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Inz.pired for fashion

Grant for new boutique

Test Valley Borough Council has presented the owner of a new fashion boutique in Romsey with the first £500 instalment of a £1,000 Independent Retailer Grant.

Denize Lloyd-Wickens opened Inz.pired’s ground floor at 15 Bell Street in November 2015 and plans to expand the business by making use of the unit’s first and second floor in the near future. The unique boutique stocks beautiful dresses and pretty accessories which make perfect gifts and treats.

Denize said: “I’d like to thank Test Valley Borough Council for the Independent Retailer Grant. I’ve got lots of plans for the unit, so the money will contribute to the refurbishment. My first few months of trading have been a success and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings.”

Abbey ward member, Councillor Ian Richards, presented the cheque to Denize at her shop. He said: “The unit was in a poor state before Denize moved in so she has worked very hard to redecorate it and turn it into an attractive fashion boutique. It is great to see another new business thriving in the town.”

Recipients of the £1,000 grant receive £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month. Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes. For more information, click here.