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Cooking up a storm in Romsey’s Market Place

A kitchen company with a German twist has received its second instalment of an Independent Retailer Grant from Test Valley Borough Council.

Business owners Paul Turner and Andy Barwell opened the doors to their Kutchenhaus store in September last year. Now, after six more months of successful trading, the pair have collected their second cheque from the council at their store in Romsey’s Market Place.

Together, they boast more than 20 years of experience in the industry and the store includes a range of kitchens and display features showcasing German-engineered kitchens.

Paul said: “It’s been a busy six months, in the Market Place so we feel very lucky to be here. Everyone has been so welcoming and we’re hugely grateful.”

Andy added: “Trading in this town has been a great experience and we’d both like to thank the council and our customers for continuing to support us.”

Abbey ward councillor Nik Daas, said: “Paul and Andy are doing tremendously well and I know they value their place in Romsey which is great to see. It’s fantastic that we have been able to support them and I wish them every success going forward.”

Recipients of the £1,000 grant first 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. These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and use of the New Homes Bonus.