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More than £250k awarded to Borders shops

A scheme which provides financial help towards shop-front revamps has helped fifty businesses in the Scottish Borders.

The 'Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme' was set up by the Scottish Borders Council and has no been running for three years.

More than £285,000 has been granted to local traders, with around £100,000 allocated again this year.

The money is spent on everything from new signage and joinery work to brightening up town centres.

"I am delighted so many of our local town centre businesses are taking advantage of this scheme.

"It not only provides grant aid to local retailers and town centre businesses and improves the visual appearance of our town centres but it also has an important secondary impact on the local economy.

"Many local traders, such as painters, joiners, stonemasons and sign manufacturers have gained vital additional work. Much of the spend has gone directly into our local economy."

– Cllr Stuart Bell, Economic Development, Scottish Borders Council

The latest phase of funding allows for new improvement works to begin next year.