Friday, 20 October 2017

Shops given grants to improve frontages

SIX shops in Henley have been given grants of between £500 and £2,000 to improve their premises.

SIX shops in Henley have been given grants of between £500 and £2,000 to improve their premises.

The shopfront improvement scheme was introduced by town centre manager Peter McConnell to make the town look more attractive. Businesses have to match the money they receive.

The shops to receive grants so far are Bagatelle Toys and the Bell Bookshop, both in Bell Street, Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street, Cannelle Beauty in Hart Street, Henley Cycles in Reading Road and the Upstairs Downstairs tea shop, which is due to open in Duke Street.

There is still about £3,000 left for other traders who want to join the scheme. Mr McConnell said: “There is a small pot of funding left and I’m encouraging more people to come on board. I think the scheme has been a success. Some shopkeepers have been very thankful and I believe the town council is minded to fund it again next year, which would be fantastic.”

Seven businesses have also been given window dressing training by retail group Metamorphosis as part of the Dressed for Success campaign.

They are the Henley Pet Shop, Henley Pharmacy and Manzana Shoes in Bell Street, Laurence Menswear and Estilo clothing in Duke Street, Rive Gauche in Hart Street and Henley Cycles.

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