Test Valley Borough Council is celebrating awarding its tenth Independent Retailer Grant, meaning a total of £10,000 has been awarded to small businesses in the borough since the scheme started in 2013.
The Independent Retailer Grant is designed to attract independent retailers into vacant shop units in Andover and Romsey town centres. The £1,000 fund is complemented by additional benefits such as membership of the British Independent Retailer Association.
Bronya Seifert of The Daisy Cake Company, Romsey, was the tenth recipient of the grant. She opened her shop earlier this year when she moved back to Hampshire after spending several years in London.
Economic Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Giddings, said: “We have now presented ten Independent Retailer Grants to businesses across the borough which proves that the scheme continues to attract retailers into our towns. The grant was introduced to encourage businesses to occupy vacant premises and boost the local economy. I am pleased that the grant is helping to achieve that aim and has supported so many retailers. I look forward to presenting many more business grants in the future.”
Recipients of the Independent Retailer Grant are awarded with £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 after nine months. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month. Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes.
For more information about the Independent Retailer Grant and the other business grants available from Test Valley Borough Council, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk.