Ottery Town Council launches £10,000 Shop Front Improvement Grant scheme to boost businesses preparing to reopen after lockdown

Ottery Town Council has made £10,000 available to help spruce up shop fronts as businesses prepare reopen after lockdown.

Traders looking to improve the appearance of their premises have been encouraged to stake a claim for a slice of the cash.

The authority hopes the money will give the town centre a boost in particular, but it is a parish-wide initiative.

Businesses have until Sunday, June 14, to apply for a Shop Front Improvement Grant.

“We would welcome applications from any shop or business in the town who are looking to improve the appearance of its premises,” said an Ottery Town Council spokesperson.

“The scheme covers small building work, repairs, maintenance and anything else that may enhance your building – new energy-efficient lighting or fittings, hanging baskets, shop window display equipment or improving disabled access.

“Please let us know what you would like to do.

“If your idea is accepted, we will pay 50 per cent of the costs up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. There is a total of £10,000 available.”

The council will decide on recipients of the funding on Monday, June 15.

It says the purpose of the scheme is to help businesses prepare to reopen after the lockdown.

The initiative aims to ‘improve the look and appearance of, in particular, the town centre, but of all areas of Ottery parish’.

Application forms can be downloaded from the town council’s website.

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