Local News | Charlies Marks Nine Month Anniversary with GrantTest Valley Borough Council’s successful pop-up shop scheme has seen one of its first tenants continue with their lease at Waterloo Court and celebrate a massive 9 months of trading. A further reward for the continuation of the business is that TVBC has paid out the final installment of Charlie’s Independent Retailer Grant worth £1,000.

Jane Fowler, owner of Charlie’s craft and furniture shop, was one of the first retailers to trial the Council’s temporary pop-up shop scheme when it launched in August 2014. The company’s progression to a unit at Waterloo Court in late 2014 meant that Jane was eligible to apply for the Council’s Independent Retailer Grant.

Economic Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Giddings, added: “It’s great to see Charlie’s progress from a pop-up shop to a more permanent unit in such a short space of time. The Independent Retailer Grant is accompanied by a package of practical measures to help new retailers with many aspects of launching a new business. I am confident that Charlie’s will continue to be an asset to Andover town centre.”

Test Valley Borough Council offers a number of grants available to businesses in the borough. For more information, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk

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