Local beauticians Rathfarnham Beauty Clinic have been awarded €1,000 in recognition of the work undertaken to transform the shopfront design of its business premises. Rathfarnham Beauty Clinic on Main Street, Rathfarnham Village, received €1,000 from South Dublin County Council under the Council’s annual Shopfront Grant Scheme. The award of Best Designed Shopfront was in addition to a grant received to part fund the installation of an improved shopfront design.


On handing over the cheque for €1,000 to proprietor Catherine Halley of Rathfarnham Beauty Clinic, Mayor Guss O’Connell said “I congratulate Catherine on the fabulous improvement to the new shopfront of her beauty salon in Rathfarnham. The wonderful façade sets off what is already a lovely street scape in this picturesque Village. Winning the Best Designed Shopfront award on top of receiving the grant towards the improvement works shows that it makes sense for local businesses to apply for the Shopfront Grant Scheme. How a shopfront looks matters to both the business owner and the local community.”


The annual Shopfront Grant Scheme provides grants for something as simple as painting, replacing signage or replacing an entire shopfront. Grants are available for up to €8,500 to a maximum of 50% of overall costs. Furthermore, a prize of €1,000 is awarded for the Best Designed Shopfront under the scheme. South Dublin County Council launched the scheme for the fourth year running on January 31st, 2017 and would encourage businesses to apply for the current scheme, which closes for applications on 31st of March 2017.


I’m delighted with this award”, said Catherine Halley, proprietor of Rathfarnham Beauty Clinic. “I’ve had so many positive messages from customers about the new shopfront design and look. I’ve been serving customers in Rathfarnham Village since 1999 and it’s great that the Council gives businesses the opportunity to apply for this grant. I would really encourage other small business owners in the area to consider applying for the scheme; as it improves the look of the whole area, which can only be good for business and customers.”


Under the 2016 Shopfront Grant Scheme, the works at Rathfarnham Beauty Clinic included restoration of the timber shopfront and repainting.


Details of the scheme including Terms and Conditions and online form for 2017 are available on the Council’s website athttp://www.sdcc.ie/business/enterprise/business-support/shop-front-grant


Closing date for applications is March 31st, 2017 Contact econdev@sdublincoco.ie or phone 01-4149000 ext: 4631 with any queries regarding the scheme.