Shopfronts given new lease of life

Last Updated: 30 November 2022

30 November 2022

Ten town centre shopfronts have been given a new lease of life thanks to a collaboration between South Lakeland District Council and Kendal BID.

The project to improve the external appearance of the shops saw SLDC contribute £500 to add to Kendal BID grants for work on each shopfront.

Work included painting, lighting and repair of stonework, with six of the 10 shops being in the historic New Shambles, which follows an ancient path and became the New Shambles in 1804, when the buildings were redeveloped as 12 butchers’ shops, and is now a vibrant hub of independent traders.

One business to benefit was Shelley Knowles Hairdressing in Stricklandgate. Owner Jennifer Munslow said: “Our shopfront was looking very tired but in trying to build our business back up after COVID we simply did not have the financial wherewithal to consider this. The shopfront grant was so helpful and has really helped us achieve a super fresh look to our salon front and, in turn, a boost to our business.”

Other businesses which benefited from the joint scheme were: Sleddall Hall Antiques in Wildman Street, and The Factory Tap in Aynam Road, as well as Microdot, Rainbow Accessories, About Time espresso bar, Begin with Nature, The Kitten and the Goat, and Love Hair in New Shambles.

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, SLDC's portfolio holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: "One of Kendal town centre's great assets is its unique and special character – and this project has shown that character can be preserved sympathetically while also boosting the kerb appeal of all these wonderful businesses which come together to form the rich tapestry which is Kendal town centre.

"Conventional retail has suffered in recent years and SLDC is committed to doing all it can to support all our village and town centres retain what makes them appealing and vibrant destinations for residents and visitors alike to experience something special.

"It was our pleasure to support this scheme financially and we commend Kendal BID for its tireless work protecting the interests of businesses in the town, and the many and varied businesses who took up the offer and are now reaping the benefits."

Kendal BID chairman Josh Macaulay said: "Kendal BID was delighted to be able to work with SLDC on a funding project that not only gave a boost and facelift to individual business within Kendal but also goes towards improving the overall look and feel of Kendal.

"Kendal BID intends to carry on offering shopfront grants and will re-open submissions of applications in April 2023."

Shopfront grants funded wholly by Kendal BID were awarded to Lakeland Fireplaces in Highgate; Kirkland News, Harry's Pantry in Shap Road, The New Union in Stricklandgate, The Family Furnisher in Wildman Street and Ivy Bank Home and Gifts in Finkle Street.