Facelifts of up to £15,000 are now on offer for shopfronts and businesses across the region – in a bid by Mid Suffolk District Council to rejuvenate our high streets.
Last summer Mid Suffolk District Council launched the Shop Front Grant Scheme to help refresh the high streets in Eye, Needham Market and Stowmarket.
The scheme has already helped several local retailers complete improvement work, updating their signage and external appearance.
Now, following feedback from businesses on the current scheme, the Council is expanding the scheme to also include grants for repairs and cosmetic improvements. Grants are also available to help improve access, for example grab handles, wheelchair ramps, doorbells and automatic doors.
Grants are available to businesses across Mid Suffolk District for shop front improvements, painting, and rainwater management repairs. For retailers and businesses in Eye, Needham Market and Stowmarket there are grant packages available offering grants up to 100% of costs, up to £15,000 depending on the works involved and location.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “We have been delighted to work with local businesses to help improve the appearance of their stores and our towns. It has been wonderful to see the difference our high street from what may appear to be small changes. All these works are part of our Vision for Prosperity programme of growth and investment in our local areas and benefit everyone. “
Cllr Gerard Brewster, Cabinet Member for the Economy said: “Town centres have had a tough time over the last 10 years. We have received over 40 enquiries from traders who throughout the Spring will make significant investments in their premises to make the towns look more attractive to shoppers. There is also a lot of planned streetworks that will complement the shop front investments and give the towns a cared-for look, which in turn makes people want to visit. “
Any business considering improvements to their shop front anywhere in Mid-Suffolk district should contact the Open For Business Team to discuss the assistance that may be available to them on 0300 1234 000, and press option 7 to speak to the operator.