Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Great Yarmouth Borough Council agrees grants to help improve shopfronts

Written by  David Wiles
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Great Yarmouth Borough Council agrees grants to help improve shopfronts

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed grants totalling £52,000 to improve town centre frontages over the last 18 months – and businesses and social enterprises are urged to apply soon if they wish to secure some of the remaining funds.  

Under the Town Centre Shopfront Improvement Scheme, eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 to help fund shopfront renovation, decoration, new signage and/or replacement of historic features, in Great Yarmouth town centre. 

Through five funding rounds over the last 18 months, the council has approved 23 grant applications totalling £52,360, including £19,840 during the last funding round alone, helping to accelerate and unlock investment in frontages.

With only £16,000 now left in the grant pot, eligible businesses and social enterprises are encouraged to get in touch soon, or risk missing out on a grant. Applicants must cover at least 25 per cent of the total cost themselves.

The scheme supports the council’s wider Town Centre Masterplan, which aims to enhance the historic town centre for the 21st century as a destination where more people choose to live, work, invest and spend their leisure time and money.  

One recent successful applicant is The Bag Shop, in Regent Road, which was granted about £1,840 to help replace shopfront signage and fit large entrance doors, as part of a wider investment that has seen them completely refurbish and fit out their new base.

The Bag Shop was one of the businesses displaced by the major fire at the indoor market, during August 2016, and has kept operating on their stall on the two-day market, returning to Regent Road this spring when a suitable unit became available.     

Co-owner Alan Pitt said: “Things are going really well. Without the grant, we would’ve probably just had plain doors and we wouldn’t have been able to afford to have the branding. That makes a big difference, especially when people are walking down the street. I would highly recommend the grant scheme. It’s a simple process, the council staff have been very helpful, and it has enabled us to do things we wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.”

Another successful applicant is Gillian Harwood, of London-based Lewes Workspace Ltd, which is planning to renovate, as a business hub, an empty historic building in Queen Street, at an estimated investment of more than £100,000. The council has approved up to £3,000 towards suitable and costed improvements to the building’s façade.

She said: “We are very pleased with this most welcome grant. We hope that our investment in Great Yarmouth will encourage both exciting new businesses to grow and existing businesses to enjoy the facilities too. We are very impressed by the hard work and vision of the borough council in their improvement plans and, hopefully, we can show what can be done to make a difference.” 

Cllr Barry Coleman, chairman of the economic development committee, said: “We have seen some really great applications from a range of businesses, and the grants have made a genuine difference through incentivising private sector investment and supporting our wider work to boost the town centre and economy for everyone’s benefit. 

“Through this scheme, I am particularly pleased the council has been able to further help some of the businesses which were affected by the major fire, and also to support exciting aspirations and works at some historic buildings. While we still have some money left in the pot, we encourage eligible applicants to submit their forms as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

Application forms, guidance and a map showing the area covered by the scheme are available by visiting www.enterprisegy.co.uk/shop-front, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling enterpriseGY on 0800 458 0146. 

Last modified on Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:10

Related items

  • Awards presented to winners of Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018

    TOP businesses stepped into the spotlight at the glittering trophy presentation ceremony for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough.

    Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing companies, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy.  

    The ceremony, held in the Town Hall’s grand Assembly Room on Friday, saw API Microelectronics Limited announced in front of 200 guests as Great Yarmouth’s 2018 Business of the Year, having been chosen from the winners of the other categories by overall award sponsor Noritake Itron. Special crystal trophies were also presented to the winners of the various categories, with finalists spanning a wide diversity of sectors, including energy and manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, retail, recruitment and professional services. Each award was backed by a local organisation, with each sponsor or their representative choosing the winner in their category (see list of sponsors and winners below).

  • Heritage Open Days

    Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Here in Norfolk, the local 2016 festival brochure is available from Monday 1 August, bursting with over 200 hidden places and heritage events just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September

    The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county and booking opens on Monday 1 August. Brochures will be available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The full programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online from Monday via www.heritageopendays.org.uk

  • Tourism businesses supporting the local economy

    Barry Phillips and his wife Margaret, from St Ives in Cambridgeshire, have been visiting Great Yarmouth for holidays and day trips for 40 years. Barry, who was in the market for a new car, browsed round Great Yarmouth showrooms during his last holiday in September and was so impressed with the customer service at Thurlow Nunn, that he drove home in a new Astra. Tourism businesses like Vauxhall Holiday Park and Cherry Tree Holiday Park also support the local economy with vehicle leasing and servicing.

  • Matt Roberts concludes 500k Charity Run

    Matt Roberts has concluded his 500k charity run from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth. His run benefited two charities: Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, and Sussex-based children’s hospice the Chestnut Tree House.

    Mr Roberts was welcomed on his arrival to Aberystwyth by Ceredigion's Member of Parliament Mark Williams, Chief Executive of Nelson's Journey Simon Wright, and family and friends.

  • Greater Yarmouth’s First Pumpkinanza
    Celebrate everything pumpkin in Greater Yarmouth, during October half term, with the borough’s first Pumpkinanza, supported by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA).
     
    There’s a special pumpkin trail (October 31 and November 1), pumpkin carving competition (October 28) and fireworks on the seafront (October 28), along with extra pumpkin fun and Halloween events and activities at businesses throughout the borough, from October 24 to November 1