A BOOMING coffee shop in Andover has proved popular with customers - and has now landed another boost from the council. 

No.78 Speciality Coffee opened in an empty unit on Andover's High Street last year.

Owner Paul Hedges gave it an extensive refurbishment, breathing a new lease of life into the space. 

The business was initially awarded a £500 Independent Retailer Grant from Test Valley Borough Council.

Now six months later, the council has given it a second grant - bringing the total up to £1,000. 

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Cllr Iris Andersen awarded the second instalment.

She said: “I am really pleased to see that Paul’s new venture is going well – long may it continue.”

Recipients of the £1,000 grant first receive £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later.

To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month.

Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes.

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