Lessons learned by the Market Rasen Business Initiative Group (MR BIG) are helping more towns in a new initiative.
Director Sara Scott met with Marks & Spencer regional manager of Simply Food, Peter Donohue and Bali Kalia, regional manager for Boots who have been seconded to the Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets campaign.
“We are at the start of this campaign and we are really keen to learn,” said Mr Donohue.
“And we wanted to visit the best of the Portas towns and learn from them,” added Mr Kalia.
And MR BIG was only too happy to help.
“Market Rasen is considered to be one of the highest performing Portas towns and we’ve done it from scratch,” said Ms Scott.
“We are happy to share our knowledge and if other towns can benefit from what we found, that is all the better.
“It’s been a lot of hard work, but it has also been amazing.”
The Healthy High Streets campaign will provide intensive support for high streets in 100 selected towns over a three year period, through access to business expertise and resource to help them realise their potential.
Overall the campaign will seek to increase football by 10%, reduce empty property units by 20% and create 3,000 jobs over the three year period in the 100 selected towns.