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Southwark Council launches new fund for struggling high streets

Southwark Council’s new ‘High Street Recovery Fund’ to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the pandemic has opened for bids.

The scheme aims to encourage residents to shop local and help independent and local shops and businesses to thrive after the end of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Councillor Jason Ochere, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for jobs, business and town centres, said: “Our wonderful high streets have taken a real hit during the lockdowns and closures over the past year. 

“Southwark is hugely proud of its small, independent businesses and there are many areas of the borough which are destination shopping high streets. 

“While many places have reopened, the path to recovery will continue to be difficult. I want local business owners and those who are self-employed to feel as encouraged and supported as possible, and for us, and residents, to be there with tangible assistance to help them recover after such a challenging and stressful time. 

“That’s why we’re opening the High Street Recovery Fund for bids this week. 

“I’d encourage anyone with a great idea to support their high street to submit it. We’re looking for any concept, event or plan which increases interest, shoppers and footfall to our local high streets, services, town centres and markets, anywhere in the borough. We look forward to seeing your ideas.”

Applications close at 5pm on July 27, 2021. For more information and to apply, visit:

www.southwark.gov.uk/highstreetrecoveryfund

 

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