Led by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, in conjunction with the Department for Communities and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the grant scheme launched last summer and offered local businesses the opportunity to apply for financial assistance of up to £20,000 to address some of the operational challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Securing funding of over £5,000, the William Street vet clinic invested in an outdoor awning, three free standing sanitisers and a tablet – helping them not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of their employees and customers but also further complementing additional self-funded renovation works at their Lurgan premises.
Visiting The Town Vet recently, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr commented:
“It was great to visit The Town Vet in Lurgan and see first-hand the positive and practical impact council’s Covid-19 Revitalisation and Recovery Grant Scheme is making to businesses in the borough. The introduction of their new model of service and Covid secure measures not only enhance The Town Vet’s capacity to serve customers within current government guidelines in the short term but also in the long term – helping ensure their continual business growth and development.”
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said:
“My Department introduced the Covid-19 Recovery and Revitalisation Programme to support the recovery of our towns and city centres post pandemic. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has received over £2.2 million through this programme. I am delighted to see that these grants are supporting local businesses, helping to breathe life back into our towns and city centres and ultimately keep them safe, alive and prosperous.”
Running for 20 years, the veterinary clinic is known for its excellent standards, expertise and friendly service – offering procedures such as emergency care, vaccinations, dental checks, micro chipping and more.
The Town Vet owner, Teresa Murray commented:
“With social distancing still very much an important consideration for our business, the new awning enables our customers to queue safely while attending appointments and also helps ensure they remain dry especially during any bad weather. What’s more the new sanitisers and tablet help ensure our staff and customers can safely observe social distancing requirements and public health guidelines.”
Receiving 1,000 applications, the Covid-19 Revitalisation and Recovery Grant Scheme has invested over £1.1 million into local rural and urban businesses to date – awarding 125 grants to help fund projects and equipment to support safe trading and social distancing requirements.