Barrow receives more than £150,000 from Welcome Back Fund

Barrow has been awarded £158,859 to boost the borough’s high streets and prepare for the safe return of visitors and shoppers.

The money has come from the Welcome Back Fund, a £56m government initiative to support the high street and provide reassurance to residents and visitors as Covid-19 restrictions start to lift.

The funding is designed to help councils across England boost tourism, and provide opportunities to give people safer options to reunite with their friends and family this summer.

A spokesperson for Barrow Borough Council said: "The news that Barrow has been granted more than £150,000 as part of the Welcome Back Fund has been very well received.

"We want to ensure that residents and shoppers return to the high street feeling safe while helping boost the borough’s businesses. The council is committed to improving our high streets and we want to create spaces that will encourage people to want to come to visit. The funding from the government will help us reach that goal."