Retail Support Initiative grant brings improvement works to three South Somerset High Streets

Wincanton, Castle Cary and Bruton have all seen improvements to their High Streets this year, thanks to the Retail Support Initiative grant.

The grant is made available to businesses located in the Wincanton, Castle Cary and Bruton areas and has made shopfront improvements to shops in each of the towns.  It provides funds to make improvements, which visually enhance the heart of the town or village.

Wincanton has seen the former HSBC bank, which has been closed since January 2016, come to life and The Small Cake Shop, now Hooga. Coffee, have a facelift.  Retail Therapy has moved premises, giving it a better location on Castle Cary High Street and as one of Bruton's long-standing businesses, getting a fresh coat of paint.  All have received help from the Retail Support Initiative grant.

Councillor Nick Weeks, Area East Committee Chairman said, "The Retail Support Initiative Grant will enable businesses to get back onto the High Street and boost the local economy. We have already seen examples of where the grant has helped and we expect to hear from many more businesses interested in the grant.  These premises have a particularly attractive frontage and the works will significantly improve the appearance whilst respecting the historic features."