Grants hoped to revive town centre centre

Leven High Street, Leven, Fife
Leven High Street, Leven, Fife

OVER 20 businesses in Leven have been successful in bidding for grants of £1000 to help them grow.

It’s hoped the cash and subsequent improvements made will go some way to building the foundations for a more prosperous town centre in years to come.

The Fife Council grant scheme was open to all types of small business to make a wide range of small scale improvements, such as repainting shop fronts, installing new fixtures and fittings, creating or upgrading business web-sites, security, signage and lighting.

Some of the businesses successful in securing a grant include Alteration and Repairs, DM Homecare, and Ultimate Passions.

Ultimate Passions owner Mandy Smart told the Mail: “Customer impression of a shop is instrumental in their spending, by using the grant to invest in new laminate flooring and window lighting we’ve been able to create a nicer space for our business to grow.”

The grants are part of a project of regeneration set out in the Levenmouth Plan, which aims to tackle the underlying causes of inequality and help regenerate the area over the next 10 years through a range of practical measures in economic development, raising educational attainment and improving the physical environment.

Maria Young, owner of Alteration and Repairs, said: “This has improved my property and enabled me to improve my businesses potential.”

Chair of the Levenmouth area committee Councillor David Alexander said the grant project was just the first in a series of initiatives aimed at reversing the fortunes of the ailing town centre.

He confirmed that improvement works will also be carried out on the High Street to help make it more attractive.

Owner of DM Homecare, David Galloway, used the grant towards refurbishing his shop front and re-fitting the interior counter and display units.

To find out more visit to www.fifedirect.org.uk/yourtown and select Leven.