Merton Council has called for businesses in Merton to contact it about whether they are eligible for the Town Centre Improvement Grant Scheme. The scheme is part of a series of initiatives to improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of Merton’s main commercial and retail areas.

The Council scheme, in conjunction with its partners, is initially targeted at small independent businesses, offering them financial assistance by way of a grant, up to a maximum of £10,000, to undertake a range of improvement projects. Some funding will also be available to groups of businesses wishing to undertake group training or marketing and promotional initiatives including comprehensive clean up projects.

Projects eligible for financial assistance include restoring or replacing shop fronts in the style appropriate to the building, initiatives to improve the appearance of empty shops and group training initiatives which results in an improvement of service within the town centre.

The grant scheme is administered within the Business and Environmental Partnerships Unit of the Council and further details on the scheme can be received by calling (020) 8545 3232.

Sue Tanton, Business and Environmental Partnerships Manager, said: “This scheme potentially provides beneficial assistance to businesses and local retailers have expressed considerable interest in it.”