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Official opening of business helped by grant scheme

A business in Warsop that has benefitted from a £5,000 grant was officially opened today (Friday 31 August).

Bows and Tails, a wedding and party accessories business, on Sherwood Street, Warsop, received the money through the Empty Shop grant scheme which aimed to encourage businesses to take over empty shops.

The scheme offered awards of up to £5,000 to new retail businesses, wishing to take up vacant units in Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse or Warsop town centre.

The owner of Bows and Tails, Julie Osborn, ran the business from home for several years on a part-time basis but a lack of investment was preventing her from launching it full-time in dedicated business premises.

Following several meetings, Mansfield District Council agreed to support the business with the maximum £5,000 grant. The money was used to refurbish the shop including the window and signs as well as providing displays and developing a welcoming atmosphere for customers. The rest was used to buy stock of party accessories.

The business offers balloons, centrepieces, chair cover and vase hire for parties and weddings.

It also provides a dry cleaning service and on-site clothing and curtain alterations.

Julie Osborn said: "I am so pleased that I now have a shop to show people what I can do. It is like having my own wedding fair 24/7. The grant from Mansfield District Council gave me the opportunity to take my businesses to the next step and expand, and I'm excited about the future.

"I'd also like to thank local venues, Rufford Mill and Sherwood Forest, who recommend me to their customers, and business training company Hive, who gave me skills to create my business plan."

Portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, Cllr Kate Allsop said: "We are delighted to welcome Bows and Tails to Warsop. The Empty Shop Grant scheme has helped businesses and supported the Council's wider aim of revitalising the town centres within the District, by not only bringing empty units back into use, but also in some instances supporting new businesses and creating employment."

The Empty Shop Grant scheme has now ended. However, there are still a range of cashback incentives and grants available to people looking to take on business premises within the District.

The Council is offering £250 to its existing business tenants, if they refer a new business to the Council that results in a letting of vacant business premises.

£500 is available for new tenants at any of the Council's four Business Places at Armstrong Hall, Burns Lane, Park Road and Langford Road.

The Council is also offering £1,000 to businesses taking on new leases at any of the Council's vacant commercial properties.

If you are interested, please call Mansfield District Council on 01623 463 463 for further details. Terms and conditions apply for each of the offers.

Published 31 August 2012

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