Shopfront grant scheme makes town a more attractive place

The Newton Fallowell estate agents in Bourne, which benefitted from South Kesteven District Council's shopfront scheme grant
The Newton Fallowell estate agents in Bourne, which benefitted from South Kesteven District Council's shopfront scheme grant
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Shopfronts in the town centre have received much-needed makeovers thanks to a district council scheme to improve the town.

South Kesteven District Council launched its shopfront grant scheme in 2011, targeted at businesses in Bourne and Grantham to help improve premises, while at the same time retaining and enhancing the character of the town.

So far, the district council has funded seven projects costing £22,653.

It also has four more in the pipeline, which will cost another £22,718.

District council’s portfolio for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “The shop front scheme is just one of a number of important initiatives to encourage more people to visit Bourne and help new and existing businesses to thrive.

“We have put money into these projects because we want to do all we can to support local businesses and as a result make Bourne a more attractive place to live and visit.

“The shopfront grant scheme has made a big difference to the appearance of the town and I am 
thrilled that local business owners have seized this opportunity.”

As part of the scheme, businesses could apply for up to 75 per cent of the costs of brightening up their shopfront, up to £20,000.

The money can be used for repairing or replacing shopfronts, repairing windows and doors, pointing or replacing signs and canopies.

Among the businesses to have taken advantage of the shopfront scheme is estate agents Newton Fallowell in North Street.

Director Chris Lett said: “I am very pleased with how the work has turned out.

“It has definitely improved the look of the shop and it stands out a lot more.

“I would encourage other people to take it up because it makes the whole area look better.”

The district council allocated £80,000 a year for four years for the scheme and is due to roll it out to Stamford and Market Deeping later this year.