Tait hails interest in shop front scheme

Derick Tait
Derick Tait

Future Hawick is delighted with the initial response received for the shop front improvement grant scheme currently being promoted.

It is hoped that the match-funding grants, which have been introduced to help businesses with external repairs and maintenance, will create a more vibrant and attractive appearance for the town’s central shopping areas.

Future Hawick chairman Derick Tait said: “We’re only two weeks into the scheme and already there have been over a dozen enquiries. This is a positive attitude to High Street trading and reflects a desire to create a better business environment.”

The grants, which are available for both occupied and unoccupied properties, are being funded from Scottish Borders Council’s £30,000 investment package for Hawick and have been promoted in response to concerns expressed by businesses in the survey carried out by Future Hawick.

More information from Chrystie’ Furnishing Centre in Victoria Road or by contacting Future Hawick on admin@hawickonline.com. The final date for applications is October 31.