£10,000 grant is great news for Brigg town centre businesses
Despite having missed out on funding from the Portas Pilot initiative, Brigg is set to be boosted by a £10,000 grant from the Government.
Brigg's application to be a Town Team Partner has been formally accepted, bringing a further boost to trade.
The funding has been welcomed by members of the Brigg Town Business Partnership (BTBP) who worked on the original Portas Pilot bid.
The business partnership's original bid focussed around having a town centre manager to promote the town, regenerating the river area, creating more business in the market place and recreating a community feel.
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Despite receiving a fraction of the £100,000 the partnership first applied for, business owners in the town have said the money will help boost businesses in the town.
Announcing the news at a meeting of the partnership, chairman Byron Teague said the money would help fund events that the BTBP wanted to set up.
"This is great news and thanks go to everyone who worked hard on this bid," he said.
"The money will help us improve the signage in the town which is something we have been looking at and with events that we were planning, such as the Brigg Amateur Social Historian's walk through the town."
Mr Teague told the group there was no timescale on when the money could be spent but the group would have to work within the parameters that were set up in the original bid.
Nationally there were 370 bids for the Portas Pilot scheme with only 12 being selected in May. A further 15 communities received £100,000 in a second phase of funding in July.
Any towns that were unsuccessful in the Portas Pilot bidding could submit another bid for a £10,000 grant to boost trade.
Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, worked with the BTBP to submit the town's bid and said the success was testament to all the hard work.
"I am happy to be able to support this bid and to sign it off," he said.
"A lot of work has gone in to it and I want to thank everyone that has been involved.
"It was sad that we missed out on the Portas Pilot funding but this is a welcome substitute.
"The thing about Brigg is that it is doing pretty well and in this difficult economic times it has been quite sheltered. There are not a lot of empty shops and we have plenty of people coming to the town as visitors.
"The money is for the town partnership to work out how to spend.
"Unlike a lot of government and council money this is really led by the people in the town."