Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre is a great place to start or develop a business. The wide pedestrian streets and award-winning floral displays provide an attractive setting for a wide range of businesses including a 6 day a week market, high street chains, funky independents, cafés, restaurants, bars, live music venues, offices and even a Vue cinema.

As well as loyal local shoppers, your potential customer base includes a large number of professional service companies based within a few minutes walk from the centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme College with around 9000 staff and students, Keele University with over 10,000 students and staff, and the nearby University Hospital employing over 7000 staff.

There are a wide range or retail and commercial properties available, often available on easy terms giving you an opportunity to trial your business idea without a long term commitment. And don’t forget the market as a low cost option to start your own business.

Use the contacts below to get the help and advice you need to start or grow your business in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre.

General start-up advice


If you are searching for premises, the agent’s details will usually be displayed prominently on the property; however, you can search some of the town centre vacant properties online using the following links

Market stalls

To find out more about running a market stall contact the markets office on 01782 620519 or 07771 568172 or e-mail For information about the monthly Farmers’ market call 01782 742375.

Food Businesses

Anyone starting a new food business must register  with the Council at least 28 days before opening.

Do I need a licence?

Check if your business needs a licence

Do I need planning permission?

Check if you will need planning permission for your premises (including signage)

If you have any other queries about starting or growing your business contact the Business Development Officer at the Borough Council on 01782 742461 or