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We have awarded grants to 17 businesses across the Dover District since November 2018, here's some of the completed projects:

Elephant and Hind, Market Square, Dover

Elephant and Hind

The new owners of the Elephant and Hind, which opened Friday 12 July, have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from DDC to help with refurbishment costs. 

Harry Richardson from the Elephant and Hind: “We are delighted to be reopening the Elephant and Hind and aim to provide the Market Square and the local community with a relaxed and welcoming community venue.  We will be serving pastries and coffee in the mornings plus fresh pizzas throughout the day and evening, made with sour dough from the bakery that will shortly be opening across the square in Dickens Corner.   We are a dog friendly establishment and will be providing a variety of entertainment including live music and quizzes.  We would like to thank Dover District Council for their help and support during these renovations and are excited to be part of the regeneration of this wonderful town.”

Cllr Steven Manion said: “This is another great example of how our Town Centre Business Grant Scheme can help to support local business and continue to regenerate our town centres. Grants are available to support local businesses, and we would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply.”

Gamebase, Unit 3a 11-16 Biggin Street, Dover

Gamebase

When Game decided not to renew the lease on its Biggin Street store in Dover, former employee, James Pearce, seized the opportunity and  has now opened his own digital gaming business, Gamebase.

As well as selling computer and digital games, James has redeveloped the store to include a gaming arena, where gamers can play their favourite new and classic games.  The venue offers competitions and parties with refreshments also on sale. 

James Pearce said: “We’re delighted to bring something different to Dover in what is a combined game store and gaming arena for all ages.  We strive to create a new social environment with pay-per-play, birthday parties, private hire, competitions and league events.  It’s something different in the town centre to help its wider regeneration.”

Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “It’s great to see continued new investment and growing confidence in Dover town centre.  We’re delighted to support James through our town centre grants programme and we wish the team at Gamebase well with the new venture.”

Lava Lounge, 31 Biggin Street, Dover

Opening-day

Lava Lounge was been awarded a grant of £10,000 from DDC to help with refurbishment costs, and opened on Friday 24 May.

Ben Dowle from the Lava Lounge said: “We would like to thank Dover District Council for helping us to bring Lava Lounge to Dover’s Town Centre.  The grant money has been put towards the refurbishment costs and we are very excited to be opening on Friday for the people of Dover to enjoy.”

Europa Fish & Chips, 9 Bench St, Dover

Europa

Europa Fish and Chips on Bench Street, Dover, has been awarded a grant of £1,000 for rendering, painting and new signage.

The owner Mario said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this grant and would like to thank DDC, this gives us a spring in our step when re-opening on the 24th April“.

Jayne Miles, DDC Corporate Projects Manager said: “This is another great example of how our Town Centre Business Grant Scheme can help to support local business and continue to regenerate our town centres. Grants are available to support local businesses, and we would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply.”

Urban Calm, 6 Bench Street, Dover

Urban Calm official opening

Our first town centre business grant of £8.5k was awarded to sisters Sacha and Leanne Eastwell who have opened a new beauty salon, named Urban Calm, in Bench Street, Dover.  

Dover District Council Chairman, Councillor Sue Chandler was delighted to officially open the salon on Saturday 10 November 2018.

The Salon combines the sisters' existing businesses, Sacha’s Nails and Brows and Leanne’s Lash Perfect and also offers a range of other beauty treatments, including spray tanning and state of the art sunbeds.  The salon caters for both men and women and has facilities for beauticians to rent space for their own businesses.

Sacha and Leanne chose the premises in Bench Street due to it's proximity to the nearby St James’ retail and leisure development.

Sacha Eastwell said: “Receiving the grant has allowed us to expand the new salon, enabling us to create more beauty facilities available for local beauticians or apprentices to come and join our team.  We feel the contribution has given us a much better chance of not only growing our own businesses, but helping to create a professional work space for others, and we are very grateful for the grant funding, which has contributed towards our new venture.”

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Joanne Harmer Gallery, 134 High Street, Deal

Joanne Harmer

The Joanne Harmer Art Gallery has been given a new splash of colour after being awarded a grant of £1,000 for external repairs, repainting and redecoration.

Cllr Mike Conolly, DDC Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources and Performance, said: “We are delighted to have awarded a grant to Joanne Harmer’s Gallery.  This is the second grant made under the new scheme, and we would encourage anyone eligible to apply. This is a great example of how our Business Grant Scheme can help to support local business and continue to regenerate our town centres.”

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Brunch, 22 Biggin Street, Dover

Brunch

An independent cafe in Dover was awarded a grant of £1,000 for a shop frontage refurbishment and roof repairs. 

Dan and Ellen from Brunch said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this grant, and would like to say a big thank you to Dover District Council. This will help us to provide further renovations, and we look forward to continuing to provide a high level of service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the town.” 

 

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