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Tunbridge Wells council is giving discounted rates for businesses moving into premises that have been empty for a year or more

22 June 2014
by Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas

A new government scheme could see empty retail units given a fresh start in Tunbridge Wells town centre. 

The local council is now able to offer business rate relief to businesses moving into shops that have been empty for a year or more. 

The scheme is set up as an incentive to encourage retailers to choose the empty properties and boost the local economy.

The former ABC Cinema and parade of shops in Tunbridge Wells

It provides a 50% rate discount for 18 months until March 2016. 

Councillor Mike Rusbridge said: "As a boost to our local economy we need our empty shops brought back into use and I hope that this scheme gives businesses the incentive to do so. We are open for business."



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