A BEAUTY salon in Lees has a new stylish look and expanded team after support from Oldham Council’s Business Improvement Grants.
Slender World is one of several businesses to already benefit from an £100,000 pot created by the local authority to support independent traders and organisations in the village.
The grants are available to both new and existing independent businesses and can be used to improve the exterior of the premises or for an internal fit out where the business can demonstrate business growth and/or job creation.
Grants are for 50 per cent of the capital costs up to a current maximum of £8,000.
At Slender World, customers are now enjoying relaxing new treatment rooms on the first floor of the High Street premises and a larger bathroom/wet room area.
Clare Rogers, Slender World owner, has also employed apprentice beauty therapist Abbey Nichols to join her team of beauticians.
Clare said: “Our salon has been in Lees for many years providing a relaxing and pampering experience for our customers.
“I’ve wanted to give the business a makeover for a long time to enhance our offer. Without the Business Improvement Grant I would not have been able to afford the work.
“With the extra facilities I’ve been able to employ a young apprentice and she has been great for the business.
“The grant has really given my business a boost and I’d urge others in the area to take advantage.”
Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “It is only right we support our hard-working independent traders where we can and help them flourish.
“That’s why we’ve invested £1.3million into Lees, Shaw, Failsworth (A6 corridor) and Oldham town centre’s Independent Quarter.”
Any independent traders from Shaw, Lees or Failsworth (A62 corridor) who want to find out more information, should call 0161 770 2077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, download an application form and find other useful information online: www.oldham.gov.uk/business