Cash to revive empty shops

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SHEFFIELD is to get a £100,000 boost to help breathe new life into rundown parts of the city centre.

The city is to become a Portas Pilot - a scheme based on recommendations put forward by shops guru Mary Portas last year.

Doncaster and several other Yorkshire towns are also to benefit from the project.

Ministers say they plan to accept the vast majority of points raised by the Portas High Street Review - including a raft of new incentives, funding schemes and bureaucracy-busting measures intended to boost city centre trade.

Cash will help bring empty shops back into use, with extra funding available from councils and landlords to support new business start-ups.

The best schemes will be eligible for a share of a £1 million Future High-Street X-Fund, which will be awarded to the most creative and effective projects in a year’s time.

There will also be a National Markets Day to celebrate the role markets can play, help aspiring entrepreneurs try out their business ideas and encourage more visitors into town and city centres.