A scheme to transform shop fronts in a town centre has been relaunched.

Ulverston Town Council has opened applications for its popular shop front improvement grants, with businesses invited to apply.

A council spokesperson said: “The front of shop buildings can look better by repainting, repairing or new branding.

"We have been doing this for a number of years as a council.

"A lot of shops in Ulverston have taken advantage of the grant scheme.

“We are launching this immediately with a 40 per cent grant or up to £1,000 pounds in funding.

“Over the last six years 30 shops have taken advantage, including: Brocklebanks greengrocers; Mr Simms Olde Sweete Shop; Cut the Wrap; The Salon hairdressers; and Nevinsons Carpets."

Fay Powley, who runs TP Framework with her husband, said the scheme was vital for local shops.

She said: “The grant was good for us because we had the shop front painted and we had a new floor put down – without the grant we could not have done this.

“It is a great way to improve all the shops in the town and it helps the centre of Ulverston to look attractive, which will invite more customers."

Councillor David Webster added: “We would encourage all businesses in Ulverston’s conservation area to apply for this grant, especially those who have not been in receipt of a grant previously.

“Tenants and landlords can apply."