Two busy bars in Ashby will now cater for more customers than ever before thanks to a new courtyard roof funded in part by a grant from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC).
The Wine Bar and The Cocktail Bar are two venues that share an outdoor courtyard in Rushtons Yard, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Both have previously had to contend with the traditional English weather which significantly reduced capacity or soaked guests already outside.
This issue is now a thing of the past thanks to a new retractable roof that covers the entire courtyard during poor weather. It has been made possible by a £6,000 Enterprising Town Centres grant from NWLDC, which added to investment made by the owners.
The grant scheme was set up to support the growth of town centre businesses, to encourage new businesses to occupy vacant properties and to enhance the unique character and identity of our town centres. It made between £500 and £25,000 available to small independent businesses within our town centres of Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham
Kate Zamani, owner of both The Wine Bar and The Cocktail Bar, said: “This grant will allow us to increase sales of food and drink, expand as a business and employ more staff. It’s great for our customers too who have more space to enjoy and the cover of the retractable roof if the weather is bad.
“Without the support of the district council’s grant and the Business Focus team this would not have been possible and we’re very grateful. I think it’s really important local businesses are supported in this way for the good of our town centres.”
Ward Member for Ashby Castle, Councillor John Coxon, said: “I welcome the investment made by the Zamanis, supported by a significant grant contribution from district council through the Enterprising Town Centres scheme.
“The outdoor canopy is a fantastic addition to an independent business at the heart of Ashby town centre. It’s very pleasing to see the evolution of a local business and the way in which this has received financial backing from the district council."
Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at NWLDC, said: “The Enterprising Town Centres scheme has now seen 15 businesses receive a combined total of over £80,000 from the district council. It is so important we encourage our town centres to grow and thrive, and I’m pleased the grants are helping to make this happen.”
The district council is interested in hearing from businesses that are seeking financial support. For more information contact Business Focus on 01530 454609.