Skegness store benefits from £5K council grant

Nicola's Nursery World employees Jessica Cheesman, Nicki Cheesman, Maria Brett and Heaven Cooper outside the new shopfront
Nicola's Nursery World employees Jessica Cheesman, Nicki Cheesman, Maria Brett and Heaven Cooper outside the new shopfront

A Skegness shop front has been refurbished and a full time member of staff employed thanks to a grant from East Lindsey District Council’s Rural Development Fund.

Nicola’s Nursery World, a business which has been established for 13 years, applied for £5,000 to help fund much needed improvements following an 80 per cent drop in custom.

The grant has enabled the High Street shop to completely revamp its frontage, replace old rotten windows and install new signage, and employ a permanent member of staff, as well as create a seasonal vacancy.

Proprietor, Nicola Williams said: “The shop frontage needed refurbishment and using local tradesmen new windows and signage have been installed, and we have already seen an increase in business. The grant awarded by the council has enabled us to give the premises a fresh new look outside, which also improves the appearance of the High Street. Although we have maintained the nursery department, we have been able to incorporate a homewares department JT Homestyle too.”

Portfolio holder for coastal economy, Coun Steve Kirk, said: “The Rural Development Fund is about supporting businesses to grow and prosper and I’m pleased that Nicola and her team have been awarded the grant and been able to improve their business as a result.”

Since its launch in 2012, the Rural Development Fund has awarded £800,000 to 28 local businesses, creating 43 full time positions, 12 part time positions and six apprenticeships.