RSP group photo 1[small]Grants to help boost Whitehill & Bordon’s businesses were so popular that the scheme has been extended so that 10 more can take up the offer from East Hampshire District Council (EHDC).

The retail support programme offered independent retailers in the town grants of up to £1000 to make improvements to their business, as well as providing workshops and coaching sessions.

On Tuesday (1st December) the latest businesses to receive help were awarded certificates to recognise their hard work.

The certificates were awarded by the Mayor of Whitehill Town Council and EHDC Councillor, Cllr Sally Pond, and Leader of Whitehill Town Council and EHDC councillor, Cllr Adam Carew.

Businesses receiving help in the latest round of the scheme were Bushnell Porter Estate Agents, Chapplins Estate Agents, Camber Garage Doors, Fried Chicken Ranch, Crowders Aquatics, Bordon Care, Forest Cards, Chandlers Opticians, Forest Cobbler and the Forest Cafe.

The scheme has been run in partnership with retail experts Vision On, the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company and Orchard Grove Asset Management who are all working alongside EHDC to support Whitehill & Bordon businesses as part of the regeneration of the town.

Whitehill & Bordon’s transformation to Hampshire’s Green Town will see 5,500 jobs created, 3,350 homes built, a thriving new town centre and a host of new facilities built.

It’s expected that 700 of the new jobs will be created by helping existing businesses to expand and this support programme aims to give businesses in the town a boost.

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To date, 24 businesses have been helped with grants, one-to-one business coaching, and interior design advice.

Cllr Adam Carew said: “It’s great to see so much being done to support local businesses here in Whitehill & Bordon.

“It’s really important that we support our local shops in the town and shop here when we can.

“The town’s regeneration is about increasing jobs and boosting existing businesses – and this is a fantastic example of this.”

Cllr Sally Pond said: “I’m really proud of the great shops we’ve got in Whitehill & Bordon.

“It’s inspiring to see so many businesses planning for the future and taking advantage of this programme.”

Susan Williams, Director of Vision On, said: “It’s been really wonderful working with these shops and I look forward to continuing to work with them as the town grows.”

Martin Hodgson of Chapplins Estate Agents, said: “Our customers have been telling us how much the high street has changed for the better.

“It’s great that our businesses are receiving help, especially as our location is one of the first things people see as they come to the town.”

If you run or work for a small business in Whitehill & Bordon you can let EHDC know how it can help you by emailing whitehillbordon@easthants.gov.uk.