A GRAYS shop owner is pleased with a grant he received which has made his store “much more visible”.
The grants – of up to Â£3,000 – have been extended to Grays and Damar Carpets was the first to take advantage of the scheme in the town.
Owner, Dave Walker, said: “The new sign has already made a great difference, the shop is much more visible and new customers have come in just because of the sign.”
Damar is a family-run business, which has operated in Grays High Street for over a quarter of a century, and changed its business model to serve customers more efficiently before recently rebranding with the new sign.
Grays ward councillor and Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “Damar has been a fixture in the town for over 30 years and it is really good to see how the council has been able to help the business in this way.
“Grays is definitely on the up with the sale of The State, the new businesses coming to the Magistrates’ Court and the college bringing in more trade.
“I would urge more of our small businesses in the town – and elsewhere in the borough – to look and how Thurrock Council can help them too.”
The Shop Front Improvement Scheme is a grant of up to Â£3,000 towards external improvements to shop fronts. Damar Carpets, is the first Grays-based business to benefit, receiving a grant of Â£1,820 for the new sign.
A new business in Garron Lane, South Ockendon also used the grant to help them set up their business in the area. Sunny Cutz Barbers Academy was awarded a grant of Â£1,725 cover repair costs to install their new shop front.
The scheme is available to existing independent businesses and owners of vacant units that are located within the following central retail areas: Aveley, Grays town centre, Socketts Heath, South Ockendon, and Stanford-le-Hope.
For more information or to apply for a grant, go to thurrock.gov.uk/shopfront