Louth County Council’s Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme extended

Louth County Council’s Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme extended

Louth County Council’s Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme has been extended for 2017.

The scheme was first implemented by the local authority last year as part of their suite of business incentives. The scheme allows local retailers and business owners in Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda to do up their shop fronts.

Now due to the popularity of the grants, Louth County Council has decided to extend the initiative.

Amongst the projects carried out already as a result of the scheme include the restoration of traditional shop fronts, the repainting of shop fronts and the moving of security shutters inside a premises.

As well as attracting more custom to a business, a new shop front also improves the general aesthetic look of the county’s three main towns.

Louth County Council said that shop fronts are one of the most important elements in determining the character, quality and perception of retail streets in our towns and it is hoped to promote good quality shop fronts through this initiative. To help businesses achieve this, Louth County Council has also published a Shop Front Design Guidelines booklet.

Mary T Daly of Louth County Council explained: ‘It is hoped that this initiative will continue to help enhance shop fronts in the town and alongside the Small Business Support Scheme and New Business Incentive Scheme, assist existing retailers and attract new businesses back into the town centres.”

The Council would encourage business owners who are thinking about carrying out works to take advantage of the grants available. The application form is easy to complete and the qualifying criteria straightforward.

Details of the scheme are available on www.louthcoco.ie or you can request the design guidelines and application form by emailing: shopfrontgrant@louthcoco.ie

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