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Christmas comes early for Calderdale retailers - and it's no April Fool

Funding boost for Christmas events in the borough

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Christmas has come early for the retail sector - and that’s no April Fool’s Day joke.

Calderdale Cabinet last night granted £41,000 to support the local retail sector on the run up to Christmas.

Funding has come from the council’s Economic Taskforce, which works to support and sustain the Calderdale economy for the benefit of residents, companies and communities in the area.

It will be in addition to the £90,000 already allocated for Christmas lighting within the council’s 2014-15 budget.

Clr Barry Collins, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, said: “Whilst the economy is clearly strengthening, it is important that we continue to support our local businesses by developing networks, enhancing the skills of our workforce and encouraging the growth of local supply chains.

“Initiatives like these are critical in building the economic resilience which will allow our companies to prosper and our communities to flourish.”

A further £30,000 has been made available to support local community enterprises bringing together the Council and local social enterprises

There is a further £11,000 for Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA), in the expectation of a matching award from Kirklees Council. The Alliance has over 300 members from the manufacturing sector and encourages local purchasing between businesses.

Plus they approved £10,000 for Creative Calderdale, for the next two years to build on its success so far as an organisation with over 800 businesses and individuals participating in its events.

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