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Helston business partnership's bid for £36k for town centre base
8:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Helston Business Improvement Partnership has applied for almost £36,500 to set up its own base in the town centre.
In its application to the town council, the HBIP said the space was needed to store equipment such as projectors, leaflets and high visibility vests, as well as provide a central location for employees such as the market warden and soon to be recruited BID development officer.
The management team, Town Team and volunteers also needed somewhere to manage the organisation without using their personal resources.
Funds would come from the town centre management part of the Section 106 money given by Sainsbury's and Tesco as a condition of their building stores in the town three and four years ago respectively.
In the application chairman of the management team, Andy Perry, wrote: “It has been commented on by our members and local community that the HBIP are not 'visible' in Helston town.
“Most town teams around the country have a shop in the high street that their volunteers and members can use and is used as an information base.
“The HBIP do not have this, which has resulted in members, residents and press visiting or telephoning Town Team members at their place of work (when open) which is not ideal for their own businesses.”
It is hoped the office would start running in October and initially be open for two years.
They have identified 69 Meneage Street, the former BeGorgeous Boutique, as the proposed premises.
The HBIP has said it would look for outside income by renting out office or exhibition space and equipment to other groups and businesses to use, acting as a box office for local events and an information centre for residents and tourists.
The funding bid outlines the proposed budget, which features £7,250 set up costs, £14,603 annual running costs and £300 for an opening event.
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