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Last chance for Copeland businesses to get help to upgrade their premises

Published on: Thursday 16th August 2018

Time is running out for businesses to upgrade their premises at a fraction of the cost.

More than £300,000 has been invested in 57 businesses in Copeland as part of Copeland Borough Council’s building grants scheme, and there is less than a month left to apply.

Businesses can apply for up to £5,000 for improvements to shopfronts, windows and frames, doorways, external decoration and signs. The closing date for applications is September 1.

The authority has received 225 enquires from Copeland businesses so far.

The scheme is open to commercial premises in the borough, except industrial estates, business parks and sports clubs.

Mike Starkie, Copeland mayor, pledged £500,000 to the scheme, launched in July 2017.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to upgrade their premises for a fraction of the cost.

“We all want to see our local economy flourishing and we understand that some businesses may struggle to upgrade their premises without assistance.

“It is imperative that we support local businesses in any way we can and improving the visual aspect of our towns and villages is key to encouraging visitors and residents to our high streets and making Copeland a better place to live, work and visit.”

Image: Mike Starkie, Copeland mayor.

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