Keep on bidding! Council leader’s plea to businesses

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Businesses in Fylde are being encouraged to keep applying for a £100,000 pot of cash – after no enterprise was given the go-ahead following bids.

The Fylde Town Centre forum was established to administer the £100,000 High Street Innovation Fund cash given to the borough by Whitehall.

Forum members meet every three months to consider bids from traders and other organisations. Approved bids must show they will help businesspeople in town centres across the area, but no businesses were successful in the first round of bids.

Proposals rejected included a possible town centre manager and smaller schemes to support a toy shop, a craft base and a pet shop.

Councillor David Eaves, Fylde Council leader and chairman of Fylde Town Centre Forum, said: “Sadly we haven’t been able to give the green light to any scheme yet.

“All the schemes were interesting and all the schemes represent a lot of hard work by their proposers.

“It is good that Fylde has people willing to think so intelligently.

“But we only have £100,000 and we will keep looking – it is important that the money is spent wisely on boosting town centre trade.

“We can’t rush that process.”

More bids are now invited to be lodged by Wednesday, August 28 and forum members will meet in September to consider them.

For details and criteria on making a bid, visit www.fylde.gov.uk/business/hsif/