Dry cleaners to remain in Rugby thanks to grant

Gail Madan, Ian Madan, Robin Swift (Clock Towers Centre Manager), Mark Pawsey MP and Denise Lindon
Gail Madan, Ian Madan, Robin Swift (Clock Towers Centre Manager), Mark Pawsey MP and Denise Lindon

Thanks to Rugby First and the award winning moving in grant supported by Rugby Borough Council, Rugby Dry Cleaners will be remaining in the town

centre and not closing.

The dry cleaning business has had to move out of its existing premises at 39 Regent Street to new premises at 47/48 Chapel Street.

Rugby Dry Cleaners, owned and managed by Ian Madan, has been operating from its base in Regent Street in Rugby since 2009.

The business offers a same day dry cleaning, laundry and ironing service (including wedding dresses and curtains), alongside on-site repairs, alterations and fittings. This it matches with a warm, friendly, professional and customer focussed service that Ian and the team pride themselves on. Ian said: “We were unable to renew our lease in Regent Street and had to move out which meant we either closed or found new premises in Rugby or a

neighbouring town. Rugby First became aware of our situation and not only encouraged us to stay in the town centre but also helped identify potential new premises and made us aware of the moving in grant. They were fantastic and I would like to thank them and Rugby Borough Council for all their help and support over the past few months.”

Ian continued: “As part of the move we have also taken the opportunity to establish Knightly Blinds, a window blinds company, which will operate on the same premises six days a week.”

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director, said: “Rugby First were delighted to help when we became aware of Ian’s situation. We were keen to ensure the town retained a valuable independent business and worked closely with Ian and the Council to ensure this happened. It’s also been a good win win.

“The current shop on Regent Street will be occupied by the landlord and the new premises on Chapel Street that has been vacant for a long time will be back in use so good news all around.”

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council holder for economy, development and culture, said: “The moving in grant has been available now for a couple of years. Although grants are small they very often are a key factor in helping businesses determine whether they locate themselves in Rugby town centre or not.”

Speaking after the opening, Mark Pawsey, local MP said: “I was delighted to be able to come and join Rugby Dry Cleaners for the opening of their new

shop. I know that running your own business can be very challenging at times, but thanks to the great support that is provided by Rugby First in the town centre Ian and his team have been able to move and expand their business. Rugby has a great range of independent shops in the town centre and I am confident that we will see more of our local shops and businesses expand and develop as Rugby continues to grow.”

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