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£10k boost for York and four towns
4:23pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
YORK’S market stalls could be the key to boosting the retail sector after the city was named as a Town Team Partner by the Government.
Goole, Beverley, Bridlington and Market Weighton, all in East Yorkshire, were also among 400 communities nationwide to win the status.
They will be given a £10,000 Government grant each to revitalise their high streets and main shopping areas.
York based its bid on a scheme to use the city’s market stalls for business start-ups, which would then receive help to move from the stall to temporary premises and finally formal leasehold premises in York.
York council leader James Alexander said: “Previous smaller schemes have proven that there is huge potential for the markets to be used to bridge the gap between starting a business and moving into commercial premises.
"The scheme will also be providing a much needed boost to the market-place, attracting a larger and more diverse customer base."
The recipient towns will also have access to practical support in revitalising shopping areas.