Kevin Smith, Chief Executive of IW Chamber of Commerce, has presented one of the first awards from the Isle of Wight Lottery scratchcard scheme to Newport Parish Council towards their signage project.
The scratchcard scheme, launched in April, aims to work closely with town and parish councils across the Island to support businesses with grants for refurbishment. Matched funding is available as grants to pay for new signage, investment in shop-fronts and similar projects to improve the look of the Island’s high streets and retail locations.
Newport Parish Council have been working on a signage project to declutter the town from ‘A’ boards and replace them with a number of stylish sign boards that will include a town map and adverts from businesses.
Julie Jones-Evans, Chairman of Newport Parish Council said:
‘The signage project will ensure the town centre provides a tidy and welcoming image to all. This grant is a fantastic boost to the scheme budget. I hope people continue to buy the scratchcards so more improvement schemes can benefit across the Island”.
Photographed: Steve Smith (Chair of Newport Business Association, Julie Jones-Evans (Chairman of Newport Parish Council and Kevin Smith, Chief Executive of IW Chamber of Commerce)