ANDBC Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme Business Survey

Closed 4 Sep 2023

Opened 7 Aug 2023


The Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme was welcomed by councils across Northern Ireland when it was introduced in 2020. The programme provided funding for the local authorities to carry out interventions in cities, towns and villages that would introduce measures to create a retail experience that was safe and welcoming while Covid-19 remained a risk. 

The programme was delivered through a joined-up approach between the Department for Communities (DfC), Department for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and local councils.  

Each Council developed a Revitalisation Plan that identified two tranches of interventions. These plans were devised working with a variety of stakeholders. Urban and Rural Recovery Working Groups were established and met on a regular basis, comprising of Elected Representatives, Department Officials, Business & Community Representatives, and Council Officers.  

The first tranche of funding was assigned to fund measures required immediately to allow businesses to reopen safely following the Covid 19 pandemic, and the second tranche was used to deliver medium- to longer-term business support interventions. 

Ards and North Down Borough Council was awarded £1.75M through the Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme, which allowed the council to support a range of projects in our city, towns, and villages across the Borough.  

The Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme had 4 strands: 

  1. Business Recovery Support - Financial assistance for businesses to carry out adjustments and improvements to their properties. 

  2. Physical Intervention and Streetscape Projects - Projects to strengthen and reinvigorate our City, Towns and Villages. 

  3. Support Local - Initiatives to encourage and welcome people back to our City, Towns and Villages. 

  4. Sustainable and Active Travel Projects - Initiatives to enable more people to choose active travel.  

Why your views matter

We want to hear the views of businesses located within the project areas to understand how these projects have made a difference.

*The project areas are defined as:

Ballygowan, Ballyhalbert, Ballywalter, Bangor, Carrowdore, Comber, Conlig, Cloughey, Donaghadee, Greyabbey, Groomsport, Helen's Bay & Crawfordsburn, Holywood, Killinchy, Kircubbin, Lisbarnett & Lisbane, Millisle, Newtownards, Portavogie and Portaferry.


Ards and North Down Borough Council would appreciate if you can take a few minutes to complete the survey. It is a multiple choice survey with the option to add additional comments. 

What happens next

Thank you for completing the survey. 

Your answers will be analysed and used to inform the evaluation of the Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme.  

Ards and North Down Borough Council is a Data Controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This notice confirms the Council's commitment to protect your privacy and to process any personal data submitted by you in a manner which meets the requirements of the Data Protection legislation. Any information provided will be used solely for the purposes of this evaluation process. 


  • Ballyhalbert
  • Ballywalter
  • Conlig
  • Greyabbey
  • Kircubbin
  • Millisle


  • Anyone from any background


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