Traders urged to apply for shop front grants

Hawick town centre
Hawick town centre

Shopkeepers are being ecouraged to access £500 grants to spruce up the front of their premises as part of the regeneration of the town centre.

The Future Hawick initiative will be funded from the £30,000 council cash given to the voluntary group earlier this year and is aimed at making shops more attractive and appealing.

And the man at the helm of Future Hawick is keen to see local traders taking advantage of the funding boost.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, chairman Derick Tait said the funds are available for centrally-located shops including those in the High Street, Sandbed, Howegate and North Bridge Street areas and that shopkeepers will be expected to match-fund any grant given.

Mr Tait added: “This is similar to another project which ran several years ago and it is an ideal opportinity for shop owners to do up the front of their premises. Not only will they benefit but it will certainly improve the appearance of the High Street.

“I would urge anyone who has been thinking of making improvements to get in touch – and further information can be obtained by emailing admin@hawickonline.com.”

Other initiatives planned by Future Hawick include an invitation to John Cowan, one of Scotland’s leading retail consultants, to return to Hawick to deliver World Host training and further details on this will be made available in the next few weeks.

Mr Cowan is also behind plans for Hawick to be visited by a mystery shopper who will appraise several key aspects of the shopping experience in
town

The group has also agreed to purchase attractive shop window screens, containing the new Future Hawick logo, for use in empty shop windows as well as new upright banners which will be used to promote street events.

Any local businesses who have not forwarded their details to Future Hawick are encouraged to do so by email-
ing admin@hawickonline.com