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Harwich business redecorating thanks to Mayflower Grant Scheme

A hairdresser’s salon in Harwich is being revamped with help from Tendring District Council (TDC).

Hair SHAC by the Pier, on The Quay, successfully applied for funding from the council’s Harwich and Dovercourt Bay Business Grant Scheme.

The salon has been approved for almost £560 in match-funding for the works, which will see the redecoration of the salon as well as the installation of new blinds.

The grant scheme is to support independent businesses within the Harwich and Dovercourt town centre areas with a whole range of refurbishment and improvement projects, offering match-funding of between £100 and £2,000.

A total funding pot of £20,000 is available, and the money is primarily being targeted in both towns to help mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower – the ship which carried the Pilgrims to America, which was from Harwich, along with several of her crew.

Gemma Deex, owner of hair SHAC by the Pier, said she will be using local firms Charlotte Briscoe Interiors and Rob McDonald Painting and Decorating to further support Tendring businesses.

“I am extremely grateful for the approval of this grant as it will enable me to make my boutique salon even more chic,” Mrs Deex added.

“This has come at the perfect time as the salon is closed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and I can’t wait to get started so hair SHAC by the Pier will be back open with a beautiful fresh feel for all our existing and new clients.

“I would also like to thank Tendring District Council for its support in providing this grant.”

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, urged other firms in the area to apply for a grant.

“It’s brilliant to see us starting to pay out some of the grant money to support local businesses, and the work being done to Hair SHAC by the Pier I’m sure will look fantastic when completed,” Cllr Newton said.

“With this grant not only are we supporting hair SHAC by the Pier, but through them local tradespeople too which is great to see.”

“As Gemma has found, now could be the ideal time for other businesses in Harwich and Dovercourt to plan and carry out works such as these if you are closed due to Covid-19, and I would urge businesses to apply as soon as possible.”

For more information about the grants scheme visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/harwich-and-dovercourt-bay-business-grants-scheme



For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.