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New year make over available for Shops and Businesses across Torridge - Businesses should apply now!

 Beautification Scheme Phase 2 Before and After Portrait

 Beautification Scheme Phase 2 Before and After Portrait

Launch of phase 2 of Town Beautification scheme

The start of the new year is bringing opportunities for a new year makeover for shops and businesses in town centres across Torridge, with a grants scheme for structural or decorative improvements. Following on from last year's successful town centre beautification scheme the new funding pot will once again be offering small grants to businesses on a matched funding basis. In 2023 the scheme was focused on town centres and distributed nearly £18k across 24 applications brightening up shop and business frontages, including the reoccupation of three empty premises, creating five new jobs.

In round 2 there will also be an opportunity for submissions from the gateways into town centres to ensure that the approach is also appealing, as well as the town centre itself. The money for the scheme will once again be provided through the government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund and will be limited to capital improvements up to maximum grant of £1000 with a 50:50 match funding arrangement.

The project is aimed at encouraging the creation of more attractive towns and enhance their character and appeal while increasing footfall. Encouraging new businesses and projects to occupy currently redundant units is another aim of the scheme. Examples of the type of work businesses might consider includes the possible replacement of shop windows and doors, new signage, painting of shop fronts, replacing gutters and downpipes, and other refurbishments.

The launch date for the scheme has been announced as the 10th of January 2024 with a deadline of noon on Wednesday the 7th of February for the receipt of applications. Any business within the town centres will be eligible to apply, but projects will need to fit in with the local aesthetics of the area and take into consideration other aspects such as conservation areas. If successful projects must be completed by the end of July 2024.

Councillor Bob Hicks - Lead Member for the Economy said: 

"It was very pleasing to see such a large number of businesses benefit under the previous scheme and the difference this has already made to our town centres. By opening the scheme up to gateways leading into town centres the opportunity is now more widely available this time around. The rejuvenation scheme provides business owners with an excellent opportunity to start a new project or take on a bigger scheme that they might be struggling to finance. I would urge business to take note of some of the success stories announced previously and see how their own businesses could benefit."

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  1. Premises must be located in towns in Torridge: Bideford, Northam, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Great Torrington or Holsworthy
  2. Business units must have a ground floor and street facing frontage to be eligible.
  3. This scheme will only be available to independent businesses that are already occupying premises or who have a signed lease to take up occupation of a premises.
  4. Residential properties are excluded from the scheme.
  5. Applications submitted by Agents or Consultants will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted by the applicant.
  6. Previous recipients of the first round of beautification grants will not be considered for grant funding at this time.
  7. If successful, the project to be completed by the end of July 2024

For more information please contact Kirsty Defranceski (Town Centre Project Officer) at Torridge District Council on 01237 428919 or email if you would like to discuss the scheme further. 

The application deadline is Wednesday 7th February 2024 at 12pm, with successful applicants being notified by Wednesday 14th of February 2024. 

10th January 2024

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