Thurrock Council helping shop fronts get a lot smarter

ACROSS Thurrock, shop owners and their customers are continuing to benefit from the Shop Front Improvement Scheme – introduced by the council in 2014.

13 successful applicants have already benefited from grants of up to £3,000 and another four are due to be completed soon.

Just last month, Fresh Property received a £3,000 grant to improve the shop front of their new premises on King Street, Stanford-le-Hope. Fresh is the seventh business in Stanford-le-Hope to receive a grant from the scheme.

Cllr Garry Hague was pleased to see the government commitment to local businesses. He said: “The Shop Front Improvement Scheme was set-up following the awarding of £100,000 to Thurrock Council from the High Street Innovation Fund, a project run by the Department for Communities and Local Government.”

Adding: “A total of £28,000 of the £100,000 available for grants has been spent so far – but we need more enterprises to come forward and take advantage.”

Shop owners can use the grant for external improvements, including new shop signs, shutters and windows.

Cllr Hague went on to add: “It is great for local business, the local economy and the morale of customers and residents to see new, attractive shop fronts in their high streets.”

Owner of Fresh Property, Julie Bell, said: “Thank you, Thurrock Council, for all your help. The new shop looks great and gives the business a much more professional look.”

Shop owners in Grays High Street, Aveley, Stanford-le-Hope, Socketts Heath and South Ockendon are eligible to apply for the grant.

For more information on the scheme – and how to begin the application process – go to: thurrock.gov.uk/shop-front-improvement

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