9th January 2024

Grants to reopen Malmesbury empty shops. Malmesbury town council has welcomed plans to help bring empty shop premises back into use. Further, it’s calling on business owners to step forward.

Wiltshire Council has made a total of £200,000 available to support small or micro businesses. This includes new start-ups, wanting to lease or rent a previously vacant commercial property located in around twenty towns in the county. And Malmesbury is one.

The Vibrant Wiltshire vacant unit grants is open for applications from businesses, including those providing services, and/or creative, cultural and community uses. The aim of the scheme is to increase footfall, create jobs and boost the local economy.

Grants to reopen Malmesbury empty shops - High Street Art - launch in Malmesbury
Grants to reopen Malmesbury empty shops – High Street Art – launch in Malmesbury


Applications can come from:

  • Business owners or directors of registered independent businesses charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Sole traders or self-employed individuals, who are bringing new business to a town centre or relocating a current business within a town centre. A signed lease for the premises is required.

The deadline to apply for a grant is February 15, and grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.

Malmesbury Mayor and the town’s Wiltshire Councillor, Cllr Gavin Grant, welcomed the new scheme and urged eligible business owners to apply.

‘Malmesbury has a strong and diverse high street with great independent traders and fewer empty shops than elsewhere in Wiltshire. But business is tough for retail and all help is welcome. A vibrant town centre brings in visitors and shoppers, which benefits all traders.

‘As a town council we have sought out advice and best practices on what drives up visitor numbers. We will be sharing those findings with our traders and key town centre stakeholders. It’s clear that making some areas look better is vital. This means:

  • Better signage
  • More attractive festivals and events
  • Better promotion, communication and collaboration
  • Good sharing of business insight and information are all vital.

This year is a great year to visit Malmesbury to see the Athelstan 1100 celebrations, the repeat of our Malmesbury Folk & Roots Music Festival and our high street art trail. And, we hope, much more.

‘Making sure our new town centre retailers take advantage of this new scheme is part of this plan.’

For more information, and for an application form, visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/vibrant-wiltshire-grants
Or email Vibrant.Wiltshire@wiltshire.gov.uk

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