can feel like a pipe dream for many small businesses. Thanks to this UKSPF funding, local independent retailers can make their dreams a reality, reducing the number of vacant properties and breathing new life across the whole of Bromsgrove District, in turn encouraging more people to visit, and boosting the local economy. It’s a win-win for everyone! It’s only available to apply for until mid-Feb though so if you have an idea for your business, please get in touch asap.”

Businesses or organisations located within Bromsgrove Town centre and local district centres can apply for a grant towards the following costs:

  • Occupation of a previously empty retail unit.
  • Improvements to the frontage of occupied units e.g., new signage, windows, entrance doors
  • Improving the accessibility of occupied units.

Priority will be given to properties located within Bromsgrove Town Centre and Rubery Village but will also be considered for applications from Alvechurch Village, Aston Fields, Barnt Green, Catshill, Hagley, and Wythall as well.

The closing date for applications is 16th February 2024.

For more information on how to apply, bid guidance and checklist, go to

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