Businesses prosper from free support and funding through retail programme

Published Wednesday 20 March 2024

Independent shops across Harborough district have benefitted from receiving free support and cash grants for improvements to help them thrive.

Branding inside Lutterworth business Love, Light and Harmony
Lutterworth business Love, Light and Harmony has benefitted from the Rise and Revive in Retail programme

Local business owners acquired the necessary skills to improve their trade from retail expert Laura Harrison of LH Retail Development Limited as part of the Rise and Revive in Retail programme offered by Harborough District Council.

Laura used her knowledge and experience in the sector to help 19 businesses with planning, attracting new customers from promotions and marketing, shop layout and merchandising as well as advice on increasing profits through sales.

Businesses have also been able to breathe new life into their premises using funding through the programme to spend on shop and window displays, stock control systems, new signage and search engine optimisation.

Cllr Simon Galton, Deputy Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “It’s important that we support local retailers to improve and remain viable great businesses at the heart of our communities. Independent shops bring their individuality and unique personal service to our market towns and centres.”

Lindsey Cunningham of Love, Light and Harmony in Lutterworth, said: “My business benefitted from free support. The guidance and resources have enabled me to streamline operations, expand outreach and establish meaningful connections within the community.

“I am immensely grateful for the help and encouragement I have received. Because of grant funding I can improve my website offerings and reach even more people.”

This project is government funded with £19,760 for retail support and a further £17,271 for grants from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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