Scunthorpe estate agents first to secure money from new council fund

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A Scunthorpe estate agents has secured over £7,000 from North Lincolnshire Council’s Viable and Vibrant Places fund to move to a larger office.

Whitegates Estate Agents is the first successful applicant to secure funding.

The company will relocate its offices from 121 Mary Street to 72 Mary Street. The funding secured amounted to 50% of the total cost of the project and helped cover heating works, electrics, plastering, flooring, painting and decorating, and new signage.

North Lincolnshire Council launched the £200,000 Viable and Vibrant Places fund earlier this year to support the regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre by bringing empty retail and residential properties in the area back into use.

Businesses can apply for up to £20,000.

The funding available also supports landlords and investors to make improvements to retail properties and build new homes.

Ian Gibson, Director of Whitegates Estate Agents, said: “The Viable and Vibrant Places grant has proved to be invaluable in growing the Whitegates business in Scunthorpe.

“We really wanted to get on board with the ethos of the scheme and for all the work on the new site we have used local tradespeople where possible. In that way, the 50% cost contribution we received hasn’t just helped us, that money has gone on to benefit local painters, decorators, plumbers, electricians and builders.”

Councillor Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council

Councillor Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council

Councillor Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “By bringing empty shops and businesses back into use we can show that Scunthorpe is open for business and help provide new jobs and attract investment.

“We are proud to be able to provide this funding to local businesses to help them expand. Whitegates Estate Agents has been our first successful applicant to the scheme but, with a dozen more applications in the pipeline, we will start to see even more improvements to the town centre soon.”