Friday, March 6, 2015

News: Rotherham greengrocer grows with grant

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Local greengrocer John Norris has relocated his town centre business to the Old Town Hall after securing a business development grant from Rotherham Council.

The established and well-known family business which has been operating in Rotherham for over 28 years, provides a high quality range of fresh fruit and veg and is also the only independent town centre store to sell nuts.

Taking over the former JJB Sports unit, the business was previously based in the Riverside Precinct.

John Norris said: "We're really pleased with our new location and the capital grant from Rotherham Council has been a huge boost in helping us to move from Riverside Precinct to the Old Town Hall.

"Our existing customers who have always been very loyal have continued to support us and business is going so well we've had to take on more staff."

Rotherham town centre was named as a Portas Pilot by the Government in 2012 and compiled a pot of £350,000 to support the council and its town team partners in realising its vision to create a vibrant and thriving town centre with a different retail offer by fostering new, independent businesses.

The business vitality scheme aimed at encouraging new independent retailers to open up outlets in Rotherham town centre has been running since 2008. The scheme has provided discretionary financial assistance in the form of rental contributions, business planning, business advice, and contributions to shop front grants, fit out costs and street furniture.

Funding has also been set aside to support existing town centre retailers which has to date supported six local businesses with a business development grant.

Councillor Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Business Growth and Regeneration for Rotherham Borough Council, said: "We're more than happy to have been able to give this financial support to such a well-established business."

Rotherham town centre website

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