A COUNTY Durham firm is looking to support North-East businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic by offering a free refurbishment worth over £5,000.

Architextural, part of Barnard Castle-based William Smith Group 1832, is a stockist and trade supplier of all architectural and building-related films.

To give a boost to firms that may have suffered during the pandemic, looking to the hospitality sector in particular, Architextural is running a competition for one business to win a makeover using self-adhesive films.

Firms can be nominated or can enter themselves.

Architextural marketing executive Jack Carr said: “As a proud North-East business, we really wanted to give something back to the community.

“The result of the pandemic has unquestionably left a dark cloud over the hospitality sector, bringing many closures to boot. But, with the vaccine being rolled out, normality is not too far in the future, so hopefully this project can help kickstart a positive start to 2021.

“Enforced downtime can be used to refurb easily and economically; we’ve seen a number of instances where businesses take the chance to transform interior styling while it is quiet, and our range of architectural films means this can be done with a minimum of fuss.”

Harry Guy, director of Redcar-based Sign Art who will also be working on the makeover, said: "During these difficult times it's so easy for business owners to feel lost and like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

"We feel an immense sense of pride to be working with Architextural to give a local business a helping hand and glimmer of hope.”

The firm is also working with Darlington-based influencer Dan Lovatt, owner of the DIY Instagram page @lookweboughtahouse, to highlight the versatility of architectural films in revamping interiors.

Mr Lovatt said: “Supporting local businesses is so important to the North East community and Architextural’s prize draw offers an amazing opportunity for a company, which has been impacted by the pandemic, to upgrade their premises with a fabulous new look.

“The interior space has a big impact not only on the people who work there, but a show-stopping design will resonate with consumers too, giving them an experience they will not forget.

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“It’s a great opportunity for the public to nominate a deserving business and show their support to the brilliant community we have here in the region. I have nominated a few businesses too so I can’t wait to see who the lucky winner will be."

The makeover prize draw is live, with full details at www.architextural.co.uk/your-finishing-touch.