Photo: Dover District Council

The Pop Up Café in Deal was awarded a £10,000 grant to help them expand into the previously empty premises next door. The owners opened the original café in the summer of 2012 as a temporary venture, but trading went so well they decided to stay, and they now employ 15 members of staff.  

The shop bakes bread, croissants, cakes and granola bars, and also makes soups, salads, sandwiches and toasties, as well as speciality coffees and loose leaf teas. 

DDC’s Town Centre Business Grants are helping to revive high streets across the district, providing financial support to help local businesses bring empty commercial properties back into use. The scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 to bring commercial properties back into use, or up to £1,000 for shopfront refurbishments. 

Owner Hetty Pound said: “In these challenging times, this grant from DDC has been an amazing contribution to the South end of Deal High Street. We are really happy with the outcome and hope other shops in the locality are aware of the support the council offers small businesses.” 

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We are very pleased to be able to help another local business to succeed in the district.  This is another example of how our Town Centre Business Grant Scheme continues to help support local businesses and regeneration in our town centres.” 

For more information on Town Centre Business Grants, including other successful applicants, please see the business grants pages on the DDC website.

By Ed

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