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5th Jul, 2022

Council helping small businesses

SMALL businesses in Stratford are being encouraged to spruce up their shops with the help of a grant.

Stratford District Council are offering a helping hand to local shops and businesses with grants of up to £500 towards enhancing or promoting their business ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 3.

The scheme is open to applications from shops and businesses within the district, but does not include those in Stratford, Shipston, Alcester and Southam.

Priority will be given to applications from smaller rural locations that have not had the benefit of previous funding schemes and initiatives.

Coun Dave Riches, spokesman for enterprise, said: “The district council hopes that small business in rural areas of the district will take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity to help ‘spruce up their shop fronts’ in readiness for this year’s ‘Small Business Saturday’.

“Small changes can have a significant impact on businesses, whether it be a lick of paint, new lighting, promotional materials or even a new till, all of which can help to increase footfall.”

The deadline for applications is November 18. Visit www.stratford.gov.uk/shopfrontgrant to apply.

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