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Shops' facelift from share of £8k fund

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

By Colin Gregory

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RETAIL premises in Newquay are being offered the chance for a shopfront facelift thanks to £8,000 of funding secured by the Town Team.

The money forms a significant part of the £10,000 which was awarded to the Town Team in 2012.

It was given in response to the their application to become one of the UKs 12 'Portas Pilot' towns, in a Government-backed initiative to regenerate retail areas and high streets through community-led projects.

The Town Team is made up of representatives from the Newquay BID and Newquay Town Council, as well as local businesses, residents and community organisations.

One of 371 applications from towns across the country, the team won the substantial sum to assist with the projects that they felt would make a difference to Newquay's high street, and were made Town Team Partners, with access to resources and workshops on invigorating and improving town centres.

Through the Newquay Shop Front Improvement Grant scheme, the Town Team can offer up to £250 per retail business for refurbishments and visual improvements to the outside of retail properties in the area.

This could fund a new shop front, better signage, or even a simple paint job depending on individual requirements.

The grant is available to local property owners, tenants and businesses in Newquay town centre from Monday of this week on a first come, first served basis, so it's essential that businesses register their interest as soon as possible.

Log on, download and complete the expression of interest application form at www.newquaybid.co.uk

Eve Wooldridge, BID manager, said: "The aim of the scheme is to help regenerate the retail sector by upgrading the frontage of shops, thereby providing a more pleasant environment for both local residents and visitors as well as brightening up our town centre.

"We are targeting properties with shopfronts that are in the greatest need for improvement and that will bring about a significant positive impact to the area."

Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Central, said: "I am delighted that so many of our town centre retail businesses will be able to take advantage of this funding.

"It not only provides much needed grant aid to local retailers and improves the visual appearance of our town centres but it also has an important secondary impact on the local economy.

"Local painters and DIY suppliers will also gain from this grant helping to boost the economy in Newquay.

"I hope that as a result more people visit our town to shop and to enjoy their refreshed appearances."

For more information on this scheme and whether your retail businesses qualifies, contact Eve Wooldridge, BID manager on eve.wooldridge@newquaybid.co.uk

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