MORE than £650k has been invested in improving the appearance of commercial premises across the borough.
Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, launched the Pride of Place building grants scheme in 2017 and so far 109 businesses have benefited.
Mr Starkie said: “The difference this scheme has brought to the appearance of business premises in the borough is phenomenal.
“It’s evident that this funding was much needed by the number of applications we received and the fact that more than 100 premises in the borough have been revitalised.
“We understand that some high street businesses are struggling in the current economy and we want to do everything in our power to invest in our local economy and high streets.
“We have more than 100 businesses here that may not have been able to make vital improvements to business premises without these grants.
“We’re thrilled with the visual improvements that the scheme has made to premises right across the borough and thank everyone involved, including our officers, who worked tirelessly with local businesses to make Copeland a better place to live, work and visit.”
The scheme, which is now closed for applications, encouraged businesses to apply for up to £5,000 for improvements to shopfronts, windows and frames, doorways, external decoration and signage.
Grants were awarded for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the works, which meant that businesses were required to invest in their premises to match-fund the grant.
The scheme is part of the Council’s Pride of Place campaign, which encourages residents and businesses to take pride in their borough and work towards making Copeland a better place to live, work and visit.
Building grant recipients include
Whitehaven: Rio's Barber, Humbug Sweet Shop, Guise, Kingdom Hair Studio, Richardson's Wine Shop, Queen Street Dental Clinic, Flower Basket, Bella Vita Beauty, Sporthouse, Kinsella's, Rack Shack, Subway, Whitehaven Launderette, Tutis Foster Care, Oriental Garden, PFK, Mirabilia Hair, Sportzone, Shakers, Whitehaven Fish Bar Ltd, Senhouse Centre, Whitehaven Community Trust, Fotomax, The Vine, Dixons, Savvy, Printpoint, Seven, La Chic, Seville Barbers, Waverley Hotel, Samaritans, Mansion House B&B, Corner Deli, Bakewell House, Castle Knights Bar, Frasers Of Whitehaven, Georgian House Hotel, Hair Supplies, Happy Haven, HFT Gough & Co, Hospice at Home, La Venue, Marchon Club, Pelican Garage, Snecklifter Public House, Station Garage North, Station Garage South, TechWorld, The Harbour Master, The Rum Story, The Strand, Billy McGrady’s, Diamond Nails, Union Hall, Whitehaven Community Trust Hostel, 46/47 King Street, 11 Market Place, 1-2 King Street, 79 King Street.
Millom: Cambridge House Hotel, Stag's Gents Hair Salon, Citizens Advice Bureau, Pet Shop, Deano's Plaice, Millom Workies, Pelleymounters, Curry Spice, The Hair Gallery, Mind Charity Shop, PGM Building Supplies, Beggars Theatre, Bed Shop, Home & Sole, PowerWorld, Mr Wok's Thai Orchid, Chiropodist, Richmond Fellowship, Post Office, Horn Hill Dental Practice, Global Travel, Conservative Club, Wharton's Garage, Wooly Babies, AW Milligan & Sons, Units 1 and 2 Midland Chambers.
Egremont: Star Take-Away, Unique You, Royal British Legion, Spuds & Co, Fraser's Fish & Chips, Heritage Centre, 57 Main Street.
Cleator Moor: Town Council Building, Blush Beauty, Moor Sports, Commercial, Graphskill, 14 High Street, 77 High Street, 22 and 23 High Street.
Other: Black Beck Hotel, Summergrove, Ennerdale Brewery, 54 Main Street – Distington, Miners Arms, Haverigg Post Office, Tracey Telfer Fitness, Woodalls Butchers, Pelleymounters – Seascale.