Decision details

Notice of Motion: Starter Units

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Consideration of the Notion of Motion ‘Starter Units’, referred by Council on 20 October 2021 to the Economy and Growth Committee.


The Committee considered a report in response to the following Notice of Motion which had been moved by Councillor A Kolker and seconded by Councillor P Groves at the Council meeting on 20 October 2021 and was referred to the Economy and Growth Committee for consideration:


“This Council, in order to support the Borough’s post-pandemic recovery, commits to providing a wide range of affordable rental units for small and micro business start-ups.”


Councillors A Koker and P Groves spoke on the motion.


The report detailed the current and planned activity by the Council to develop an evidence base to help build a business case and secure investment for small and micro business accommodation. 


The Committee unanimously RESOLVED:


1          that the Council undertake demand analysis and research to identify demand for start-up units, potential sites and to develop the business case for investment in additional start-up and innovation space.


2          if research shows there is sufficient demand, to develop the business case for public sector investment in new business start-up space and an incubation support offer and use this to develop up investment plans/funding bids to secure the necessary capital and revenue funding.  This could be via sources such as the Levelling Up Fund or UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


3          in addition, to use the business case work to develop a pilot for a ‘Technology and Digital Incubation Centre’ in Crewe, using funding already secured through the Future High Streets Fund.


4          to work with private sector landowners, developers, and investors to promote the development of new start-up space, co-working and innovation spaces in key towns.


Publication date: 21/03/2022

Date of decision: 17/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 17/03/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Effective from: 29/03/2022

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