Council acts to fill empty town centre units

Published: 29 October 2019

The Town Centre Discretionary Business Rate Relief aims to support the town centres of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley by encouraging the re-occupation of vacant premises by new or expanding businesses.

The Council developed and adopted the discretionary rate relief policy in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and subject to approval by the Council and the satisfaction of the State Aid Rules, discretionary rate relief may be available provided that applicants can demonstrate benefit to Council tax payers of the District.

Councillor Gordon Alcott, Deputy Leader and Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio Leader said “The Council wants to do everything it can to bring empty shops and business premises in Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley back into use and to encourage businesses to take them on.

“A business that meets the essential criteria will receive 100% discount on their business rates for either a 12 month or 24 month period or a maximum £10,000 contribution towards the business rates, whichever is lower. This is a great opportunity for new or expanding businesses.”

If you are interested or want to find out more, contact the Economic Development Team on 01543 464523 or email