A range of new initiatives have been announced to help boost business in Chorley.

The latest measure to be unveiled aimed at fuelling economic growth, is the appointment of a business advisor to offer help, advice and support to existing businesses.

And there will be an increase in grant packages on offer to town centre shops.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees business for Chorley Council, said: “One of our key priorities is for a thriving economy and one of the best ways we make that happen is to offer help and support to businesses.

“We recently appointed an advisor to help people start up their own business and support businesses less than three years old, this new appointment will complement that by supporting established businesses to help them not only survive these uncertain economic times, but also grow and hopefully create more jobs .

“We want to ensure that existing businesses are maximising their potential, and we can do that by offering them a high quality service, tailored to their needs.

“This new post is yet another step we are taking to help boost the vitality of Chorley.”

Measures already introduced to help boost the local economy under the Council’s Making it Happen campaign include:

  • The appointment of business expert Paul Heyworth as specialist advisor to business start-ups and new businesses under three years old
  • An increase in shop front improvement grants from 50 per cent to 75 per cent of the cost up to a maximum of £10,000
  • Increased grants from £3,000 to £5,000 for the refurbishment of vacant shop premises
  • A possible business rate subsidy for businesses taking up vacant shop premises for the first year of operating

Contact the council on 01257 515151.