A scheme to support businesses to improve their shop frontages is to get underway with an investment of £100,000.
Businesses in the Fountain Street/Bridge Street area of Antrim town centre will be eligible to receive funding to make improvements including to their façade, signage and shutters.
The Department for Communities (DfC) is investing £88,000, with a further £12,000 coming from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Paul Carr from DfC said: “The Department is making significant investments in Antrim town centre to support local businesses and the economy in the town. This further investment will complement the public realm improvements underway in the town and is a great opportunity for local businesses to improve the appearance of their premises, showcase the environment and encourage shoppers and visitors to spend time and money within the commercial core of Antrim town centre.”
The revitalise scheme is being managed by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, who are currently accepting applications from eligible businesses until 20 September 2019. More information on how to apply is available at the Council’s drop-in advice session at the Old Courthouse, Antrim between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday 17 September 2019.
The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Alderman John Smyth commented: “I am delighted and would like to thank the Department for Communities for their funding of £88,000, with a further £12,000 being contributed by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to the Fountain Street Antrim Revitalisation Scheme. This will support existing town traders in the development of their businesses and improve the attractiveness of shop frontages and enhance the visitor experience to Antrim. I welcome this initiative which builds upon successful regeneration and public realm schemes. The renovation of our town centres is a key priority for the Council to help sustain and grow vital services to our local community.”
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