Published November 30, 2015 at 10:17
Shopkeepers and traders in Haslingden town centre are encouraged to take advantage of a new scheme, launched by Rossendale Borough Council, to support traders to carry out improvement work to their shops.
Under the new scheme, traders will be able to apply for grants of up to £2000 to improve the appearance of their shops.
50% grants will be available to shop and business owners within a defined boundary in the town centre, with the balance to be paid by the shop or business owner.
Rossendale Borough Council has provided £100,000 of funding through Haslingden Task Force to provide a catalyst to develop regeneration initiatives in Haslingden, including the shop front improvement scheme.
Cllr Alyson Barnes, who chairs Haslingden Task Force said “The idea for the shop front improvement scheme came out of discussions with Task Force members and we hope that by supporting local businesses to make improvements to their shops it will contribute to the regeneration of Haslingden and encourage more visitors to the town.”
Andrea Britland from Dearden Tea Rooms and Chair of Haslingden Traders Group said; ”There are lots of great, local shops in Haslingden and this is a great opportunity for local traders to work together through the scheme to really make a difference to the appearance of their shops and businesses and the town centre as a whole.”
Expression of Interest Forms for the scheme have been distributed to businesses in Haslingden town centre. Forms are also available from Rossendale Borough Council Regeneration Team and businesses have until 22 January 2016 to return the forms with details of works they would like to undertake.