Local hair and beauty salon The Temple Hair and Beauty has been awarded €1,000 in recognition of the work undertaken to transform the shopfront design of its business premises. The Temple Hair and Beauty, 2 River View House in Templeogue 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.

“The new shopfront upgrade at The Temple Hair and Beauty, Templeogue really is striking and it encompasses everything the Shopfront Grant Scheme is setting out to achieve” said Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Vicki Casserly. “The Shopfront Grant Scheme provides an opportunity for local businesses and retailers to preserve and enhance our villages. 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 to replacing an entire shopfront. Grants are available for 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 fifth year running and would encourage businesses to apply, closing dates for applications is 27 of March 2020.

“We were thrilled to learn that we were chosen as the winner of the best shop-front design 2019” said Geraldine Corrigan, owner of the Temple Hair and Beauty. “As a result of our shopfront refurbishment we have found that more people are now noticing our business and as we are on a bus corridor our new awnings have also given us greater visibility to potential clients travelling past each day both by car and bus. We would encourage all business owners to get involved in this initiative as an improved streetscape encourages more footfall through all our doors”.

Under the 2019 Shopfront Grant Scheme, the works at The Temple Hair and Beauty included restoration of the timber shopfront, repainting, new signage and installation of a new awning. Details of the scheme including Terms and Conditions and online form for 2020 are available on the Council’s website at https://www.sdcc.ie/en/services/business/enterprise/business-support/shop-front-grant/

Closing date for applications is March 27th 2020 Contact econdev@sdublincoco.ie or phone 01-4149000 ext: 4631 with any queries regarding the scheme.