Central Bedfordshire Council high street scheme set to boost new Ampthill cafe

10 April 2018

Central Bedfordshire Press Release

For Immediate Release


PR 8264

10 April 2018


Council's high street scheme set to boost new Ampthill café


A new café in Ampthill's Church Street is set to open with help from Central Bedfordshire Council’s £1million High Street Improvement Scheme.

This capital funding offered grants to landlords and businesses for up to 60 per cent of total costs of renovating shop fronts, forecourts and making improvements to vacant units, in order to attract more shoppers and visitors onto the high street.

The Market Square cafe, will be the second branch opened by the owners of Biggleswade's popular Surfin’ Café, which is also benefitting from High Street Improvement Scheme funding.

Market Square will receive £20,877 from the Council towards a new shop front, branding, signage, awnings and lighting.

Cllr Nigel Young, Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The High Street Improvement Scheme is all about helping to boost the vibrancy of our town centres so this funding will help some successful local business owners make their new café stand out and entice more people into the heart of Ampthill.

“Along with the Market Town Regeneration Fund initiatives already announced for Ampthill, this is another example of our area-wide focus on helping to rejuvenate and revitalise Central Bedfordshire’s market towns.”