January 3, 2015
Burnham firms sign up for £25,000 scheme to improve shopfronts

Sixteen traders have signed up to join a £25,000 scheme to improve the appearance of shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, it has emerged at a council meeting.

The 'Business Frontage Improvement Grant Scheme' is being targeted at independent retail, commercial properties and owners of vacant retail units in Burnham town centre.

It is designed to encourage repairs, renovations and enhancements to business frontages to enhance the appearance of the town centre.

Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds told "There has been a good level of interest from traders - we have sixteen signed up at the moment."

"Shop fronts and business frontages are the most clearly visible part of a building’s façade and they make a big impact on the appearance of the town centre. They contribute to people's first impression of the town and their condition can affect the town's image, either positively or negatively."

We reported the scheme had launched last month and is being run by the Town Council with funds from a pot of £440,000 from Tesco to offset its store expansion plus cash from the council and former South West Regional Development Agency.

The scheme is currently open for applications. There are two grants available. The first option will provide up to 50% of the costs of eligible repairs and improvements to shop fronts, up to a maximum grant of £5,000. The minimum amount of grant funding available is £2,500, so the minimum value of works eligible for a grant will be £5,000. The maximum grant available is £5,000, so the maximum value of works eligible for grant will be £10,000. Option two provides a maximum one-off grant of up to £1,000. There is no minimum value of works.

Applications will close on 28th February 2015, or when all the funds have been allocated. Guidance notes are available to help traders understand the aims of the scheme and these, plus application forms, are available from the Town Centre Manager at


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