shopfront grant scheme boosts Burnham-On-Sea town centre
£25,000 grant scheme that funded renovations and improvements
to shop fronts in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has helped sixteen
businesses get a fresh new look.
Burnham Businesses Frontage Improvement Grant scheme, operated
by the Town Council's Town Centre Manager, pictured, has
been completed this month.
of up to £5,000 were offered to independent retail, commercial
properties and owners of vacant retail units, funded from a combined
work package amounting to £440,000 from Tesco to offset
the expansion of its Burnham store, plus cash from the Town Council
and Sedgemoor District Council.
grant scheme saw 41 businesses requesting information packs, 17
applying for grants and 16 being granted.
Street opticians David Bull Optometrists was among the recipients.
Onwer David Bull says the grant made a big difference to make
the premises more attractive. "This has already led to many
positive and complimentary comments from both existing clients
and those who have been attracted by our shop window displays,"
Lin of recently-launched Calm Coffee Bar in the High Street added:
"The grant has been extremely beneficial to Calm Coffee Bar's
start-up process. It has allowed me to complete all the things
I wanted to pre-launch such as interior and exterior design work
rather than waiting as the business grew. It has really helped
kick start the business the way I envisioned."
"The grant gave me extra flexibility with my cash flow, freeing
up capital so that I could direct more funds to the major and
minor design work, branding and furnishings. This greatly helped
me to set-up Calm Coffee Bar as I had planned a gourmet coffee
bar for people to enjoy high quality coffee, and healthy food
Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke, who chaired the council committee that
approved the funding, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's good
to see this grant scheme benefitting these businesses and tidying
up the town for holidaymakers and residents alike."
who benefitted in this opening round of funding were: Ritz Cinema,
Victoria Street; Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street; Toycupboard,
Pier Street; Calm Gourmet Café, High Street; 25 High Street;
Kyffins, Victoria Street; Central Hair Studios, Abingdon Street;
Enhance, High Street; Inspirations, High Street; David Bull, High
Street; Seafoods, High Street; Chatterbox, Victoria Street; 34
High Street; Old Lifeboat Building, Victoria Street; Town and
Country, Victoria Street; and Poples Electrical, Victoria Street.
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told the latest Town Projects
Committee meeting that she's seeking further external funds to
continue the scheme because many more businesses have come forward
looking for support.
spokesman from Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade added: "We've
supported this scheme from its very inception over two years ago
and are very pleased to see Burnham's shops and businesses benefitting
while at the same time smartening up our town centre for the benefit