Two popular town centre stores have been saved from the threat of closure thanks to support from a body set up to help businesses in Northampton.
Made in Northamptonshire and Antiquities, both in St Giles Street, were facing up to the threat of closing their doors for good – until the intervention of the town centre Business Improvement District.
The BID’s ‘Inspired Northampton’ project helped secure the future of the two businesses by providing advice and support, bringing them together under the umbrella of Action Support.
BID director Brendan Bruder said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help. Both these stores have become firm favourites in St Giles Street and it’s wonderful to have been able to play a part in helping secure their future.
“We look forward to seeing them continue to flourish and really establish themselves within the business community.”
Action Support, which runs the two stores, is a social enterprise which focuses on getting people on the margins of society into work. They will continue to work with more than 40 locally-based artists operating out of the Made in Northamptonshire shop with items for sale including paintings, wood craft, leather goods and jewellery.
Part of the project will see the stores showcase products from other stores such as St Giles Cheese and Northampton Wine, while ongoing work to rediscover the overgrown Victorian gardens at the back of both premises is nearing completion.
Chairman of Action Support, Sue Armstrong said: “The support from the BID has been crucial, both in terms of finances and expertise. They have really helped us out.
“We’re now looking forward to getting stuck in to complete the work in the gardens and the continuing renovations of the shops.”