BIG focus on Portas Pilot project

Ashley Taylor from Push Creative films Ken and Sue Greenwood of Rasen Hardware, some of the main shop owners involved with BIG.
Ashley Taylor from Push Creative films Ken and Sue Greenwood of Rasen Hardware, some of the main shop owners involved with BIG.
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A MARKET Rasen group is showing it has BIG ideas to help breath new life into the town’s high street and encourage people to buy local.

The Market Rasen Business Improvement Group are focusing their attentions this month on delivering a submission for the Government-backed Portas Pilot Scheme.

The scheme, devised by TV retail guru Mary Portas, will select 12 High Streets from around the country and award them up to £100,000 to help fund improvement and regeneration initiatives that re-invigorate local retail.

Each entry must include a video, so members of the MR BIG team were out and about in Market Rasen last week filming with local traders and shoppers.

Now the work begins to edit the footage and fill in the lengthy application to meet the March 30 deadline.

Richard Hallsworth, member of the Business Improvement Group and partner at Nicholson’s Chartered Accountants told the Mail: “Meeting the deadline for the Portas Pilot means we’ve got a lot to do, in a very short space of time, but the opportunity was simply too good to miss.

“The project is really focusing the efforts of the Business Improvement Group and ensuring we commit to firm actions.”

The Group expects to face stiff competition, as it has been suggested more than 300 submissions are expected for the Portas Pilot.

“The team is being pragmatic about our chances of winning,” added Richard.

“Of course we’d love the positive publicity and financial support to help realise our ambitions for the town, but we’re all agreed that the exercise is valuable in its own right, as it will see us lay down a blueprint for positive transformation in Market Rasen.”