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Independent restaurants in Ealing invited to apply for £11,500 grant from American Express to grow their business

Independent restaurant owners across Ealing are being invited to apply for one of six grants of £11,500 to help grow their business.

In an initiative supported by financial services company American Express, six restaurants of community importance in London will receive £11,500 each to help them make improvements to boost their business.

The American Express-supported grant programme is run by the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation in partnership with the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) and is the second year it has been run. The programme aims to highlight the important role independent restaurants play in their local communities and offer them support to enable success.

Applications close on 7 July 2023 and Ealing restaurant owners can learn more about the programme and how to apply at: downtown.org/event/bisr

David Downey, executive director, IDA Foundation said: “As we launch the Backing International Small Restaurants programme for the second year, we recognise the vital role that small, independent restaurants play in our communities. This programme is a demonstration of our commitment to supporting these businesses and helping them thrive and succeed in the wake of ongoing economic challenges worldwide. It is an honour to implement this innovative work with the generous support of American Express and partnership of the ATCM.”

Ojay McDonald, ATCM chief Executive said: “London is home to one of the world’s best hospitality scenes. This scheme from American Express provides a golden opportunity for innovation from those business owners with great ideas on how to evolve but who lack the capital to be able to invest. This programme can help turn potential that exists with our small food businesses and convert that into reality as part of a global movement for innovation. We are delighted to support this.”

Dan Edelman, general manager, UK Merchant Services at American Express added: “We are proud of our record of championing small businesses and the important contribution they make to their local communities. Hospitality businesses continue to face challenging times so we hope this grant funding will offer a welcome boost.”

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