Market Rasen used as model town for business summer school

Reperesentatives of MR BIG gave a warm welcome to members of the Association of Town and City Management summer school who visited Market Rasen last week
Reperesentatives of MR BIG gave a warm welcome to members of the Association of Town and City Management summer school who visited Market Rasen last week
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The success of Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) was the focus of a visit from members of the Association of Town and City Management Summer School.

The town was showcased by organisers of the school being held in Lincoln as a shining example of what can be achieved in a relatively short space of town by committed volunteers.

Delegates were given a presentation on the achievements of MR BIG since Market Rasen became a Portas Pilot last year.

What the group sees as ‘invaluable’ use of social media was highlighted during the presentation too, as well as making use of the more traditional ways of getting support for the high street.

Volunteer directors, John Matthews, Jackie Smith and Darren Lince rounded the visit off with tours of the market place, BIG Corner Shop and Greens.

“I am so impressed with the dedication of the directors,” said one summer school delegate from northern Kent.

“They are so enthusiastic about the town.

“They have obviously put a lot into the project and it is clearly working.”

Another delegate, from Wolverhampton, commented she found it hard to believe this had been an ‘unloved’ town.

“The town appears to be so vibrant now; there is lots going on,” she said.

In recognition of their work, the award-winning MR BIG team was shortlisted for a Best Town award last week by the 
Association, but on this occasion they were unsuccessful.