Shop fronts set for spruce-up

by Jim Dunton Fri 3 January 2014, 2:00 pm

Around 80 borough retailers are expected to benefit from improved signage, lighting, and decorations after Ealing Council's cabinet agreed a £263,000 package of funding to make the businesses more attractive.

The  move, designed to increase footfall and improve the image of local shopping areas, will see up to £2,000 offered to each business, along with funding for design, planning and administration costs.

Selected traders will be expected to contribute up to £1,000 towards the makeovers themselves.

Council leader Julian Bell said the funding would be offered over the next three years and was part of the authority’s ongoing work to support local businesses and improve  the appearance of shopping parades.

“Ealing has some fantastic shops and I consider this money to be a sound investment in their future, and the future of our borough,” he said.

The council said that around 80 businesses had already taken part in an earlier incarnation of the spruce-up scheme, and that a recent survey had found that almost two thirds of those traders were reporting a “positive impact” on turnover.

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