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Grand 'hello' for new business

golden helloThree new businesses have opened in Long Eaton and Ilkeston thanks to a helping hand from a project to get empty shops back into use.

The £1,000 'golden hello' grant helps businesses move into empty retail premises in the centres of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre.

Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership manages the regeneration scheme on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.

Successful applicants received £500 as an incentive and get a similar amount after ten weeks of trading.

Sam Bailey has opened Lilly B's coffee shop and takeaway on Derby Road, Long Eaton. She sells freshly-ground coffee from a Brazilian micro-grower, sandwiches, snacks and takeway breakfasts. Cakes are freshly made on the premises.

She used her grant for fitting and equipping the premises, which used to be a takeaway but can now seat 14 people.

Further along Derby Road, near The Green, David Anning opened 2 Wheels Better, having previously run a mobile bike repair business.

He has spent his grant on renovating the shop, a former estate agent's office, and making it more attractive to customers ready for when the cycling season takes off in the Spring.

David is also currently being helped by family and friends, but hopes to take on an apprentice.

Casey Foster-Miles, who is a partner in Deakin & White, has opened a traditional barber's at Queen Street, Ilkeston, in what used to be a dance clothing shop. He has already employed an assistant. He used the grant for signage and equipment.

Councillor Geoff Smith, council Lead Member for Planning and Regeneration, is pleased with the scheme's success. It has now approved 39 applications, with 82% of businesses still trading since 2010.

“I am delighted at the continued success of this scheme, both in helping individuals achieve their dreams and also breathing new life into empty premises,” he said.

“This latest batch shows show yet again how varied the applicants and the business ideas that they want to pursue are and I wish them all the best.”

Grants are still available for businesses that wants to move into the area or move and take on empty premises.

Visit ilkeston.biz or longeaton.biz websites for scheme details.

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