Albert's Shed, which runs live music venues in Telford and Shrewsbury, is the biggest recipient in Shropshire of the Culture Recovery Fund.

The Shed received £580,000 to help recover from coronavirus and promote a sustainable business model for the future. The venue hosts theatre productions, comedy and live music, whilst also working closely with the BBC, Shrewsbury Business Improvement District and Telford & Wrekin Council in promoting live music in Shropshire. The company has also forged links with the music department at Telford College and employs several students from the college on a part-time basis.

The £257million investment was announced yesterday as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.