Wirral repeats pop-up shop offer

Barry Turnbull

Wirral Council is encouraging a second round of applications to its Empty Shops Fund programme.

The funding is designed to give financial support to businesses, social enterprises and community groups to re-open empty shops in the borough. In November, the authority approved funding to applications totalling in excess of £100,000 and also decided that further cash should be made available in a second round of bids.

Cllr Phil Davies, Wirral Council's cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: "We had some fantastic bids from the first round of applications, and I'm really looking forward to seeing this funding breathe new life into our shopping areas. I'd urge any business, community group or social enterprise that thinks they could bring an empty shop back to life to get their applications in as soon as possible."

The owners of properties used in the scheme could also benefit from a three-month holiday from full business rates when a temporary lease ends.

Funding is available in the following areas:

  • Heswall, Pensby & Thingwall – £17,500
  • Bebington & Clatterbridge – £17,500
  • Bidston, St James & Claughton – £17,500
  • New Brighton & Wallasey – £9,000
  • Bromborough & Eastham – £33,500

Any organisation wanting to launch a new service at the heart of local communities, has until 3 January to apply for funding. Application forms and full terms and conditions can be downloaded from www.wirral.gov.uk/funding

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