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Uxbridge Town Centre - Shop front grant scheme

Since 2011, more than 180 small businesses have benefited from the council's shop front grant scheme.

Uxbridge town centre

Phase one - Windsor Street

As part of the Mayor of London's Regeneration Fund, grants have been offered to improve shop fronts in Windsor Street. The Council teamed up with shop front design specialists Designed by Good People, who over the past 18 months have provided design support and advice for a number of businesses in Windsor Street.

To date a total of 31 businesses have taken part in the scheme, giving shop owners grants of up to £4,800 to greatly improve the look and feel of the area. The businesses contributed at least 20% of the cost of the shop front improvements. 

See below some of the changes which have been implemented through the shop front grant scheme.

Wendy's Hairdressers

Before                                                           After

Wendy's Hairdresser Before       Wendy's Hairdressers After


Wendy's, run by sisters Molood Gaykhareh and Zahra Kikhareh, decided to take part in the shop front scheme after customers struggled to read the name of their shop. With the council's help, the pair were able to afford a new sign and fresh paint works to the doors and windows. "We've been here for 16 years, the lady before us had the shop for 27 years, and no work was done to the outside during that time. It's wasn't nice at all and people new to the area couldn't find us because of the sign. Now people can find us much more easily and we've had lots of nice comments from customers."

Although the shop has only recently had its facelift, the changes have already had a positive impact on trade. "Business has definitely improved as a result, and it's good for Windsor Street, keeping it looking nice and clean. It certainly was a big help for us."

Diamond Nails

Before                                                          After

Diamond Nails Before       Diamond Nails After

How does the grant scheme work?

Hillingdon Council is delighted to be offering grants in Windsor Street, Uxbridge to improve your shop fronts. The appearance and quality of shop fronts are vital for attracting customers in and around a town centre, increasing sales and investment and contributing to the unique character and vibrancy of the local streets.  

Who can apply for the grant?

You may apply for the grant if you are an independent business within the Windsor Street conservation area.  

What improvements can you apply for? 

  • New signage
  • Awnings
  • Refurbishment of existing/original shop fronts
  • Lower cost minor repairs

How much is the grant worth?

The council can offer a maximum grant of up to £4,800 subject to £1,200 being paid by the individual. An example of how this would work in practice is shown below:  

If the cost of the improvement is...

Then the council pays...

And the business pays...










How do we apply?

We have made the grant application process as straightforward as possible - just follow these seven steps:

  1. Complete the expression of interest form, or we can email the form directly to you to fill out there and then. We will then contact you to discuss the proposed works, including timescale and required design reports.

  2. Our architects will then make contact with you and other neighbouring shops and will develop concept designs for your shop front improvements. They will also assist in obtaining quotations from recommended contractors.

  3. A shop front grant application form will then need to be completed - we can help you with this.

  4. After the application is made, the council will review and if necessary carry out planning consent procedures - decisions are usually made within 10 weeks. Successful grant applications will receive a formal grant letter.

  5. Once grant offer is accepted in writing and returned, architects will appoint the chosen contractor(s) and project manage the improvement works.

  6. You will be asked to pay your 20% contribution towards the improvements before work commences.

  7. On satisfactory completion of the works the council will pay the contractor(s) directly.  

Interested in this scheme?

Register your interest

See examples of improvements in Harefield Village, a completed project also in a conservation area.

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