Wednesday, 27 August 2008 10:32

Help for firms hit by Post Office closures

Written by  Ruralcity Media
A £20,000 scheme is to help Shropshire businesses hit by Post Office closures.

The grant scheme is being delivered by Shropshire County Council and the Shropshire Access Partnership in partnership with Business Link West Midlands.

Post Office bosses recently completed their review of the branch network in Shropshire under the controversial Network Change Programme.

The review  will lead to the closure of Post Offices in 23 communities, although under the proposals a limited number will have a separate outreach service.

In response to this announcement, the council and the Shropshire Access Partnership have allocated a total of £20,000 to be offered as grant support to those Post Office branches which are directly affected.

Grants of up to £1500 are available which will allow branches affected by the closures to invest in new equipment, make alterations to their shop or launch new retail lines.

They will also receive support and advice on their future from advisors at Business Link West Midlands.

John Hurst-Knight, Shropshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy, said Post Offices and general stores played an important role in delivering services to communities across Shropshire.

"We are disappointed that Post Office Ltd is closing 23 branches in Shropshire, but the new grant support scheme we are offering will help the general stores connected to Post Offices to continue and develop new retail opportunities."

All 23 Post Office branches affected by the Post Office Network Change Programme have been sent details of the grants and how they can receive support from Business Link.

The grants programme will remain open until 31 October 2008.

Further details about the grants programme are available from Kath Pickwell at Shropshire County Council on 01743 252534 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                 See also:
                              Inquiry probes post office closures (21 August 2008)
                              Warning by MPs over post office closures (28 July 2008)
                              Older people hit by post office closures (22 July 2008)
                              Local councils team up for post offices (1 July 2008)
                              Impact of post office closures revealed (3 June 2008)
                              Thousands more post offices face closure (13 May 2008)
                              Businesses in plea over post offices (8 May 2008)
                              Former minister slams post office closures (11 April 2008)
                              Cornwall to probe post office closures (11 April 2008)
                              'Deep concern' over post office closures (2 April 2008)
                              Government wins vote on post offices (19 March 2008)
                              Council's £1.5m bid to save post offices (19 February 2008)
                              MPs hit out at post office closures (11 February 2008)
                              Protests fail to save rural post offices (14 January 2008)
                              Fight for post offices, residents urged (9 January 2008)
                              Bishop hits out at post office plans (24 December 2007)
                              MPs probe post office closure plans (17 December 2007)
                              Study counts cost of postal closures (13 December 2007)
                              Consultants called in over post offices (29 November 2007)
                              Service fends off post office closures (26 November 2007)
                              Park chief speaks out on postal closures (6 November 2007)
                              MP's campaign against post office closures (23 October 2007)
                              Celebrities line up for post offices (15 October 2007)
                              Councils in move to save post offices (3 October 2007)
                              Watchdog in plea over post offices (3 October 2007)
                              Threatened Post Offices are named (2 October 2007)
                              Thousands sign Post Office petition (13 July 2007)
                              Postal plan threatens village shops (13 June 2007)
                              2,500 post offices set to close (28 May 2007)

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