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28th Nov, 2021

Grants up for grabs to give Lutterworth shops a facelift

SHOPS in Lutterworth are being offered a makeover.

Harborough District Council (HDC) is inviting shops in the district to apply for grants to improve their frontages, to spruce up shopping areas and attract more customers.

Retailers can apply to the council for grants, with the improvements funded through the ‘wider business support’ element of the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant.

Sharee Jones of Lutterworth Retail Forum said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses or landlords who need funding to help bring their frontages up to a high standard, and improve the overall look of the town centres and other locations.”

Jarrod Burke, Chair of Harbs Collective retailers group, said: “Harbs Collective is very supportive of this initiative. The historic character of the district factors in its uniqueness, which we want to keep whilst supporting these centres to stay vibrant and grow custom.”

HDC leader Coun Phil King said: “The appearance of the shop fronts plays a key role in the appeal of our district and can help to attract visitors to the interesting mix of what we have on offer. An attractive shopping area can encourage people to stay longer, to shop, eat, drink and meet and enjoy their leisure time.”

The council says priority will be given to applications which ‘make the most significant impact and benefit to the district’s historic environments’.

Funding cannot be applied for retrospectively, so projects should not have begun until an application is considered or approved.

Visit www.harborough.gov.uk/shopfront or email business@harborough.gov.uk for more information, or to apply.

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