New Scheme Launched To Tackle Vacant Businesses In Laois

It follows successful pilots in two other Laois towns.

A new scheme has been launched, aimed at tackling empty businesses in a midlands town.

The establishment of the Vacant Commercial Property Incentive Scheme in Mountrath follows successful pilots in both Portlaoise and Portarlington.

It offers potentially ten incentives, which are a mix of financial supports and mentoring opportunities, for businesses seeking to lease or rent a property that's been empty for longer than half a year.

It's hoped the move will encourage the uptake of more businesses on the town's Main Street and surrounding areas.

The suite of incentives includes grants such as the Shop Grant Improvement and Accessibility Scheme, Shop Fit Out Scheme, a business promotion package with Laois Chamber Alliance, and a complimentary HR advice session with Laois-based Iridium HR.

Caroline Hofman, interim CEO Laois Chamber Alliance says:

"On behalf of Laois Chamber Alliance, we are delighted to see the Vacant Commercial Property Incentive Scheme being extended to Mountrath, having initially been piloted successfully in Portlaoise and subsequently launched in Portarlington.

With thanks to the support of the Business Support Unit and Local Enterprise Office Laois, the suite of potential grants and supports available can assist in reducing the costs for any eligible business.

We are also delighted to be offering a business promotion package to any new or expanding businesses availing of the scheme."

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