Keith’s budding entrepreneurs offered a rent-free popup shop

Former shoe shop is offered rent-free

A unique scheme that will allow budding entrepreneurs to test their business ideas in a ‘real world’ environment is being launched in on a Moray high street.

A vacant shop property on Keith’s Mid Street is being offered to local people wishing to test our their business ideas – with time to operate from the shop on a rent-free basis.

The idea is being promoted by the Keith Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), set up earlier this year with the aim of giving the town centre a facelift.

CARS was launched with a £2million budget to make grants available for work on homes and businesses in Mid Street, Riedhaven Square and Chapel Street.  Cash is being made available for repairs to traditional shop fronts as well as other improvements.

Funding for the scheme was provided by several groups led by Moray Council and Historic Scotland.

Scheme Officer Ross McCleary said of the latest idea: “We wish to let people try out their business ideas – they can have the building without having to pay rent, so it should keep their costs down.

“We wish to hear from anyone who thinks they can see a gap in the market or believes that they might have hit on an innovative or off-the-wall idea that could prove popular.”

For details on the pop-up shop Mr McCleary can be contacted on 01343 563549 or by email to

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