01 July 2013

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has formally launched its Shop Front Improvement Scheme, one of a range initiatives being introduced this year to assist the retail sector within the Borough.

The Council has created the Shop Front Improvement Scheme to assist shop owners, tenants and landlords to improve the external appearance of their premises. Modest grants are match funded by the applicants themselves. 

The Shop Front Improvement Scheme objective is to improve business frontages including shops, commercial businesses and social enterprises in the retail hubs of Epsom, Ewell and Stoneleigh as a means of supporting the growth of local businesses, enhancing the local environment and raising the appeal of these retail centres to visitors, customers and residents.

Neil Dallen, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee commented “The appearance and quality of shop fronts is vital for attracting customers into and around our retail hubs. As well as brightening up these areas, the aim of the scheme is to provide a more pleasant environment for both the local population and visitors.  We are targeting properties with shop fronts that are in the greatest need of improvement and that will bring about a significant positive impact to the areas – this includes preserving and enhancing the special characteristics of the Conservation areas. The Council hopes that the scheme will contribute to stimulating business and consumer confidence, thereby encouraging further inward investment”

The Shop Front Improvement Scheme is for front renovation and decoration, new signage and the preservation of historical features.

Applications are welcome, details of which can be found on the Council’s website:


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