two new Nelson town centre retailers who have been supported by Pendle Council grants are up and running.
First Stop, owned by Andy Coulton, sells electronic cigarettes, a healthy substitute to smoking, while Choc Stop is a milk shake bar run by Shehraz Akhtar.
Andy said: “Starting up a new business is always costly and the grant really helped to speed things up.
“The assistance from Paul Collins and Imtiaz Shah in the council’s economic development team was priceless.
“Coming from outside Pendle I was more than happy to set up business in Nelson. The location and shop size was perfect.”
Shehraz used the council grant to fund signs for the shop. He said: “I had never applied for anything like this before and thought it would be really complicated but it couldn’t have been simpler. Thanks to the grant I didn’t have to take out any loans.”
Coun. Paul White, who leads on regeneration, said: “It’s great to support local businesses like these through our Premises Improvement and Business start up grants.”
Grants can be used for things such as signage, canopies, new windows and window displays.
The council can also pay towards things like new websites for businesses and promotional flyers.
Anyone starting up a new business in Pendle can contact the council for advice about grants.
Go to www.pendle.gov.uk/business or telephone 661688.
Paul Collins said: “Providing grants like these can really help to create attractive shop fronts and improve the look of our town centres.
“There’s a lot of support we can give and it is clear in the case of First Stop and Choc Stop that it can make a big difference. I would encourage any new businesses to get in touch with us.”