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Eastcote Town Centre - Shop front grant scheme

Hillingdon Council is delighted to be offering grants in Eastcote 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.

In the past seven years, more than 180 small businesses have benfitted from the council's shop front grant scheme. Now the popular scheme is being offered to businesses in Eastcote Town Centre. The council has teamed up with shop front design specialists Interrobang and Designed by Good People, who over the past 18 months have both provided design support and advice for a number of businesses in Eastcote.

To date a total of 27 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.

World of Flowers

Before                            After

World of Flowers - Before   World of Flowers - After


Getting a new sign, awning and fresh window boxes marked the end of a tough couple of years for World of Flowers. The florists, which has been a stalwart of the Eastcote community for 60 years, sadly burned down in February 2016 following a heater malfunction and was forced to temporarily move premises, only recently returning to its newly refurbished shop.

Business owner, Lena Archer said she wanted to keep the existing look but enhance it. "It's only been a couple of weeks but people have said that when they come through Eastcote, it's lovely to look at."

Cafe Plaza

Before                                                    After

Cafe Plaza - Before    Cafe Plaza - After

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. Do it online or on paper, whichever suits you best!

  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, Interrobang 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.  

Register your interest 

See examples of improvements in other town centres around the borough.

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