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Business Grant Made Available in Wincanton, Castle Cary & Bruton Areas

Friday 24 July 2015, 07:36
By Martin Hacker

The facelift currently underway for the old chemist shop, soon to be Alex Appleton Jewellers

A business grant is being made available by South Somerset District Council to help businesses in the Wincanton, Castle Cary and Bruton areas of South Somerset.

The Retail Support Initiative provides funds to make improvements which visually enhance the heart of the town or village.

A Retail Support Initiative grant was recently obtained by Alex Appleton Jewellers to help the business relocate to the High Street in Wincanton. The premises that the business has moved in to had been left empty and neglected for many years. The grant obtained has helped give the shop front a much needed face lift.

The Retail Support Initiative grant will enable businesses to get back onto the High Street and boost the local economy. We have already seen examples of where the grant has helped and we expect to hear from many more businesses interested in the grant. These premises have a particularly attractive frontage and the works will significantly improve the appearance whilst respecting the historic features.

 - Councillor Nick Weeks, Area East Committee Chairman

To obtain details of the Retail Support Initiative grant, contact Terena Isaacs, Community Support Assistant at South Somerset District Council on 01935 462248 or visit the Churchfields Office in Wincanton. Opening hours for the office can be viewed at


Posts: 2
Reply #1 on : Thu July 23, 2015, 23:43:51
I spent a chunk of a Saturday morning scrubbing that shop front down with some members of the Town Team as part of their Big Clean weekend.

We worked really hard on it because it was lightly coloured and presented one of the few fronts to which we could make a noticable difference.

What we should have done is scrape it all off and repaint it!

Good luck Alex. I hope the move is a boon to business.
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Reply #2 on : Thu July 23, 2015, 23:46:32
Hang on. No. I scrubbed it down with a bucket of water and a sponge, *in the company of* some members of the Town Team.
Last Edit: July 23, 2015, 23:47:22 by davidsmith  

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