Pendle retailer Ruth Crompton who runs the Dressing Room shop in Colne is just one of many local businesses who have been given a boost by Pendle Council.
She was “Highly Commended” in this year’s Pendle Business Awards as a thriving new business. Coun. Joe Cooney, leader of the council said: “Ruth applied for an improvement grant and her shop is one of 14 to get a grant this year.
“Thanks to the grant, Ruth was able to expand her dress agency near the Town Hall on Albert Road.
“By matching the money the council gave her, she knocked through into the back office to create a much bigger, pleasanter shop. We’re making a huge effort to help our town centres thrive,” said Coun. Cooney.
“Helping people to improve their shops is good news for everyone,” he explained.
“It supports local businesses, improves the look of our town centres and provides a better shopping experience for local residents and visitors.
“Whether you’re an existing business or are about to set up, you could receive up to £3000!”
All town centre businesses in Pendle are eligible to apply for one of the Town Centre Premises Improvement Grants.
Ruth said: “It was great to get the grant which I added to my own investment to get the work done. I couldn’t have expanded without the grant.
“Paul Collins on the Town Centres Team was really helpful and supportive and the Town Council has been great too.
“I’ve been impressed with the help,” she added. “It meant I could expand without having to move to a different premises. I really didn’t want to move because I’m in a great location right in the heart of town!” she explained.
Paul Collins said: “There’s a lot of support we can give to help local businesses stand out. Local businesses can contribute to an attractive town centre which will encourage people to come and visit again and again!”
“We can provide grants to improve the look of shop fronts, including better signs. And it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do!” he added.
Grants can also be used for things like:
l New windows, and lettering for windows.
l Window displays.
l Stone cleaning.
For an application form and advice please contact the Town Centres team on 661677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org