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Business teamwork helps £10,000 retail makeover

Brandon has been given �10k after its failed Portas Pilot bid. Local businesses have come together to decide how the money should be spent.

Pictured: Jayne Holman, Lyn Sadler, Ann Davies, Lynn Paveley, Tracy Russell and Damien Shead

Brandon has been given �10k after its failed Portas Pilot bid. Local businesses have come together to decide how the money should be spent. Pictured: Jayne Holman, Lyn Sadler, Ann Davies, Lynn Paveley, Tracy Russell and Damien Shead

Brandon’s high street is set for a £10,000 facelift after businesses put their heads together to spend a Government grant.

The money will be split between four main projects, with the aim of improving the high street and exposing shoppers to what the town has to offer.

Transport provision will receive £3,000, to help retired residents access the town.

Around £2,000 will be spent on ‘softening’ the high street, with hanging baskets and improved street furniture among planned projects.

Two thousand pounds will be spent on a marketing campaign, called ‘Brandon is brilliant’.

The final £3,000 will go on a retail enhancement scheme, including shop makeovers and equipment.

It is hoped that other agencies will match the funding.

Joanne Rogers, town centre manager for Forest Heath District Council, said high street businesses had been meeting regularly to discuss how the money should be used.

“They’ve come up with some excellent ideas and even though it’s not much money, it’s been a great catalyst for getting people to work together,” she said.

The money was handed over by the Department for Communities for Local Government after the town put in a bid for a share of the £1.2million Portas Pilot scheme.

 

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