Cash will help transform shabby shopping street

Chapel Walk,Sheffield

Chapel Walk,Sheffield

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ENTREPRENEURS will be given the opportunity to set up their own shop under a £100,000 project launched by Sheffield Council.

The authority has received a grant from the Government to cover the cost of the scheme, part of which will involve turning the old Oasis shop on Chapel Walk into a ‘retail emporium’ for new businesses and also making use of other empty stores on the street.

There would also be booths created on the street aimed at very small entrepreneurs.

Announcing the scheme, Coun Leigh Bramall, council cabinet member responsible for business, skills and development, said: “We want to make Chapel Walk a vibrant and welcoming street again and one that provides a strong retail offer and boosts footfall.

“At the heart of the project is a new ‘retail emporium’ based in the old Oasis store.

“Here young entrepreneurs will be able to take a unit of varying size to sell their goods.

“This could be as small as a single shelf or as large as a stand-alone space.

“This way we can take new retailers on a journey, helping them progress their idea right through to a stand-alone business.

“Although we only have the funding for one year we wanted to do something that will help local businesses grow and flourish – something that lasts for years to come helping boost the city’s economy and add valuable jobs for local people.”

The money has come from a Department for Communities fund aimed at providing an opportunity to revitalise high streets and tackle the challenge of empty properties.

■ For more information about getting involved in the project email citycentre.management@sheffield.gov.uk.

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