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Rugby Town Centre
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First impressions count

Rugby First is continually working hard, with a range of partners, to keep vacancy levels low and provide an attractive town centre that encourages new businesses and investment, and provides a positive experience to those who visit, work and live in the centre. 


Keeping vacancy levels low

Rugby continues to do well in comparison to most town centres with vacancy rates around 6%, well below the national average of 14%. A proactive approach, including a super clean of vacant premises by Rugby First’s cleaning team, combined with proactive marketing, (including the award winning business start-up scheme), has seen the number of empty units reduced significantly and interest being shown in the remaining ones!

Working closely with Rugby Borough Council, Estate Agents and landlords, over 15 shops have already received support through the start-up scheme which includes a rent free period, a moving in grant, half price solicitor fees, free accountancy advice and membership to FSB.


Hanging Baskets

Working with Rugby Borough Council and over 50 businesses, Rugby First subsidise the cost of 100 hanging baskets. The baskets decorate the fronts of businesses providing colourful displays throughout the town centre making it more attractive, appealing and improving the overall customer experience.


Making it easier to stay & visit Rugby

Low cost and free town centre car parking

Rugby First continues to be the voice of the business community, negotiating with Rugby Borough Council and interested parties to keep town centre car parking prices low. Prices are as low as £1 for 3 hours and throughout the year, Rugby First in partnership with Rugby Borough Council, negotiate free parking initiatives and actively promote these through the radio, advertising, banners, posters, social media and the town centre website.


Further information

To find out more about our Web and Social Media services, please call 01788 569 436.