A £1,000 hello for setting up in empty shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton

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Three businesses have opened in Long Eaton and Ilkeston after being helped through a scheme to bring empty shops back into use.

The £1,000 Golden Hello grant helps businesses move into empty retail premises in the centres of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre.

The regeneration scheme is run by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, which manages the scheme on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.

Successful applicants have received £500 as an incentive and will get a similar amount after 10 weeks of trading.

Casey Foster-Miles, who is a partner in Deakin & White, has opened a traditional barber’s at Queen Street, Ilkeston, in what used to be a dance clothing shop. He has already employed an assistant. He used the grant for signage and equipment.

Casey, who has been in the trade for 10 years, said: “The scheme has been a great help.”

Sam Bailey has opened Lilly B’s coffee shop and takeaway on Derby Road, Long Eaton. She sells freshly- ground coffee from a Brazilian microgrower, sandwiches, snacks and takeway breakfasts.

Also on Derby Road, David Anning, opened 2 Wheels Better, having previously run a mobile bike repair business.