Fife Council are currently launching a business support scheme to help businesses improve the frontage of their business or to make internal improvements. Details about the grant schemes from Fife Council have been copied below.

Fife Council are offering TWO new grant schemes to commercial businesses within Lochgelly. The Lochgelly Charrette highlighted the need to support the revitalisation of the town centre as part of the plans to grow and strengthen Lochgelly into a thriving town, where people stay, visit, work and play.

“The Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme”is available for small scale improvements to shop fronts including painting, security, signage and lighting, and “The Fixtures and Fitting’s Grant Scheme”is available for fixed and fitted internal improvements such as slat walling, lighting and new flooring.

Both grants will cover 75% of eligible costs (excluding VAT) up to a maximum of £1,000 The grants have been designed and funded by the Council’s Enterprise and Protective Services and are open to all types of commercial premises within Main Street, Bank Street and Aucterderran Road.

To be eligible to apply businesses need to:

  • be located within Main Street, Bank Street or Auchterderran Road
  • have an annual turnover of less than £1 million
  • have no more than 3 outlets in their business chain
  • It is important businesses apply for the grant(s) and gain approval before improvement works commence as works cannot be considered retrospectively.

    Hazel Cross, Economic Adviser, with the Regeneration, Environment and Place team explained “these grant schemes are just two examples of the package of support measures we’re using to support the revitalisation of Lochgelly town centre. We’re also working on interventions to raise footfall, customer spend and tackle the vacant units.

    “These grant schemes will offer some much needed support to businesses helping them to improve the frontage of their business and enhance the internal space. It is hoped that these measures will enhance the appearance of the area and improve the shopping experience for both residents and visitors”

    Any business wishing to find out more should contact Hazel Cross on 08451 55 55 55 ext. 47 18 53 or at hazel.cross@fife.gov.uk

    For more information contact
    Hazel Cross, Economic Adviser
    Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 18 53 Fax: 01592 583638 Contact Hazel Cross online
    By Post: Fife Council, Town House, 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW

This scheme was tried several years ago, and there was many local shops and businesses which benefited from the grant scheme. If you would like further information and to view related information please visit: http://www.fifechildprotection.org.uk/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.display&objectid=1DFCE5F7-A4F8-AA9D-F088D9FC09D2039F

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