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Financial assistance and support for business

We provide help and support to businesses in the Borough. We are driving projects and providing services which will bring economic prosperity and create jobs.

Financial Assistance

Town Centre Retail Grant Scheme

A grant of up to £5,000 is available to eligible business, subject to an appraisal process. The grant is available to new businesses occupying vacant space within the area of:

  • Stockton Town Centre
  • Yarm High Street
  • Norton High Street
  • Thornaby Town Centre
  • Billingham Town Centre
  • Ingleby Barwick (central)

Individual location maps are available for each town, which defines the specific eligible location in each area. The grant is available to new businesses occupying vacant premises, although existing businesses are eligible if they are expanding and demonstrating growth and are taking a new lease on a vacant property.

Stockton Town Centre Shop Frontage Scheme

A grant is available to existing businesses within the area of Stockton Town Centre to improve the frontage of their premises and help continue to raise the overall quality and image of the area. A grant of up to £500 is available to existing retailers in Stockton Town Centre to contribute to improving the frontage of their property. This may include new signage, painting and/or general improvements.

For more information and guidance on these schemes or to apply, please contact the Town Centre Development Team on 01642 526030 or email

Enterprise Retail Support

B Supplied Ltd has been appointed to deliver Stockton Borough Council's Retail Business Support contract until 31 March 2025. The project supports and assists the independent retail sector across the Borough, in the 6 areas as identified in the grant. The aim of this contract is to recognise the importance of further developing start-up retail businesses across the Borough, as well as supporting the ongoing needs of the existing retailers. It also ensures the successful operation of Fountains Shopping Mall.

For further information on the above, please contact B Supplied on 01642 605198 or

Business Investment and Growth Support

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council provide business investment and growth support to help businesses innovate and grow. Supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority's (TVCA) Indigenous Growth Fund, the scheme provides support to enhance inward investment and business growth for businesses across the Borough. The main aim of the Council's business investment and growth is to promote area regeneration and enhance inclusive economic growth.

The support is targeted at small and medium enterprise businesses, alongside sole traders and freelancers, to help them grow their business or implement innovative ways of working to enhance sustainability and productivity. If you would like any further information, get in touch with the team by emailing

Other business fund providers

Other business fund providers are: