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Help with funding

Find information about funding schemes available to support small retail businesses.

We can help you source funding from a range of partners and schemes depending on your geographical area and business needs.

If you're interested in exploring funding opportunities for your retail business, fill in either of our forms below and return it to the address included at the bottom of the form. If you need further information, contact us

Targeted business support - premises improvements

Available to support new business into premises, bring back into use derelict or underused retail space and encourage business growth.

Funding is awarded with the following aims in mind:

  • to improve economic activity across the county's retail centres
  • to generate investment
  • to generate employment and training opportunities
  • to contribute towards the overall environmental quality of a town centre by improving the design and appearance of business premises

What's available?

Funding can be awarded for external works as follows:

  • Major schemes - 70% of cost up to a maximum of £20,000
  • Minor schemes - 50% of cost up to a maximum of £5,000

Internal works may also be considered alongside the external works.


Funding is available to the owner or tenant of a property. Please fill in our business support request form or contact us for more information on the scheme.

Contact us
Community Economic Development
03000 267 967
Our address is:
  • Council Offices
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JQ
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