A HIDDEM gem tucked away in Shaw town centre is taking centre stage after a funding boost from Oldham Council through its Business Improvement Grants scheme.
The exterior of Shaw Playhouse 2 Theatre, which is home of the Crompton Stage Society, has been dramatically transformed into a colourful and eye-catching building.
The theatre is one of several businesses to already benefit from an £100,000 investment pot which has been created to support independent traders and organisations in Shaw.
Crompton Stage Society enquired about a grant towards repainting the frontage and installing new signage improve the appearance and make the premise more visible.
Works also included replacing the emergency access doors and replacing coping stones on the roof.
The grants are available to both new and existing independent businesses and can be used to improve the exterior 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 £3,000.
Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “Shaw Playhouse 2 has been a jewel in the community for more than 80 years and they needed a helping hand.
“It is only right we support hard-working independent traders and organisations where we can and help them flourish.
“That’s why we invested £1.3million to help independent businesses revitalise Oldham’s Independent Quarter and Shaw, Lees and Failsworth district centres.
“If you’re thinking of sprucing up the exterior of your building or setting up shop in Shaw this investment could really help you. It will also help us reach businesses by offering bespoke support.”
Judith Haughton, Treasurer at Shaw Playhouse 2, said: “This funding is a great way of supporting existing businesses and regenerating the area.
“People would often walk past the building and not realise it’s a theatre. It needed a good lick of paint and signage – and we didn’t really have the money to get round to it.
“However, this grant has enabled us to carry out the work and give our building the makeover it deserves – and hopefully attract more people to come and visit us.
“The support we’ve received has been very personal and I’d recommend independent traders and organisations to get involved.”
Any independent traders from Shaw, Lees or Failsworth (A62 corridor) who want more information should contact Liz Kershaw, Principal Regeneration Officer, on 0161 770 4168 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively download an application form and find other useful information from www.oldham.gov.uk/business
For more information on Shaw Playhouse 2 visit www.playhouse2.org