INDEPENDENT shops in the Lutterworth area can get help to rise and revive from a new business initiative developed by Harborough District Council.
The Rise and Revive in Retail programme offers free advice and guidance to businesses, delivered by retail specialist Laura Harrison of LH Retail Development Limited.
It will teach ways to breathe new life into shops, including help with planning, attracting new customers with promotions and marketing, improving shop layout and merchandising, and improving profits margins.
Businesses which sign up to the programme can access a retail grant scheme to help with making retail improvements such as the purchase of shop and window displays, stock control systems and changes to signage.
Susie Lickman, owner of Windowsill Plants in Market Harborough, has benefitted from the support.
She said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Laura and I really appreciate the work she put into thinking about my business. It was particularly reassuring to feel that she really understood what I am trying to achieve. Her suggestions are relevant and not just generic solutions.”
Coun Phil Knowles, the leader of Harborough District Council and its spokesman for Culture, Leisure, Economy and Tourism, said: “Local independent shops bring individuality and great personal service to our local market towns and centres. It’s important that we support them to improve and remain viable businesses at the heart of our communities.”
Email [email protected] to check eligibility.
Visit https://tinyurl.com/2r5v5sc6 for more information about business support in Harborough District.