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West Bridgford’s Cuzina restaurant has welcomed vital UKSPF support for sustainable growth

Last updated: 14/3/2024

Cuzina Greek restaurant in West Bridgford has undertaken a vital renovation enabling them to sustainably grow, safeguard jobs and increase footfall and visitor numbers.   

The project is supported by Shared Prosperity Funding from the UK Government (UKSPF) and the funding, allocated by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), has enabled the restaurant located on Radcliffe Road in the town to elevate the business by providing essential sustainable upgrades to the site.

A kitchen refit has meant the business can meet increased customer demand and new energy saving equipment including heat lamps and updated ovens has enabled the business to significantly reduce energy costs.

Refurbishment works also included a new restaurant layout, providing the venue with additional seating essential for increasing capacity at the site. New flooring, tables, chairs, lighting and signage is also in place to enhance the visitor experience.

Cuzina opened in 2017 with five members of staff and has since grown to employ 20 people with further opportunities to expand their team as a direct outcome of the project completion.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Business and Growth Cllr Abby Brennan said: “Through our UKSPF business support grants we’ve allocated funding to support this growing establishment that will help to sustain and create new jobs for local people.

“The area makes an important contribution to the local economy with top sporting venues including Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and The Nottinghamshire Sports Club all within a short walking distance.

“Local businesses play a big part in helping to attract this footfall to Radcliffe Road and the surrounding area and help to expand our visitor offer for the Borough.

“The refurbishment at Cuzina looks fantastic and has created a modern and welcoming environment for new and existing customers to enjoy when dining out.

“These works have helped to modernise the venue and provide additional seating to maximise their venue capacity, which is essential for the business to manage peak hospitality times on weekends and during match days.

“The energy efficiency and productivity enhancing upgrades to the site are also vital in the sustainability of the business and will help to reduce running costs.”

Cuzina owner Nicholas Procopiou added: “The UKSPF grant is incredibly helpful and allowed us to completely renovate which is something we wouldn’t have been able to do without this additional support. It’s really enhanced our business capabilities.

“We reopened last month, and we’ve received an amazing reception from new and existing customers. They’re really impressed with the new look, and we received lots of positive comments.

“In line with the refurbishment, we adapted our menu which includes our signature spanakopita spring rolls, octopus with fava, lamb kleftiko and many more delicious meze dishes to fit with the new look.”