Councillor encourages applications for Retail Improvement Scheme Councillor encourages applications for Retail Improvement Scheme
Renfrewshire Council has opened the application process for the Retail Improvement Scheme. Grants will be available for commercial premises in established retail areas throughout... Councillor encourages applications for Retail Improvement Scheme

Renfrewshire Council has opened the application process for the Retail Improvement Scheme.

Grants will be available for commercial premises in established retail areas throughout Renfrewshire. Qualifying premises include shops, cafes, restaurants and public houses, financial and professional service providers and tourism and leisure facilities.

The grants can help

Applications that comply with the guidelines will be considered in September 2018. All eligible applications will be considered at this time, and a decision made based on the scoring matrix. Applications must be submitted before the end of August 2018.

All projects must be completed in accordance with the approved grant scheme and relevant statutory consent(s), and evidence that they have been invoiced, paid and receipted must be provided, prior to 31th March 2019.

Kenny MacLaren, SNP Councillor for Paisley Northwest is encoruaging businesses to put in applications, he said: “The Retail Improvement Grant has helped many local businesses improve not only their shopfronts but also the appearance of our local retail areas.”

“The grant is calculated at the sole discretion of Renfrewshire Council but can be up to 70% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £1,000 and a maximum of £8,000.

“The Retail Improvement Scheme aims to encourage a high standard of physical improvements to the fronts of properties in retail areas in Renfrewshire.

“Grant funding is available to assist qualifying occupiers to carry out a range of improvements.”

Applicants are invited to contact both the council’s Development Management team at dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk and the Building Standards team at bc@renfrewshire.gov.uk at the earliest possible opportunity for initial advice on their proposals.