Andover No.78 Specialty Coffee receives refill with Test Valley Borough Council grant

A BOOMING cafe in Andover has proven popular with customers – and has now received another boost from the council.

No.78 Specialty Coffee opened in an empty unit on Andover’s High Street last year.

Owner Paul Hedges gave it a full makeover, breathing new life into the space.

The company initially received a £500 grant for independent retailers from Test Valley Borough Council.

Six months later, the council awarded him a second grant, bringing the total to £1,000.

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Cllr Iris Andersen awarded the second installment.

She said: “I’m really pleased to see that Paul’s new venture is going well – may it continue for a long time.”

Beneficiaries of the £1,000 grant initially receive £500 after three months of negotiation and a further £500 six months later.

To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a downtown ground floor that has been vacant for at least one month.

Eligible businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes.

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