Argyll and Bute Council’s agreement with the Waitrose Development in Helensburgh makes £140,000 available for shopfront improvements
Argyll and Bute Council is inviting local businesses in Helensburgh to apply for funding to improve the appearance of their shopfronts.
£140,000 is available for shopfront improvements within the Helensburgh Town Centre boundary area, funded through the council’s Section 75 agreement with Drum Development, who developed the Waitrose site.
The scheme is a two-stage one, with the deadline for Stage 1 applications being Friday 28th February 2014. Following this these initial applications will be assessed in March, with notifications to those who have been progressed to Stage 2 in April
The deadline for Stage 2 applications will be Friday 29tht August 2014, with these applications being evaluated in September and a final decision being made in October.
Successful applicants will need to have the work completed and the funds drawn down by March 2016.
This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to access funds to improve the appearance of their premises.
Argyll and Bute Council is committed to helping local businesses in Helensburgh to protect and enhance the historic character of their town centre, as well as addressing the needs of shopkeepers.
The council feels that it is important to develop a town centre’s individuality, to create a local identity and a sense of place, something that local people can be proud of.
This is the central aim of the overall Helensburgh CHORD project, which has already seen huge improvements to West Clyde Street and, with the Phase 2 beginning in the New Year, will see Colquhoun Square transformed.
The shopfront enhancement initiative is a key component of the wider project. The benefits of shopfront enhancement has already been seen in some of Argyll and Bute’s other key towns, such as Campbeltown and Rothesay.
Policy Lead for Special Projects, Councillor Ellen Morton, said, ‘’I would encourage local businesses to apply to the fund. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a little bit of extra help towards shop frontage improvements, which can be very expensive’’
‘’The council is committed to transforming Helensburgh, as well as our other major towns, and the shopfront enhancement initiative is a key part of that. It’s amazing the difference some professional work can make to the appearance of shops.’’
Local businesses can collect applications forms and guidance notes by calling the Shopfront’s Enquiry line on 01546 604 320 from the 13th January 2014 or by downloading the forms from the Helensburgh CHORD page
If you completed an Expression of Interest form you will automatically receive an Application Pack early in the New Year.
These completed forms should be returned to the Helensburgh CHORD Project Office, 1 East Princes Street, Helensburgh G 84 7QF by the 28th February 2014.
For further information please contact the Shopfront’s Enquiry line on 01546 604 320 from 13th January 2014.