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Novus brings golden touch to Leicester's mile
Residents turned out in force on Leicester’s famous Golden Mile to see how we are helping to improve the look of shop fronts in the area. Residents and shoppers were given the opportunity to find out about our maintenance work recently at an ‘Improvements Day’ held at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, on Rothley Street. 
We are working to improve properties along Belgrave Road and Melton Road, also known as the Golden Mile, as part of a £100,000 grant scheme led by Leicester City Council. We are painting the front of retail units in bold colours in order to improve the vibrancy of the street. The council hopes that the improved shop fronts will increase business for individual retailers and for the street as a whole, leading to more investment, visitors and shoppers.
Retailers along the ‘Mile’ are being invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to cover 50% of works to their property, including improvements to shop fronts, signage, security, external doors and brick work. The ‘Mile’ is renowned for its Indian restaurants, sari shops and jewellers and is located about a mile away from the city centre.
We began work on the first batch of properties along the ‘Mile’ on ‘Improvements Day’, when people were given the chance to meet police, city wardens and representatives from community safety and the council’s highway department. Other improvements were showcased alongside the shop front scheme, including a project to clean the outside of the neighbourhood centre, to paint and clear railings along Belgrave Road and to install new benches and bins in Cossington Park.
Tony Ronayne, operations manager at Novus, said: “We are thrilled to have been asked to help improve properties along the Golden Mile in Leicester and hope that our work to improve the shop fronts has a positive impact on the area.  The ‘Improvements Day’ was the perfect way to mark the start of Novus’ work, and it’s great that so many local residents and shoppers turned out to see how we are working to improve their area for the future.”
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