Bright boost for Barking businesses

By James Renoux-Wood - Mon 24 June 2013, 10:54 am

A group of artists and designers have been hired to 'Paint the Town', in an initiative to give makeovers to the shutters and shop fronts of 50 businesses in Barking town centre.

The project, which is funded by London mayor Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund, was set up in 2011 to deliver prosperity, bring in business and improve the safety and appearance of town centres, particularly at night.

Jeremy Grint, divisional director for regeneration and economic development said: "This is a great opportunity for businesses and residents alike.

"Adding distinct artwork to shop fronts can dramatically enhance the visual appearance, and therefore we call on businesses in Barking to pick up the phone and call the Paint the Town team."

The Sandwich Shop and the Women’s Advisory Centre in Barking have already benefitted from the scheme. 

Zarah Ibrahim from the Women’s Advisory Centre said: "It’s amazing what paint and imagination can do. Not only for the women we advise, but [for] local [women] too.

"We can see and feel the wonderful change this has brought to the area from the reactions of people walking past."

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