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New café hits the spot with help from Council's Empty Shop scheme

A new café has opened with the help of a grant scheme set up by Mansfield District Council to encourage businesses to take over empty shops.

Time Café Bar in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre was opened by Executive Mayor Tony Egginton. It is run by Time Food Services Ltd, a successful Sheffield-based business, which signed up for the Council's Empty Shop Grant scheme.

The scheme offered awards of up to £5,000 to new retail businesses, wishing to take up vacant units in Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse or Warsop.

The café received a grant of £5,000, which will be used to purchase kitchen equipment. Fifteen new jobs will be created locally and the company prides itself on using local produce wherever possible.

Café owner Wayne Fenton said: "One of the things which made Mansfield so attractive to us, was the fact that the Council clearly supports local businesses. This gave us a lot of confidence to take a risk in today's economic climate and build up our brand.  The grant we received through the Empty Shop scheme was important, but this is not just about money. The positive support we have received from the Council to set up and promote our business has been equally valuable. We really want to put something back into Mansfield's economy and community."

The café offers freshly made, quality products and a varied menu, which includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon and early evening meals. They also offer a catering service for external events. The focus is very much on offering great customer service in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

Portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, Cllr Kate Allsop said: "We are delighted to welcome the Time Café Bar to Mansfield. The Empty Shop Grant scheme has helped businesses and supported the Council's wider aim of revitalising the town centres within the District, by not only bringing empty units back into use, but also in some instances supporting new businesses and creating employment."

The Empty Shop Grant scheme has now ended. However, there are still a range of cashback incentives and grants available to people looking to take on business premises within the District.

The Council is offering £250 to its existing business tenants, if they refer a new business to the Council that results in a letting of vacant business premises.

£500 is available for new tenants at any of the Council's four Business Places at Armstrong Hall, Burns Lane, Park Road and Langford Road.

The Council is also offering £1,000 to businesses taking on new leases at any of the Council's vacant commercial properties.

If you are interested, please call Mansfield District Council on 01623 463 463 for further details. Terms and conditions apply for each of the offers.

Published 25 May 2012

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