Portas cash helps Swinton couple

Kara Chapman at the The Whistle Stop Temperance Bar and sweet shop on High Street, Rotherham

Kara Chapman at the The Whistle Stop Temperance Bar and sweet shop on High Street, Rotherham

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Entrepreneurs from Swinton are among traders who have benefited from ‘Portas Pilot’ cash earmarked for Rotherham town centre.

Kara and Tony Chapman opened their Whistle Stop Sweet Shop in the Imperial Buildings then, with help from so-called ‘Portas cash’, were able to expand and open the new Temperance Bar this year .

Theirs is one venture aided by the £100,000 funding that Rotherham Council intends will be used solely for the benefit of people and businesses within the town.

Rotherham is one of 27 areas to receive the controversial cash handout that in this borough was matched by a contribution from the owners of Parkgate Shopping, British Land.

Kara, 38, and Tony, 42, opened Whistle Stop three years ago - and now their latest venture offers shoppers a completely new drinking experience.

Customers can sample sarsaparilla (made from thistle), rhubarb and rosehip juice or black beer with raisins, by the bottle, pint or half-pint.

And the drinks compliment the 600-strong choice of sweets perfectly.

The couple, who have three children, have a sweet-making area and they may apply for a licence in the future.

Other unusual businesses in Rotherham have been similarly boosted.