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Test Valley Borough Council grant hits all the right notes for new Andover bar and music venue

A new bar and music venue in Andover has benefitted from a Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) grant.

The ARK Bar, on London Street, has been awarded an Independent Retailer Grant, following the opening of the premises at the end of 2022.

The venue works closely with community groups and is helping showcase some of the young, local talent that lives all around Andover.

The owner, Jason Wyatt, has lived in the town for the majority of his life and wanted to provide something fresh and different for the growing community.

The cheque was presented to Jason by Cllr Iris Andersen.

Jason said:

“It has been brilliant to open a new business in Andover and to see so many people in the community getting involved. I was really happy to receive the first part of the TVBC grant and to meet Iris again. She does such a wonderful job for the community.”

Andover St Mary’s ward councillor, Iris Andersen, added:

“I was delighted to be able to visit Jason at the ARK Bar and present him with his Independent Retailer Grant. His business greatly benefits the community of Andover and it’s great to see a venue like this championing our local talent. I’m so pleased we have been able to support him in his journey and I would thoroughly recommend other eligible businesses to think about applying for this grant.”

Recipients of the £1,000 grant first receive £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month.

Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants, and cafes.

These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and use of the New Homes Bonus.

For more information about the Independent Retailer Grant visit