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THREE new businesses have opened in Long Eaton and Ilkeston after being given a helping hand through a scheme to bring 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.
The regeneration scheme is run by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, which manages the scheme on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.
Successful applicants have received £500 as an incentive and will get a similar amount after 10 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 microgrower, sandwiches, snacks and takeway breakfasts. Cakes are freshly made on the premises.
Sam has been a chef/pastry chef for 17 years working in Greece and Nottingham.
“I have always wanted to open my own business selling home-made cakes,” she said. “The family have always encouraged it and I named the premises after my nan who died last year and was a great inspiration to me.”
She is being helped by a relative at the shop, but is looking to recruit, including a delivery driver.
Sam has used her grant for fitting and equipping the premises which used to have just a takeaway counter 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.
“The shop became available in a good location at a decent rent and I saw it as an attractive opportunity,” he said.
David has been in the trade for 20 years. He now sells new bikes as well as a range of accessories from the shop.
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.
“The Golden Hello is a good scheme which has been a massive help. It's also been a quick and easy process,” he said.
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.
Casey, who has been in the trade for 10 years, said: “The scheme has been a great help.”
The partners have another barber's shop on Derby Road, Long Eaton, which has been open for seven years and employs four people there.
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.
Motorists visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres can now transfer their pay and display tickets between certain car parks.
The move is another New Year scheme as part of Erewash Borough Council’s wider town centre regeneration programme, with councillors confirming the ‘transferability’ promotion is a permanent one.
Notices in the car parks that are part of the transfer scheme are now in place on the tariff boards alongside the pay and display machines. The boards are marked with two categories - a blue circle, and a red square. Tickets can be transferred between car parks within each of these categories.
The notice boards now show the car parks that can shoppers can switch between:
• Blue circle short stay car parks: Ilkeston – Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton – Beaconsfield Street and lower
• Red square long stay car parks: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place. Long Eaton – Claye Street, Gibb Street, Lawrence
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is more good news as 2015 gets underway and is another clear example of our commitment to helping boost trade within our town centres and to making it easier for shoppers to explore and move around when visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton.
“We have looked at the best car parks to include in the transferable ticket system and we are confident it will be welcomed and well-used by visitors.”
The ‘ticket transfer’ scheme in selected car parks has been introduced as part of a New Year double by Erewash Borough Council which has also launched its free one-hour parking in some of its busiest town centre car parks.