Financial assistance and support for business

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Stockton Council provides 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 526075 or email [email protected]


Enterprise Retail Support

B Supplied Ltd has been appointed to deliver Stockton Borough Council’s Retail Business Support contract until 31 March 2022. 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.

What it can offer:

  • Retail Start-up: Start-up support available to help start a new retail business
  • Mentoring: Mentoring and support service available to help support existing retailers in one of the identified centres
  • Fountain Shopping Mall: Day to day management of building as well as identification and sourcing of new tenants. B Supplied provide a complete support role to tenants of the building

For further information on the above, please contact B Supplied on 01642 605198 or [email protected]


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