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Ardee businesses urged to seek Shop Front grants

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Finlay's shop on Irish Street, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Louth County Council are inviting applications for grants to improve shop fronts and exteriors in Ardee, having extended their Shope Front Improvement Scheme.

The local authority say that due to the popularity of the grants they have decided to extend the initiative for 2017. The grant scheme is available to retailers and business owners in Ardee – as well as Drogheda and Dundalk. The council hope businesses will use the available money to rejuvenate town centre shop fronts.

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Last year, Louth County Council launched the ‘Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme’, as part of their suite of new business incentives. It is hoped that retail businesses will be encouraged to restore traditional shop fronts, repaint existing shop fronts and even move security shutters inside their premises – leaving window displays and attractive paint displays on show in evenings and over weekends.

“It is hoped that this initiative will continue to help enhance shop fronts in the town and alongside the Small Business Support Scheme and New Business Incentive Scheme, assist existing retailers and attract new businesses back into the town centres,” Mary T Daly said.

“Shop fronts are one of the most important elements in determining the character, quality and perception of retail streets in our towns and it is hoped to promote good quality shop fronts through this initiative.”

Louth County Council has also published a Shop Front Design Guidelines booklet and they are encouraging business owners who are thinking about carrying out works to take advantage of the grants available. The scheme does not cover structural repairs such as roofing or the installation of systems such as CCTV.

The grant will cover 50% of the cost of the improvement, to a maximum of €2,000.

Details of the scheme are available on www.louthcoco.ie or you can request the design guidelines and application form by emailing: [email protected]

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