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Welcome Back Business Grant supports more businesses

A further two local independent businesses have now benefited from West Berkshire Council's Welcome Back Business Grants Scheme, in which £140,000 has been set aside for projects to support the district's high streets, shopping areas and visitor economy to re-open successfully this summer.

Posted by: Communications on 04 August 2021 12:20
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Issued on: 4 August 2021.

Weavers Coffee Shop, in Newbury, received £1,005 to purchase smart new tables, chairs and parasols for their outdoor seating area.   The business estimates that the new purchases will result in up to 80 additional customers per day.   Why not pop in to see them in the attractive Weavers Walk courtyard off Northbrook St and enjoy a delicious hot meal or choose from their great selection of cakes and snacks?

The Old London Apprentice Pub, on the corner of Hambridge Rd and Boundary Rd in Newbury, have received £4,853 to help upgrade their outdoor seating area, with additional picnic tables, lighting, raised planters and a brand new picket fence.   They were able to welcome around 250 new and existing customers to their new-look outdoor space at their Beer and Cider Festival last month, which showcased local breweries and music.  

The latest grants bring the total spend to date to over £10,000 including the grant paid last month to Little Yum Factory, which has enabled the home-based business to set up a new market stall to sell organic food in environmentally friendly packaging at local markets and food festivals around the district.     

The remainder of the £140,000 funding has been allocated to a further 24 independent businesses across West Berkshire following an application process.   You can find out more about coming events and activities funded by the Council via the Welcome Back Business Grants scheme at

Cllr Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said:

"It's great to see local businesses like Weavers Coffee Shop, the Old London Apprentice and Little Yum Factory being so proactive in welcoming back old and new customers this summer.   

"I can't wait to see the outcome of what the other 24 businesses around the district have got planned.  We hope this funding will help drive footfall to these fantastic independent businesses and local suppliers, supporting a strong recovery in the West Berkshire local economy."

Old London Apprentice Before The Old Apprentice Pub Before


Old London Apprentice After The Old Apprentice Pub After


Weavers Coffee Shop Weavers Coffee Shop 




Last modified: 19 October 2021 08:10

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