Nine companies in Herne Bay have now benefitted from a grant from the city council under a scheme to support the town’s independent businesses.

The Herne Bay Grants Programme was set up to help local businesses enhance their service to customers and/or develop new or expand existing products. It’s funded through money paid to the council by the developer of the Altira retail park on the edge of the town following the granting of planning permission.

The successful businesses are Gardenia Lingerie, Taylor Meats, Salon 123, Style Photography, Pashleys Cake Emporium, Bside the Cside, The Studio, Sweet Sol and Monsters Closet.

Between them, they have been awarded nearly £38,000. Five more applications for funding are currently being assessed.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to businesses that meet various criteria. Crucially they must be located or seeking to locate within the defined project area of Herne Bay town centre, as set out by the developer of Altira.

The council’s Head of Business and Regeneration, Caroline Hicks, said: “This grant programme is helping to transform the future of businesses in Herne Bay and that’s great news for the town. The feedback from some of the successful companies so far on the impact the grant has had has been very positive.

“We can also back the money up with all the support and advice that local firms need to thrive. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time to run a business in Herne Bay.”

For more information, write to Herne Bay Grants Programme, Business and Regeneration, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW, email info@canterbury.co.uk or visit the Grow My Biz website