Shop front grant scheme open for business

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Last Updated: 13 Feb 2020 2:23pm

Shops in rural and suburban areas of Tonbridge and Malling are being offered grants to give their stores a facelift.

The borough council run scheme provides up to £3,500 (amounting to no more than 50% of the total project cost) to spruce up storefronts and support local businesses with improvements signage, entrances and shop windows. It also offers help to improve insulation and energy efficiency.

The Local Centre and Parades Grant Scheme is open to independent food and retail businesses with priority given to those located in the following areas:

  • Aylesford (Greenacres Parade)
  • Burham, Wouldham and Eccles
  • Ditton (Woodlands Parade)
  • East Malling (High Street and Twisden Road)
  • Hildenborough
  • Leybourne (Oxley Shaw)
  • Plaxtol
  • Suburban Tonbridge (York Parade, Martin Hardie Way and Northwood Road)
  • Wateringbury

Local charity, Action with Communities in Rural Kent, is working closely with the Council to offer businesses help with the application process and give practical advice on design and layout.

This scheme follows the success of a similar scheme in Tonbridge and larger villages in 2019 which saw 21 businesses take part.

Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Nicolas Heslop says: “Last year’s scheme saw some impressive enhancements to shopfronts in our town and district centres and given the level of interest, it makes sense to extend a similar scheme to smaller communities. In line with the Council’s commitment to climate change I’m delighted we are including measures to improve energy efficiency within this new grant scheme. I urge shop owners to make the most of this opportunity to enhance their businesses and apply for a grant today.”

To apply to the Local Centres and Parades Grant Scheme please contact: economic.regeneration@tmbc.gov.uk