The first cash from a £30,000 pot set aside by Erewash Borough Council to spruce up shopfronts has been handed out to local businesses.
Grants totalling £3,660 have been given to Truly Scrumptious, South Street, Dance-Rite, Queen Street, The Coffee House, Station Road, John’s News, Bath Street and Yeomans Outdoor, Bath Street.
The money is being handed out as part of the Ilkeston Shop Front Improvement Scheme.
The scheme – part of the council’s on-going drive to help regenerate the town centre – offers grants of up to £1,000 towards external work that will improve the appearance of shop fronts.
Cynthia Simpson, owner of The Coffee House, said: “We’ll be using the money to make repairs to the shop front and it will be re-painted as well.
“ We were really happy to be given the grant and it will really help out with the work.
“We’re having a local firm carry out the improvements as well so it will benefit more than just us.”
Priti Patel, owner of John’s News, added: “It’s great that we’ve been given the money.
“It’s work that we needed to get done so the grant will help us get it sorted out and give the shopfront a facelift.”
The council confirmed in the summer that it has £30,000 on offer and encouraged Ilkeston town centre businesses to apply for a grant to help with improvement work.
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, the council’s lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “Grants from the scheme will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and I would urge owners or tenants in Ilkeston town centre to take advantage of the funding to help improve or renovate their shop fronts.”
Businesses interested in applying for a grant can call 0115 907 2246 or visit www.erewash.gov.uk .