Businesses looking to find out about a grant scheme run by Elmbridge Council are invited to attend a drop-in session.

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund (ECIF), established in 2009, gives grants to businesses in the borough to help attract more people to the area.

The money can be used to make improvements to shop fronts and signs, new street furniture, promotion and marketing initiatives, as well as learning skills and training initiatives.

The drop in session will allow business owners the chance to find out more about ECIF, hear previous success stories and receive guidance on the application process.

Councillor John O’Reilly, leader of Elmbridge Council, said: “With 17 local businesses attending the drop-in sessions so far, ECIF remains a vital part of the council’s commitment to a vibrant Elmbridge economy.

“I would encourage businesses in the area to take advantage of the help available.”

The fund has given more than £900,000 to businesses and projects in the borough to date and more than 100 applications have been approved.

The drop in session takes place on March 25 from noon to 2pm at the Civic Centre, High Street, Esher.

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