£8,000 boost for independent retailers in Rugby

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Towns across Warwickshire are celebrating after

successfully obtaining county council funding for schemes

aimed at getting more people back into the high street.

Warwickshire County Council’s successful Operation Footfall

scheme has also announced an extra £100,000 funding pot to

help town centre business initiatives.

Operation Footfall was launched in February as a key part

of the county council’s Going for Growth agenda, and it

aims to provide funding and support for town centre

business groups to lead on and develop projects which

encourage more people to shop and eat in the Warwickshire’s

town centres.

A further round of grants have been awarded today to the

following projects: Nuneaton and Bedworth Citizens Advice

Bureau, £5,000 for a community newspaper; Love Coleshill,

Victorian Week and Small Business Saturday £7,750; Visit

Alcester new events programme £7,350; Love Leamington, a

month-long visitor programme during quieter months £8,550;

and ‘How To Create Your Own Footfall’, a training programme

for independent retailers in Rugby £8,000.

Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council Cllr Alan

Cockburn said: “We are pleased to announce that we have

earmarked an additional £100,000 for Operation Footfall to

continue our work in helping the local economy through

local businesses.

“The project has been a countywide success and we have been

astounded at the positive response of the business groups

and their creative proposals to increases footfall in town

centres.

“As well as supporting many thousands of jobs, town centres

are also important hubs for our communities and we will do

what we can to support their continued viability. We look

forward to seeing even more town centre successes when

these new schemes come to fruition.”

Operation Footfall is open to business community groups –

large and small - to apply for grants to deliver a diverse

range of initiatives to encourage footfall.

Groups can continue to bid for some of the £500,000 pot,

with the next deadline on September 1. More information can

be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/operationfootfall or

follow the news on Twitter @OpFootfall

Other high profile Going for Growth projects being driven

by the county council include apprenticeship programmes,

small business loans and superfast broadband.