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Last chance for small retailers to bid for grants to protect against crime

Last chance for small retailers to bid for grants to protect against crime

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 15 September 2009

Time is running out for small retailers to bid for grants from a £5 million fund to buy security devices such as alarms, UV markers and radios, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced today.

The Small Retailers Grants Fund is offering grants of up to £3,000 to small retailers in 50 priority areas, to buy security devices including security grills or dye packs to mark goods.

Groups of small retailers working in partnership in an area can also team up to bid for grants of up to £50,000 to help improve a neighbourhood by cleaning it up or adding additional lighting to reduce the risk of crime.

The deadline for applications to the fund is September 30 and retailers in the 50 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) and Community Safety Partnership (CSP) areas are being urged to get in touch before they miss out.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said:

“This £5 million fund can provide real help to small retailers to pay for better security in the places it is most needed and I would urge all eligible retailers to take advantage of this opportunity.

“Small businesses play a vital role in our communities and I am determined to ensure that they are not taken advantage of during these hard economic times, by providing real support where it is most needed.“

To find out how to bid for a grant ring 0845 223 5454, log on to www.grantsadmin.co.uk/smallretailerscapitalfund or email smallretailerscapitalfund@grantsadmin.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The areas eligible to bid for grants from the Small Retailer Grants Fund are: Middlesbrough; Kingston upon Hull; Easington in Durham ; Birmingham; Blackburn with Darwen; Hartlepool; Newham; Stoke on Trent; Blackpool; Bradford; Pendle; Leicester; Haringey; Hastings; Oldham North East Lincolnshire; Preston; Newcastle upon Tyne; Barrow-in-Furness; Sheffield; Wolverhampton; Burnley; Sunderland; Bolton; Doncaster; Merthyr Tydfil; Wansbeck in Northumberland; Redcar and Cleveland; Great Yarmouth; Mansfield; Walsall; Barnsley; Blaenau Gwent; Derby; Coventry; Thanet; Wigan; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Wakefield; Darlington; Kirklees; Barking and Dagenham; Tameside; Waltham Forest; Torbay; Norwich; Plymouth; Portsmouth; Lincoln.

2. The Small Retailers Grants Fund is part of the national Retail Crime Action Plan (RCAP), which was launched in August. The plan was drawn up in partnership with the retail industry, and details a broad range of actions to tackle crimes against retailers and small businesses. They include an online risk assessment tool, developed by crime prevention experts, which businesses can complete to identify simple measures they can take to reduce the risk of crime. For a copy of the RCAP go to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/retail-crime-action-plan

3. The interactive risk assessment tool is available on the Home Office’s website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/secureyourbusiness

4. To request a copy of the Retail Crime Action Plan or for more information contact the Home Office press office on 020 7035 3535.

Contacts:

Home Office Press Office
Phone: 020 7035 3535
NDS.HO@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Adam Murcutt
Phone: 020 7035 3862
Adam.Murcutt1@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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