INDEPENDENT businesses can get their hands on a cash boost to help their Covid-19 recovery with a new council support scheme.

Malvern Hills District Council’s Town Centre Support Scheme allows traders in Great Malvern, Malvern Link, Link Top, Barnards Green, Upton and Tenbury to apply for a grant.

The council will provide half the cost of a project up to £1,500 with the business expected to provide the rest.

The money is intended for shop-front improvements like CCTV or better signage.

It can also be used for marketing and branding as well as digital activity to help traders switch to selling online, creating a new website or introducing new technology to their business.

The scheme is part of the council’s £500,000 economic recovery fund created to support the local economy as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

Cllr Daniel Walton, portfolio holder for economy and tourism, said: "All businesses have had a really tough time over the last 18 months but our high street traders in particular.

"This money will support our independent traders to improve their offer to customers, either through physical improvements or adapting their business to new ways of selling and meeting the needs of consumers in a digital age."

Visit for full details of the scheme and how to apply.