Councils launch shop front painting scheme for independent businesses in West Suffolk

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Councils in West Suffolk have launched a grant initiative for independent buinesses towards the cost of repainting the front of their shop or premises.

Forest Heath district and St Edmundsbury borough councils, which recently adopted a shop fronts guide, are now running a shop front painting scheme.

Businesses can apply for up to 75 per cent of the costs of repainting the front of their premises.

The scheme is available on a first come first served basis and is subject to terms and conditions including a maximum grant of £500 per applicant.

Cllr David Bowman, Forest Heath cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: “A lick of paint could make the difference between whether someone simply passes by or discovers your business, opens the door and puts money in your till.”

Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “A good shop front adds interest to the street scene – a bad one detracts from its neighbouring businesses.” Contact Natasha Brockett, economic growth officer on 01638 719285 or email Natasha.brockett@westsuffolk.gov.uk