The Town Team is overwhelmed by the positive response that it has had to the Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme. Within two weeks of the scheme being unveiled, Newquay BID has received over thirty-six applications for the funding totalling £8,000 and is still receiving further applications.
The money forms a significant part of the £10,000 which was awarded to the Town Team in 2012. It was given in response to the their application to become one of the UKs Twelve ‘Portas Pilot’ towns, in a Government-backed initiative to regenerate retail areas and high streets through community-led projects. The Town Team is made up of representatives from the Newquay BID and Newquay Town Council, as well as local businesses, residents and community organ
The applicants had to submit information about how the money would be spent and include a photograph of the how the premises currently looks. The aim of the scheme was to help regenerate the retail sector by upgrading the frontage of shops thereby providing a more pleasant environment for local residents and visitors as well as brightening up our town centre.isations.
Eve Wooldridge, BID Manager said: “we have had such an amazing response and it’s encouraging to see so many businesses investing in their shops fronts. Through this scheme as a town centre we will have invested in over £33 000 into updating and refreshing the shops fronts ahead of the summer season. We are now working closely with the businesses to ensure the works are completed and they claim the contribution that they have applied for”.
The Town Team is now discussing with Newquay in Bloom on how best to allocate the remaining funding to ensure that some of gateways into the Town Centre are upgraded visually.
Damian Rowe, Owner of Newquay Camping said: “I am delighted that we have been able to access this funding. During the winter our facia and signage took a bit of a battering and this has given us the much needed opportunity to be able to get this fixed before our footfall increases. The funding has also meant that the return on our BID levy is excellent and all the other services that we access this year are a bonus”
If you have missed out on this grant, and are a retail premise that is undergoing refurbishment, please contact the BID office to be added to the reserve list should any additional funding become available. Please contact: Eve Wooldridge, BID Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org