Grants to encourage businesses to open up vacant premises

Shop front with closed down sign and door boarded up
East Herts Council has launched a grant scheme to encourage use of vacant shops, offices and industrial units.

As restrictions on social distancing are lifted we want to encourage the use of all our commercial space in the district. A one-off grant of £5,000 is available for any new or existing business that plans to open new premises. 

If you have ever seen a vacant shop on one of our high streets and thought it would be a great venue to launch a new business or pop-up shop, ever seen an empty office or industrial unit that you thought could help you expand your existing business then this could be the incentive you need.

Jan Goodeve, 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 have 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 a number of vacant commercial premises across the district and I want to do everything we can to encourage investment, employment and growth in these areas." 

More details on the eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found on our website.