Pilot cash must benefit firms, says chamber

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BUSINESS leaders have welcomed the news that Rotherham is to win a £100,000 cash injection.

The town has been given the money after being selected as a ‘Portas pilot’ town - a project to help revive high streets and increase shopper numbers.

Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said benefiting local businesses was vital.

The £100,000 is to be matched by British Land.

Andrew Denniff, chamber executive director, said: “This is a welcome investment into Rotherham town centre and, with the matched funding from British Land and the potential to link any expenditure into local businesses within the regional economy, there is an excellent opportunity to enhance the value of the initial spend.

“It is important that, whatever projects are undertaken under the scheme, we try to maximise the benefits for local businesses.”

Money will be used to help those starting a businesses and to fill empty properties.

Grants are also to be expanded as part of the scheme, inspired by shopping guru Mary Portas’ Government review.