A new skateboard shop due to open in the High Street have been given a £3,000moving in grant.
Ripride Skateshop is one of the first businesses to receive the grant since Rugby Borough Council’s and Rugby First’s Retail Start-Up Scheme was extended to include Sheep Street and High Street, following its success in other areas of Rugby town centre.
Ripride, primarily catering for skateboarders, will sell a range of boards and accessories, catering for all budgets and abilities, as well as related clothing and footwear.
The shop is currently being refurbished and will open in late August.
Mark Taylor, owner of the new business said: “I have been skateboarding for over 26 years and always wanted to own a skateshop. I saw the retail start up scheme advertised on colourful window graphics in the town centre and contacted Rugby First who were very helpful – they also told me that the business rates had been reduced! As they say the rest is history and now I’m really excited about the new business and can’t wait to open.”
Managing Director of Rugby First, Aftab Gaffar, said: “We know the start-up scheme has worked in other areas of the town and were confident that by expanding it to include High Street and Sheep Street that we would see similar results. Although still early days, the scheme, combined with the business rate reduction is generating plenty of interest and we hope to see more units filled over the next few months.”
Cllr Heather Timms, said: “Rugby Borough Council has just added fifteen thousand to the scheme specifically to attract new businesses to vacantunits on High Street and Sheep Street. I am delighted to see it has already attracted one new business and that there is plenty of interest from others. If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme please get in touch with Aftab on 01788 569436.”