Our Colchester

Our Colchester BID Shopfront improvement grants

Launch: Tuesday 25th April 2023
Closing: Tuesday 6th June 2023 (at 5pm)


  • £121k available funding for businesses in Colchester City Centre
  • £96k of the overall funding will be focused on the below streets:
    • St Botolph’s Street
    • Arthur Street
    • Vineyard Gate
    • Stanwell Street
    • Osborne Street
    • St Botolph’s Church Walk
    • Vineyard Street
    • St Botolph's Circus
    • Short Wyre Street
  • £25k of the funding will be available for Independent Levy Payers in all other areas of the BID

Support for Applicants

Our Colchester BID will be running a webinar in May, a recording of this session will be available to businesses as additional guidance.

The BID has compiled a list of local suppliers, CLICK HERE to access this.

Read the guidance notes below or CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy.

Shopfront Design Guidance Document 


To submit an application CLICK HERE. 

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Shopfront Improvement Grant Webinar

Sam Good, Manager of Our Colchester BID will be joined by industry experts to discuss the Shopfront Improvement Grants and provide more information on the potential changes you could implement for your business.

Panel members include Trish Willets, British BIDs Relationship Manager, Hana Loftus, Co-Director of HAT Projects, and Simon Cairns, Development Manager for Planning Colchester City Council.

Supporting your application

As part of the Shopfront Improvement Grant scheme Our Colchester BID are funding 30 minute consultations with HAT Projects to provide your applications with additional support. The HAT Projects team will be able to advise on structural changes, design considerations, and suggested alterations.

To enquire about organising a consultation please email hello@ourcolchester.co.uk

Painting and basic repairs

All non- levy paying businesses with premises located within the Our Colchester BID area who are looking to fix, upgrade and improve their shop frontage and shops that have been
vacant for a minimum period of 6 months are eligible to apply for funding for painting and basic repairs.

Full information can be found here. 

Please read the full information pack before applying.

Apply here.