Centre for black culture and enterprise saved after securing cash

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A regional centre for black culture and enterprise that was at risk of closure has been saved after securing more than half a million pounds of government funding.

The Black South West Network (BSWN) has been awarded £520,000 by the Department of Levelling Up Homes and Communities to refurbish its headquarters in Bristol.

The Coach House, in St Paul’s, is urgently in need of repairs and was recently at risk of shutting for good. But the funding will now be used to transform the venue, which has served the community for the last 100 years.

Of the funding, £50,000 will be used to make sure the refurbishment project is delivered on time, BSWN said.

Sado Jirde, director at BSWN, said: “We are thrilled with this funding award. It

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