Test Valley Borough Council has awarded local Polish convenience store, Meta 24 Limited, an Independent Retailer Grant.
The store, located at 97 High Street, has been successfully trading for several months, supplying authentic Polish products and foods to Andover’s residents. Store owner Ireneusz Grabowski, said: “It is a welcome boost to our business to receive the financial support and backing of the Council.”
Andover St Mary’s ward member, Councillor Iris Andersen, said: “I was delighted to present the first instalment of the Independent Retailer Grant to Meta 24 Limited. The store plays a valuable part in supporting our growing Polish community in Andover, and introduces a little bit of something different to our High Street.”
Recipients of the Independent Retailer Grant are awarded £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 after nine months. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month. Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes.
The Independent Retailer Grant is designed to attract independent retailers into vacant shop units in Andover and Romsey town centres. The £1,000 fund is complemented by additional benefits such as membership of the British Independent Retailer Association.
For more information about the Independent Retailer Grant and the other business grants available from Test Valley Borough Council visit www.testvalley.gov.uk