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£10,000 grant to help revitalise town trade

BUSINESS leaders are celebrating after receiving £10,000 to help revitalise the town.
Housing Minister Mark Smith MP confirmed this week that Dartmouth Business Forum had been accepted as town team partners by the Government and will receive a support package from the Association of Town Centre Management.
The package includes a number of measures to generate business in the town, including shared learning with the help of retail experts and £10,000 towards establishing the town as a Business Improvement District.
The partnership comes after South Hams MP Dr Sarah Wollaston wrote to the Government in support of the team’s application for backing.
Paul Reach, chairman of the business forum, is delighted with the cash.
He said: ‘As a result of the funding we now have enough to employ a consultant and look at the viability of Dartmouth as a BID.
‘The town team is meeting next week for its annual general meeting and after that we will choose a consultant, ready to get the ball rolling and plans under way in mid November. We will also put together a five-year plan for the town, maybe even look at branding it with a specific logo.
‘Dartmouth has a lot to celebrate and at the moment it just isn’t being utilised properly.
‘As a result, we’re going to look at lots of marketing methods, including ways of highlighting the town’s rich heritage.

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