Encouraging new businesses into Dewsbury

Sarah Waddington Solicitors

New businesses have recently benefitted from one of our schemes which cuts business rates on certain properties in Dewsbury town centre.

One of the businesses is Sarah Waddington Solicitors which opened late in 2015 and received a business rate discount as part of our new scheme. The program aims to improve Dewsbury town centre, generate jobs, encourage growth and attract more people into the town centre.

Sarah’s practice, which has recently been awarded the Law Society Lexcel (accreditation for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in Client Care), welcomed our Mayor Councillor Paul Kane, to their newly opened offices. Sarah Waddington, Principal Solicitor and owner said:

The practice is very proud to become part of the local business community in helping to bring much needed employment to the area. I was very heartened and pleased to receive Dewsbury Town Centre Business Rate relief scheme.

We received this in recognition of the opening of a new start up business in a priority property and the creation of new jobs including taking on a local school leaver on the government apprenticeship scheme.”

The reason I chose to open in Dewsbury is that it’s a lovely town which has had some bad press, the buildings are lovely and I wanted to bring something positive to the local area and give local people employment opportunities.”

Gary Gordon, Director of Dewsbury Pioneers said:

The business relief scheme is a great incentive and it will hopefully encourage new business into the Town and fill empty spaces which can only be beneficial in reviving our Town Centre. We hope that this scheme is the start of many other initiatives for businesses in our Town.”

Cllr Paul Kane, Mayor of Kirklees added:

Dewsbury is a fantastic town with some stunning buildings. I hope this added incentive will encourage more businesses to make Dewsbury their base and take advantage of its great location and friendly community. I would like to welcome Sarah’s company to Dewsbury and hope it’s a long and profitable venture for her.”

How the relief works

The business rate relief is for specific priority properties in Dewsbury Town Centre that occupy a ground floor shop unit. Before deciding whether a business is eligible, we will also assess the properties location, and consider how long it has been vacant. The vacant property should be re-occupied by a new start up business; however, existing businesses which open an additional branch may also be eligible.

More info

For further details and to find out if your business could be eligible for the scheme call Kirklees Council 01484 221000 and ask for Michelle Illingworth.

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