Finances are often a major stumbling block when it comes to opening your own shop, even at the planning stages. Thankfully it seems that local authorities have recognised this and are attempting to ease the strain on those planning on taking that leap of shop lease ownership.
Most recently Brighton council have introduced a scheme that offers significant discounts to retailers willing to take up temporary leases in shops that have been left empty for a long period of time, at a minimum of 6 months. The Empty Property Occupation Discount will last for the first 6 months of the lease and will only be made available to smaller scale companies.
This is a huge step forward for independent traders as it encourages social enterprise in a useful way, easing the strain on the pockets of those wanting to contribute to the economy.
This type of scheme obviously not only helps traders but also the image of the local area. After all, if commercial property is full, or near to full, then it makes visitors feel like that area is a place they would like to spend more time in.
Also, councils would rather get some money than no money from an empty commercial property, so with this scheme everyone wins.
For more information on the Empty Property Occupation Discount and to see if you qualify, check out the Brighton Council website. And if you need any advice on opening your first pop up or temporary retail space, get in touch with us here at Popupspace. We have a great deal of experience in this industry and offer a range of property relate services, including location sourcing. So send us an email and we can talk more about how we can help you and your business.
Sarah James, Popupspace