Applications open for Business Improvement Grants

4th January 2018

Would you like a Grant to help improve the appearance of your Business Premises?

Through the scheme you may be eligible for up to £1000 in matched-funding to help you undertake improvement works to your premises. You will be expected to pay at least the same amount of your own money towards the entire project.

Works could include painting, repair work, improved signage, weather proofing, lighting or any other work to the external frontage of your premises. You must be able to demonstrate that your proposal will have a positive impact on the wider trading area and not be of sole benefit to your business.

The funding available for this scheme is limited with applications accepted at any time until funds for the year have been exhausted. Funding will be offered on a first come serve basis but preference will be offered to applications able to demonstrate the highest positive impact to the wider area.

We will consider anything that improves the look of the city centre, the shop frontages, their decoration or cleanliness. In fact anything that makes our streets more pleasant places for visitors to walk, work, and shop in. It's about adding value and keeping the streets looking better.

You are encouraged to discuss your application with a member of the BID team prior to submitting your application. This will help us to ensure we fully understand what you are trying to achieve and enable us to confirm if there is still funding available within the current year.

To be considered at the next Improvements Sub Group meeting applications should be submitted by 31st January 2018.

For an informal discussion about your application please contact Tom Fyson, BID Development Manager on 01524 590650 or

Application form, including guidance notes, can be found here


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