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Further Shop Grants

Posted on 7th April, 2013 in News

In an on-going drive to invigorate and promote Bridgwater Town Centre, more grants have been made available to local shop keepers.

Jointly funded by Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater Town Council, there are TEN new grants available.  These will be offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis for independent retail/service property owners.  The successful applicants will receive a match funded grant of up to £200 to be used on permanent visual improvements to retail premises. (i.e. spend minimum of £400 to receive a maximum of £200 grant aid)

This initiative aims to encourage new and existing retail/service businesses to enrich their retail offering in order to help drive shoppers to the town centre and can be used in a variety of ways.

Perhaps the shop front or signage could be upgraded, or maybe a general enhancement to kerb appeal is required.  Alternatively, maybe some improvements needs to be made to the layout of the interior of the shop or repairs are required.

The BRI – Town Team, originally formed in 2010, comprising a group of local interested stakeholders, has been the driving force behind this latest initiative.  The grants are officially released as part of the “Business Event on April 11th held at Bridgwater Town Hall.  These are just one of a series of grants that have been made available, and to date has been of direct benefit to 20+ local businesses in order to modernise their shops, in conjunction with a series of training courses to provide practical support.

Ken Baker Hair Design put their grant to very good use.  “With the help of the grant we have modernised the inside of the salon, designed a new logo and produced new external signage.  The goal has been twofold – to bring a fresh and contemporary feel to the salon and to increase the profile within the town centre, ultimately to bring in more business.”

Beverly Crockett from Flowers International says that “The help and support provided has been invaluable and I have made some fantastic contacts.  I have had access to a range of practical support and advice eased the difficult process of moving to the bigger shop in a short timescale, and the empty shop grant was very gratefully received.

Tim Grimes from Tim’s Cameras says “I’ve had to change the manner I present products in, including new neat ticketing, colourful vinyl window graphics and I have counter and display units arranged with matching carpet.  The advice I have received in the courses arranged for retailers by BRI has given me the confidence to proceed.”

Pauline Hayes from Carmel’s Collections was a fortunate recipient of a previous grant.  “I have been lucky enough to have been successful with an application for an existing shop grant. Work on the shop progressed thanks to the 50% input from the grant. You cannot imagine what this has done for my business. I cannot speak more highly of the support and help from the BRI that I have received.”

BRI- Town Team includes representatives from:

Angel Place Shopping Centre;  Boots; Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce; Bridgwater College; Bridgwater Industrialists; Bridgwater Town Council; Federation of Small Businesses; Keys Estate Agency; Lyndon Brett Partnership; Magnox; McKinlays; Pardoes; Sedgemoor District Council; Small Industries  Group; GPR Traders; Tamlyn’s and Timeless Images.

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