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LIA know it makes financial sense to consider the Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme

LIA know it makes financial sense to consider the Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme

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New Shopfront is right on the money!


LIA - Life Insurance Association Ireland - a professional educational and development association for the financial services industry, have been awarded €1,000 in recognition of the work undertaken to transform the shopfront design of its business premises. LIA of Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12 received €1,000 from South Dublin County Council under the Council’s annual Shopfront Improvement 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.


‘I would like to congratulate Terry McGrath on the fabulous improvement to the new shopfront at LIA’ said Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Peter Kavanagh “The Shopfront Grant Scheme provides an opportunity for local businesses and retailers to preserve and enhance our villages. Kimmage Road West is at the edge of South Dublin County and the improvement works on this shopfront creates a good impression as one enters our county.  Winning the Best Designed Shopfront award as well as receiving the grant towards the improvement works shows that it makes sense for local businesses to apply for the Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme. A building’s facade can make a big impact on our streetscape and how a shopfront looks matters to both the business owner and the local community.


This initiative is a further example of the strong supports we are making available to retailers and businesses in our County. I would encourage local businesses to investigate the scheme and see how it can contribute to their trade.”


The annual Shopfront Improvement 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. This is the 8th year of the scheme in South Dublin County and, despite the current economic climate due to COVID-19, the Council has received an impressive number of queries this year. 


“We are delighted to win this award” said Terry McGrath of LIA who project-managed the upgrade. “We have been serving the Irish financial services industry from our location in Kimmage Road West since 1993. Our business is on a very busy roadway, and over the years the front of our office had started to show its age so we thought it time to do something about it. We worked with shopfitters Crossans & Sons Joinery and decided to go with a more traditional look in keeping with the original building. We are very happy with the transformation and are grateful to the council for their support with this grant. It is a great scheme for small businesses and I would encourage other local businesses to consider applying for it.”


Under the scheme, the works at LIA included restoration of the timber shopfront, repainting, and new signage.  Details of the scheme including Terms and Conditions and online form for 2021 are available on the Council’s website at


Contact or phone 01-4149000 ext: 4631 with any queries regarding the scheme.






For more information, contact South Dublin County Council Communications Unit at



Terry McGrath, Member Services, LIA, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Peter Kavanagh, Joanne Keane, Chief Executive Officer, LIA


Hannah Boylan, County Promotion Unit, SDCC, Ralph McGarry, County Promotion Unit, SDCC, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Peter Kavanagh, Terry McGrath, Member Services, LIA, Joanne Keane, Chief Executive Officer, LIA.


The new shopfront at LIA House, 183 Kimmage Rd West, Dublin 12.



About South Dublin County Council


South Dublin County Council is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.


The Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial support. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across seven electoral areas.


Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometers south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometers.


The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.




About the Shopfront Grant Scheme

South Dublin County Council’s Shopfront Grant Scheme is intended to improve the appearance of independently owned shops fronting public streets.


Grants are available to improve the look of your shopfront (50% of the overall cost of works). Example Grant with overall approved costs of €1,200: SDCC pay €600 - you pay €600.


Grants are available for something as simple as painting your shop, replacing signage or even replacing your entire shopfront, certain T&C’s may apply. Please review the Terms & Condition and Design Guide before submitting your application.


To apply for the scheme please complete online Application Form, alternatively send a hard copy including all supporting documentation to the County Promotion Unit, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or via email


Please contact the County Promotion Unit with any queries on 01- 4149000 Ext: 4631 where the team would be happy to assist with the application.



About LIA

LIA was originally founded in the UK in 1972 and the first Irish region was established in Cork in 1978. Subsequently, regions were set up in Dublin, Limerick, the Northeast, Northwest, Midlands, Southeast, and West of Ireland. In May 1993, Life Insurance Association Ireland became an autonomous body with the full support and encouragement of our colleagues in the UK.


Over the past 27 years, LIA in Ireland has played a key role in improving the standards of professionalism amongst those who give and support financial advice, through educational offerings (circa 6.5k exam sittings annually). They have worked closely with industry partners and with the Central Bank in expanding the services provided. When LIA Ireland was established in 1993 their membership was 630. This has grown significantly, recently surpassing 11,000, and these days comprises members from large Life Assurance Companies, as well as Brokerages and Credit Unions all over the country.


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