REGENERATION chiefs are looking to breathe new life into the town centre by offering help to new businesses.
The Indoor Market Project has been developed by Hartlepool Borough Council and aims to use six empty market stalls within Middleton Grange Shopping Centre for start-up businesses.
The idea is to give new businesses the opportunity to try their ideas before committing to a career in retail.
Shopping centre bosses have also agreed to waive the rent, service charges and insurance charges for the stalls for six months.
In a bid to help turn around the fortunes of empty town centre units in Hartlepool, the town was awarded £100,000 through the High Street Innovation Fund.
The council established a working group which has been developing a range of projects and the Indoor Market project is one of them.
Mayor Stuart Drummond was asked to give his backing to the plans at a meeting today.
A report by Damien Wilson, assistant director (regeneration and planning) said: “The support will consist of a pre-trading retail training programme covering specific aspects of retailing such as customer care, how to sell and online training.
“It is important that the support provides people with the skills to assist them in establishing successful, sustainable businesses.
“The project will include funds for a marketing campaign which will use a range of measures to encourage people to use and support the indoor market.”
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