Successful funding scheme returns to help Waterlooville thrive

Waterlooville town centre and clock tower

Following a successful programme in 2023 which has already secured positive changes for Waterlooville town centre, Havant Borough Council is now launching round two of its Waterlooville Vacant Shops Scheme.

Available to newly established, expanding or relocating businesses, grants ranging from £1,000 to £50,000 are now available to support a business's capital costs in bringing a vacant shop in Waterlooville town centre back into use. Whether fitting out a new shop, or buying equipment to help establish your business, the scheme provides welcome support to set up within Waterlooville town centre. As part of the scheme, support is also being made available for small businesses to help develop their business plans and applications.

Councillor Alex Rennie - Leader of Havant Borough Council - said "The council's intent to help reinvigorate Waterlooville town centre is clear, and the launch of the second round of the Waterlooville Vacant Shops Scheme not only reinforces that intent but also builds off the success already achieved with this inspired, interventionist approach. I, for one, am delighted to this considerable funding being made available to support local businesses develop and thrive in Waterlooville town centre and look forward to seeing the outcomes that will ultimately arise from the scheme."

The deadline for applications is September 2024. For more information on the scheme (including how to apply) - and regeneration work to date in Waterlooville, visit