Shopmobility Newport appeals for £60k to save business from closure after council dropped funding


Shopmobility Newport has sent out a desperate plea to ask for financial help to secure its future after the council announced it would be dropping its funding for the store at the end of this year.

The Scooter rental shop says it will be forced to close its doors if it cannot lock in £60,000 by March after Newport City Council pulled the plug on its funding, leaving the business in limbo.

The money is needed to cover rent of the premises, staff wages and other running costs, and the store is trying a number of different routes to try and drum up support.

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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched and Shopmobility is calling on sponsors to get in touch to help finance the business.

Speaking to South Wales Argus, Peter Wivell, trustee of Shopmobility Newport said: “The clients are steadily coming back, but they want to know what is going to happen in the future and at the moment we can’t tell them anything.

“But we’d been managing until the council decided to say ‘no more’.

“We’re starting to panic now.”

 “If we don’t get anything by March, that’s three people out of work and Shopmobility will cease to exist.”

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