Share of £6m to help Harrogate high streets

Share of £6m to help Harrogate high streets

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 5:20am 7th May 2020.

More financial help for Harrogate's high streets

  • Businesses in Harrogate could get more financial support, thanks to more government cash.
  • £6.1m is being shared out across the country to help struggling high streets.
  • The cash will be handed to Harrogate Business Improvement (BID) to spend on local projects. 

Harrogate is set to receive its share of £6.1million in government funding to help its crisis-hit high streets reboot once lockdown is lifted.

The money will be paid to the borough council and then dispersed to Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) to spend on projects that will support struggling businesses.

Simon Kent, Harrogate BID’s Interim Manager, said:

“This is very welcome news, and even though it’s too early say what our allocation may be, any grant will be directed in the areas that need it most in Harrogate town centre as we slowly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The funding was announced following the resignation of four of Harrogate BID’s board members.

The business group has now cut its overheads by half and is gearing up for projects including a deep clean of the town centre and improved Christmas lights.

It has not yet been confirmed how much Harrogate will receive from the government.

England’s 261 BIDs will each get of share of the £6.1million funding boost – which is less than £24,000 on average.

Mr Kent added:

“It is worth noting the power of the BID in attracting funds directly into Harrogate town centre that we otherwise would not be able to claim.

"This ensures we can further support and invest in our BID area in the coming months.”

Announcing the funds, High Streets Minister Simon Clarke MP said:

“BIDs are uniquely placed and have a proven track record of success in supporting local businesses, empowering communities, championing our town centres and driving forward the renewal of our high streets.

“It’s only right that during these unprecedented times we give them all the necessary support they need to continue operating, so that they can carry on their vital work now and crucially when we move into the recovery phase from the current crisis.”