Second Instalment of Grant for Convenience Store

Test Valley Borough Council has presented the owner of a local Polish convenience store with the second instalment of a £1,000 Independent Retailer Grant.

Meta 24, which sells authentic Polish products and foods, opened in the upper High Street, Andover, in March 2015 and since then it has become an established part of Andover’s retail offering.

Andover St Mary’s ward member, Councillor Iris Andersen, presented the cheque to store owner, Ireneusz Grabowski, in the shop earlier this month. She said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve now been able to present Ireneusz with both installments of the grant. Meta 24 has had a great first year of trading and the business has become an asset to the town. Ireneusz has worked really hard to grow the shop into a successful local business.”

Mr Grabowski said: “Test Valley Borough Council provides new businesses with a lot of support and the Independent Retailer Grant has been a welcome financial boost during my first year of trading. I’d like to thank the Council for its continued support and encouragement.”

Recipients of the Independent Retailer Grant are awarded £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later. 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.

For more information about the Independent Retailer Grant and the other business grants available from Test Valley Borough Council visit

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