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A NEW £2 million scheme has been launched by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to breathe life into town centres.

The High Street Support Scheme will provide grant funding for existing businesses and support new businesses to set up in our town centres and create jobs.

Town centre businesses in Redcar, Eston, Loftus, Guisborough and Saltburn can lodge an expression of interest for funding, which they are expected to match, for improvement works including:

  • shop frontage works such as replacement windows or signage
  • fittings for existing businesses such as service counters and waiting areas etc
  • improve security with alarms, CCTV or shutters etc
  • enhance to upper floors on our high streets to bring them back into business use
  • provide financial support for new businesses to bring vacant units back into use.

One company bidding for funding is Redcar-based The Junction Foundation, which works with young people to improve employment prospects and independence, enhance emotional wellbeing and support young people who care for family members.

Lawrence McAnelly, Chief Executive of The Junction Foundation, said:  “The Junction is proud of our beginnings in Station Road and committed to contributing to being an active and visible part of the local community. 

“Last year we were able to show our long term commitment to the area by purchasing our building on Station Road, through a Social Investment Loan.  Now we can really focus on the future, creating opportunities for young people and the support of a High Street Support Scheme grant will really help us to realise our ambitions for young people, The Junction and Redcar and Cleveland.”

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, commented: “We know high streets need support all over the country so we’re committed to supporting ours to thrive.

“The High Street Support Scheme will provide vital help for our businesses throughout the Borough by providing match-funded grants to carry out physical improvements to business premises in our town centres.

“Any local shop or business looking to improve security, fittings or make the outside look more appealing should get in touch and see how we can help.”

Businesses interested in lodging an expression of interest should call Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Economic Growth Service on 01642 444494 or email: placeinvestment@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk.

The High Street Support Scheme is supported by the SSI Task Force.

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