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Financial support continues for independent retailers in Andover

Andover High Street
Andover: High Street

Test Valley Borough Council could release a further £20,000 to support independent retailers.

The council’s Independent Retailer Grant (IRG) scheme will continue for the next three years.

Next year’s Budget contains a proposal to release a further £20,000 from the New Homes Bonus to finance the scheme until March 2021.

In the five years since the scheme began £27,500 has been awarded, with commitments of a further £4,500.

Economic Development and Tourism Portfolio Holder, Councillor David Drew, said: “Town centre high streets are one of the most challenging trading environments, especially for new and independent businesses.

“These grants are a key practical means of assistance for independent retailers, and just one of a number of ways in which we support and invest in Romsey and Andover town centres and their businesses.

“Town centres have been changing from predominantly retail to mixed leisure and service uses. However, new and independent traders continue to play a crucial role in the uniqueness of a town.”

The IRG scheme was launched in April 2013 to encourage independent retailers to occupy town centre premises which have been vacant for more than one month. The £1,000 grant is paid in two instalments: after three months of successful trading and then after nine months.

Further information about the grant is available here.

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David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.